I’ve been eating a lot of avocado rolls with soy sauce lately. I’ve also been eating brown rice and veggies, and using soy sauce with that too. My skin broke out in cystic, hormonal acne, right after it had been very clear for a while.
So, I did some research. It wasn’t the avocados (thank god). Soy products, and soy sauce in my case can affect your endocrine, digestive, and natural detox systems.
Soy can cause hormonal imbalances. Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are extremely similar in structure to the estrogen that we produce ourselves. They end up replacing our natural estrogen, which causes a decrease in estrogen production, and an increase in androgens (male sex hormones).
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is what your body ends up producing more of. DHT has a huge impact on acne production because it causes our glands to produce excess oil. The excess oil contributes to deep, painful cystic acne, commonly on the cheeks and chin (where a man grows facial hair).
If hormonal acne is a concern of yours, you may want to cut out soy-containing foods like:
- soy milk
- miso (soybean paste)
- tempeh (commonly used in vegan dishes)
- soy burgers
- soy sauce
- soy lecithin, soybean oil, or soy protein (often used as fillers in processed foods)
If you love soy sauce like I do, try out coconut aminos instead. I get mine at Trader Joes! It’s made from organic coconut sap, water and sea salt.