Acne & Diet - Does Not Eating Meat Cause Acne?

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Myth or Fact?

Acne is a skin problem that can occur for any number of reasons. One myth is that a vegetarian diet can cause acne breakouts. While this is the same as many myths, being that there is some truth in it, it is not strictly true that not eating meat causes acne. Acne can be caused by many of the items that vegetarians eat in order to fulfill nutritional values that meats normally contribute.

There are 3 factors of a vegetarian diet that can cause acne breakouts.

Factor #1: Dairy Products

Choosing to eat dairy products to get protein and calcium can lead to acne because they are fatty, contain lactose and are hard for the body to digest. Lactose is a form of sugar which is a common source of acne. In order to obtain the benefits of dairy without causing acne flare ups limit your intake of dairy and get your protein and calcium from leafy green vegetable and beans

Factor #2: Sugar

Processed sugars such as the ones in candy, cookies, and cake are a leading cause of acne in vegetarians and meat eaters alike. To avoid the acne problem switch to dehydrated fruits or raw nuts, instead of sweets for a snack.

Factor #3: Omega 6 Oils

Refined vegetable oils are used in many chips and other packaged foods such as canned goods, and spaghetti sauces. These are the culprit of many acne breakouts. In order to avoid this problem, you should always read the ingredient list on packaged foods, and when cooking use either extra virgin olive oil or flaxseed oil.

Preventing Vegetarian Acne

By limiting your intake of these three factors and drinking plenty of water along with your vegetarian diet which includes vegetables, fruits, and a variety of foods you can avoid acne related to your diet. Note that this does not address other causes of acne, and that basic skin maintenance play a major part in preventing acne in any case.

Not eating meat does not cause acne, but many of the things a person eats to compensate for the lack of meat can cause acne.

References, Savvy Vegetarian,, Greener Advice