9 Drinks That Are Making You Break Out

These drinks are not your skin’s best friend

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Clear these drinks from your cabinet if you want to avoid skin issues.

Whether you are a teenager or an adult, acne is a scurge that's unwelcome on anyone's skin. Other dermatological problems such as eczema, dermatitis, or just dull skin are not fun to deal with, either. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but outward appearance is the first thing we respond to before we can get to know someone's personality. As a physician, I cannot tell you how many people suffer from low self-esteem and lack of confidence because of their skin problems, and it saddens me.

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My first approach is to inquire about overall lifestyle, including stress and nutrition. Research has linked high levels of stress with acne outbreaks, as well as changes in cortisol and hormone levels. And while there always seems to be controversy about whether sugar, dairy, or greasy foods can cause pimples, research has suggested that these foods do in fact trigger acne and poor skin health. Eating or drinking foods that have a high glycemic index like soda, juices, cookies, and pastries can stimulate a release of the hormone insulin which leads to increased sebum or oil production in the skin glands, clogging pores and making way for breakouts. Dairy products have been shown to cause inflammation throughout the body, on every level from cells to tissues to organs, and if you remember your biology classes in high school, you know that the skin is the largest organ.

A diet low in essential fatty acids like omega-3, which is often the case in the Western diets, can be a culprit in unhealthy skin and many skin conditions. The "good" fats are beneficial because they offer anti-inflammatory properties: not only do the heart and brain benefit from these fats, but also the skin. Many GI disorders, such as celiac disease and Crohn's, are linked to poor gut health overall, are implicated in more serious conditions like psoriasis. When I see patients with any type of skin condition, I immediately check their hormone and cortisol levels along with a gut health profile which includes food allergies/intolerance and markers for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

I advise my patients to reevaluate what they are eating, and I teach them how to decrease mental/emotional stress. The synergy of mind, body and spirit is essential for optimal health. You cannot have one part of the equation working without the others. There are a few things in life that every human will positively benefit from, and it is essential to find and make time for these things.

1) Restful and adequate sleep

2) Healthy diet

3) Exercise/Yoga

4) Good sex

If you stop and think about these things, it really makes sense. All these things allow cortisol and hormone levels to be regulated while sugar is balanced and the body is being detoxified on the mental and physical realms. And when you are treating your body well, it will radiate from the inside out: and there is nothing better to have radiant skin, hair, and nails. Following these four rules will guarantee you glowing skin.

When you consider what to drink, choose simple drinks like water and coconut water, what Mother nature has readily available for us. Avoid sugar overload and artificial sweeteners and colorings. Replace milk with almond and coconut milks. Detoxify and alkalinize your body—all of the drinks mentioned below can increase toxicity and acidity in the body, which has deleterious effects on the skin.

Cheers to radiant and healthy skin!

Soda (Diet or Regular)

Loaded with more sugar or artificial sweeteners, these drinks contain many harmful chemicals than the body is capable of handling. The sugar load incites a detrimental cascade of events in the body, which eventually leads to insulin resistance, weight gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems.

Juice

Unless you whole-juice at home, you are buying yourself a very unhealthy drink loaded with sugar, preservatives, and artificial colorings, all of which cause acne and lackluster skin. Packaged juices or boxed juices are loaded with additives, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup, and these can all cause skin to lose its elasticity and youthfulness.

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Dr. Deepa Verma of Synergistiq Integrative Health believes that healthy and holistic living is the key to happiness and aging gracefully. Follow her on Twitter @DrDeepaVerma and subscribe to her Youtube Channel. 


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I am 62 years old and drank all kinds of stuff including carbonated soda. I never had one blemish to speak of. What is the scientific proof that this causes acne? How about keep a clean face!! Sweat and dirt adds to outbreaks!!

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"the human body is just not meant to digest another mammal's protein" really, what about beef, lamb, pork, venison, buffalo? The list goes on.

"we are the only species of animal that consumes another species’s milk" What about cooking, we are the only species that cooks our food, does that mean we should stop cooking? ALL animals seek out nutrition from another living organism, why is milk an invalid source of nutrition, especially if you are or can adapt to that form of nutrition?

"we wonder why lactose intolerance is a huge problem"-for those people who are lactose intolerant. What about the human populations that have evolved to digest lactose?

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I agree with 95% of these drinks causing acne, but the real problem is the added sweeteners and chemically created additives. Fruit juice in moderation is not bad for you. Just make sure the fruit juice is unmolested with chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup since it does not grow naturally (takes a chemistry degree to create) and energy drinks (nothing but chemicals created in a lab). Water is the best bet for good health, but a natural juice or tea can break up the monotony of just plain water.

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"the human body is just not meant to digest another mammal's protein" really, what about beef, lamb, pork, venison, buffalo, the list goes on.

"we are the only species of animal that consumes another species’s milk" What about cooking, we are the only species that cooks our food, does that mean we should stop cooking? ALL animals seek out nutrition from another living organism, why is milk an invalid source of nutrition, especially if you are or can adapt to that form of nutrition?

"we wonder why lactose intolerance is a huge problem"-for those people who are lactose intolerant. What about the human populations that have evolved to digest lactose.

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Teen-agers are most prone to acne. Should "good sex" be on the list for them? I can't forward this to my granddaughter.

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I am a sugar holic!! I drink nothing but coffee and diet soda. I have never ever ever had an acne problem. Am 56 and am told all the time how great my skin is and how I do not look my age. I also do not wear any foundation or moisturizer on my face. Eyeliner, lipstick and away I go!! So that theory doesn't add up!!

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I drink most of these and my skin is great! Everything in moderation

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These are the myths of the 1960's' Acne is caused by bacteria, heridity, and testosterone levels per individual; food plays no role in breakouts. Science proved this decades ago.

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My question, do you expect people to ONLY drink water, all the time? Because that's literally every other drink out there.

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good sex ha sure

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Guess I just copy my dog and carry around a water bowl. I like each of the drinks they list as being bad for you.

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Is this 'Dr' ad dermatologist?
All of the dermatologists I have worked with do not believe that diet has anything to do with acne, but hormones do.
Make sure your sources have the knowledge for the subject.

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Absolutely. Acne is the result of heredity, bacteria and testosterone levels per individual. This so called Dr. is going back into the 1960's theories. She is wrong.

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"...believes that healthy and holistic living is the key to happiness and aging gracefully."
Well, just because you believe something doesn't mean it's true. Where is the scientific evidence to substantiate these claims?

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This is a really good list of drinks that can make up break out. There really is a correlation between diet and acne which many people overlook. I have stopped drinking diet soda over a year ago just for health purposes but after reading that diet soda causes acne I knew that I would never go back to drinking it.
I read it from this article which explains how the wrong diet can cause acne. <a href="http://best-acne-remedies-otc.com/acne-and-diet-a-review-of-the-latest-evidence/" title="http://best-acne-remedies-otc.com/acne-and-diet-a-review-of-the-latest-evidence/">http://best-acne-remedies-otc.com/acne-and-diet-a-review-of-the-latest-e...</a>
You also mention juices as being a trigger for acne which is absolutely true because of the sugar content. Even natural juices still contain sugar so I would be mindful of how much we drink because sugar is sugar whether natural or not.

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