Monday, April 30, 2012

Does Drinking Water Help Acne?

Many people claim that they’ve cleared their skin by drinking water.  Is it true?  Can it really be that simple?

Drinking water is good for you.  Plain and simple.  Staying well-hydrated is critical to good health, and when we’re dehydrated, our health suffers as a result.  If our body’s under stress, our acne will get worse.

However, there are plenty of dehydrated people in this world that do not experience acne.  And there are plenty of well-hydrated people out there that still suffer from breakouts.

So why does water seem to work such wonders for so many people?

Let’s think about it… If you’re drinking lots of water, you’re probably going to be drinking less of other beverages that may be triggering your breakouts. 

Sodas, sports drinks, and juices are loaded with sugar, which increases the amount of calories you’re consuming in a day and spikes your blood sugar.  Lots of sugar and/or lots of calories can increase acne.  Cutting the amount of sugary beverages you consume in a day is one of the best things you can do for your skin—both for breakouts and aging.

Dairy products can also aggravate acne, and it’s something many of us were raised drinking.  Like the beverages listed above, it can negatively affect our insulin levels.  Milk also contains high amounts of iodine, and it also is loaded with hormones.  Buying organic milk really isn’t a very effective way of avoiding these hormones either because lactating animals just naturally produce these hormones that are secreted into the milk.  Many people also are allergic to dairy, which further adds to inflammation.  In short, milk can cause a lot of problems for our skin.  (I speak from personal experience on this one.)

Drinking water is a good thing, and we should definitely continue doing it for our health—not just our skin.  But try to look at what you’re replacing if you really want to uncover the mystery behind your breakouts.

This post reflects the views of the author and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.

19 comments:

  1. Along those same lines, there is an herbal tea out there that promises to improve acne. I have my doubts about whether this works... I think you'd have to drink tons of it and I don't care for the taste. I have also heard of acne "cures" from drinking lemon juice, green tea, and even peppermint tea. I have tried all of the above and didn't get much benefit myself. I do drink a fair amount of milk, though...

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    1. Hey JennyB77!

      There are tons of "miracle cures" out there in all forms, right? I'm a big advocate of green tea because I think it's amazing for you, but it definitely can't cure acne.

      There is some evidence that "detox herbs" like dandelion root can help with certain hormonal imbalances, and that does come in tea form. However, if you are taking any prescription medications, steer clear of these because they will do crazy things to your meds.

      Dairy is a major trigger for a lot of people--including me. It was SO hard for me to give up milk, but it was one of the best decisions I've made because my overall health has improved. If you choose to do so, be wary of sweetened milk substitutes because that's just substituting one trigger for another.

      If you're interested in nutrition's role in acne, I would suggest keeping a food journal for the next week. That way you can at least see what nutrients you're getting before making any changes. Adding in a new food or cutting out a major source of essential nutrients rarely does much good in the long run for most people.

      Thanks again so much for reading and commenting! You always have so much amazing things to add to any discussion, so I'm so glad you're taking the time out of your day to visit my blog! =)

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  2. It's my pleasure! You have so much great info that I'm always excited to see your latest post.
    By the way - I'm on day two of avoiding dairy. We'll see how long I last! I love milk so much!

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  3. Aw... You're so sweet! You just brightened my day!

    Good luck with going dairy-free. The first week's the toughest. I was a big milk junkie, and it was hard to get excited about a big glass of soy milk. I've become pretty obsessed with unsweetened almond milk though. The refrigerated one is way better than the one that you find in the non-refrigerated section. I normally make it into a smoothie when I'm craving milk, but it's awesome in cereal and tastes naturally sweeter than a lot of the other milk alternatives. Keep us posted on how it goes! =)

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  4. It's great to see you again! I love milk so I will have to think about how much to give up!

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    1. Thank you so much!

      Giving up milk was super tough for me, but I did find it helped both my acne and my eczema. Now that I've broken the habit of reaching for it all the time, I can have a little bit about once a month with no problem. The first few weeks are the toughest. Good luck!

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  5. Great post Elizabeth and I for one has acne problems bugging me for years. Water, by the way, is not only good for acne, but it's good for everyone's well-being, that I'm sure you would agree with me. Aside from avoiding possible triggers, I'm in my 2-month accutane right now but having seconds thoughts after reading accutane lawsuit filed here and there. What are you thoughts about this? Great post. Thanks!

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    1. Hey Tim,

      I definitely agree that water is good for you, and I was trying to address the reasons why people claim that water can "cure" acne in this post.

      As for Accutane, I took it about fifteen years ago, and I haven't had many long term problems like the ones described in the article. I had no problems with depression or stomach conditions, and since I didn't get pregnant, I had no issues with birth defects. I believe that when taken correctly under the supervision of a well-qualified dermatologist, Accutane can work wonders. However, pressure from insurance companies has caused many doctors to prescribe this dangerous medication much too liberally, which is unethical and--in some cases--can be lethal. I also think it's important for women to realize that their acne may come back in response to fluctuating hormones and/or cosmetic acne.

      Great comment! Thank you so much for reading!

      Fondly,
      Elizabeth

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  6. WATER IS THE BEST!!!!!! XD!! DRINK! DRINK DRINK!! I PROMISE IT'LL HELP...EAT LOTS OF CARROTS AND APPLE!! CUT DOWN ANYTHING TO DO WITH JUNK FOOD. LASTLY DONT CONSUME FOOD THAT'S OIL-FRIED...I PROMISE AND GUARANTEE DO THIS FOR 2 WEEKS N U'LL SEE THE DIFFERENCE..!! OH YEA AND NO DAIRY PRODUCTS EITHER..

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! Fondly, Elizabeth

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  7. Great blog! I have been fighting acne since my teen years but it has recently gotten worse, so I'm always looking for cures. I have not found anything that works yet but I came upon this blog and it is very helpful and informative. Thanks!!!

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    1. Hey Sarah,

      That's so sweet! Thanks for your support! If you have any requests for posts you'd like to see, please let me know! =)

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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