Do Peanuts or Peanut Butter Cause Acne?

peanuts AcneAre you wondering if eating peanuts or peanut butter is the cause of your acne?

Right off I’m going to let you know that peanuts are not the CAUSE of your acne, however they do play a role with its severity. If you are curious about the real cause of acne make sure to check out my past post where I go in depth on what causes it.

OK let’s get back to the peanuts. So as mentioned, even though peanuts do not cause acne, they do play a role with the severity of your acne. That means that if you are already breaking out then consuming too many peanut-based products can make you breakout worse. Worse breakouts mean different things to different people. For some it can mean that they go from getting 5 new pimples a day to 10 new pimples a day, while for others they may get the same number of breakouts but they become larger, more inflamed and more painful…and unfortunately for others their severity may worsen by both factors, so not only do they get more pimples but they are also larger and more painful. Either way, increasing the severity of your acne is never a good thing.

Let’s now discuss the reasons why peanut butter can worsen your acne.

Reason #1 – Peanuts have an androgenic effect on the body. Androgens are male hormones, like testosterone, that can increase oil production. Oil mixes in with dead skin cells inside of the pore and creates a clog. This clogged pore may later become inflamed and rupture into a pustule or painful cyst. The last thing someone that is acne prone needs is more oil.

Reason #2 – Peanuts are high in Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Omega 6 Fatty Acids promote inflammation in the body, including the skin so your acne will be more severe. Now make sure not to confuse Omega 6 Fatty Acids with Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory so they are beneficial to acne prone skin unlike Omega 6s.

Reason #3 – Most commercial peanut butters contain hydrogenated oils or trans fats. These oils stimulate inflammation in the body so again you will be left with more severe acne.

Reason #4 – Peanuts and peanut butter that are salted are most likely salted with iodized salt. If the body gets an overabundance of iodine then some of the excess amount that it has no use for may be excreted through the pores. For those that are acne prone, this can stimulate more inflammation.

So those are the 4 reasons why peanuts or peanut-based foods like peanut butter and peanut oil are not ideal for those that are suffering from acne.

Now at Luminosity we like to educate our clients to keep everything in moderation, we don’t believe in 100% depriving yourself because you’ll just set yourself up for disaster. So either keep the peanuts to a very low minimum or switch to a slightly more acne-friendly nut like almonds.  Keep in mind though that almonds still contain Omega 6 Fatty acids so make sure not to go too crazy on them, but they aren’t an adrogenic food so that’s a plus for us acne prone people. Furthermore, I recommend eating unsalted almonds and natural, unsalted almond butter. Check the ingredients label to make sure it doesn’t contain any hydrogenated oils.

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