Spicy Ingredients That Spark Acne Breakouts?

I hope you had a great weekend! I spent mine almost completely outside. Our blueberries are ripe and you have to get them before the birds find them, I guess they like organic and pesticide free food as well!

Notice how big these are growing in organic soils. Speaking of which, I know that I talk a lot about foods that you should be aware of that can spark breakouts but I rarely talk about spices.

Spices are actually herbs and some herbs are combined with fillers that can when dried stir up skin trouble in some people. In general spices are good for you unless you have some type of allergy to them.

They provide many vitamins and minerals that enhance the flavor of food while at the same time enhancing the health in the body!

I was thinking about this because I typically grill a lot of my food this time of year. I like grilled vegetables and lean meats and I season with fresh spices myself so I know which ones to stay away from.

After all, if your going to work at having great looking skin then why eat something that could work against you right?

What I Recommend You To Stay Away From

Today I want to share with you about the spices that can cause trouble and give you some recipes for marinades for the grill you might like to try.

It's not so much that a lot of spices are a problem but many that you by can have had sugar added. This is especially true of barbeque sauces and store bought ready made marinades.

The first thing you should always do is check the labels for sugar. Sugar may be called high fructose corn syrup or dextrose so beware.

The other ingredient you need to look for is MSG. Monosodium Glutamate is an additive to preserve freshness in foods. It's history of causing health issues is a long and sordid one.

It causes fatigue in some and has been shown to aggravate all kinds of skin issues including acne. Try to avoid it though that is not always easy to do.

Use spices to perk up the flavor of your healthy diet, just make sure these ingredients are not included.

A Few Recipes For You To Try Out

Here are a couple of great marinades that are my favorites. Give them a try on your favorite meats and vegetables or come up with your own!

Five Spice Marinade

Makes enough for 2 pounds of beef, duck, lamb or chicken. Preparation Time is 5 minutes.

- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce ( check for MSG on the label and choose low salt)
- 3 tablespoons of Truvia all-natural sweetener
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1 clove garlic, grated

Whisk soy sauce and sweetener until the sweetener is dissolved. Stir in five-spice powder and garlic. Marinate for 1 to 2 hours. Discard marinade before grilling.

Pineapple-Chipotle Marinade (this one is great with vegetables)

Preparation Time is 10 minutes.

- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate
- 2 tablespoons natural molasses (molasses does not cause blood sugar spikes associated with acne)
- 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 teaspoons salt

Combine vinegar, pineapple juice concentrate, molasses, chipotles, oil and salt in a small bowl. Use 1/2 cup to marinate chicken, pork or shrimp. Reserve remaining marinade for basting.

I hope this information helps you to avoid having skin reactions to certain spices and pre-made marinades. Try out the recipes and have a little fun this summer!

Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,

Chris Gibson
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care

"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."

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