Can Eating Spicy Food Cause Pimples?


There are 7 billion people on earth and we can say with utmost confidence that all of them can agree on one thing. ‘Life is hard but life with acne is waaaaay harder.’

Okay now picture this: You wake up on a fine Sunday morning looking forward to brunch with your friends. You head to the washroom and stand in front of the bathroom mirror to start your day and there it is; one massive pimple sitting on your left cheek. Your fine Sunday takes a turn for the worse and you spend all day at home thinking what did you do wrong that God punished you in the worst way possible. Relatable?

If yes, then let us help you out a little here. One of the reasons that you are facing acne breakouts can be spicy food. Read on to find out why!

Note: The correlation between spicy food and acne will vary from person to person depending on their skin type.

Breakouts usually occur due to excess oil on the skin and imbalanced pH levels. Spicy food usually has tomatoes, chilies and bell peppers which alter the pH levels in the skin and triggers acne breakouts.

In addition to that, if you’re not used to eating spicy food then there’s a very good chance that your acne is due to spicy food. That’s because every time you have spicy food, it creates an inflammatory reaction which raises your body temperature causing you to sweat. This sweat, in turn, triggers the formation of oil on the skin which traps impurities and dirt leading to acne and other skin problems.

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