If you break out around the mouth and along your jawline, tofu and other soy foods could be to blame. And it’s all about the natural plant estrogens found in soybeans. Phytoestrogens mimic natural estrogen levels, and that throws off our hormones. Soy derivatives show up in everything from veggie burgers to energy bars, so read labels carefully. It also shows up in almost every pre-packaged foods from boxes to canned goods.

The majority of soy grown in the United States is genetically modified (GMO). The FDA does not yet require the labeling of GMO foods, so unless your soy is specifically labeled, GMOs are likely. There may be a nutritional difference between GMO and non-GMO, and in addition, there is the possibility of negative, long-term effects of GMOs.

Here is a list of the names of hidden soy in our foods:

Bean curd

Edamame (soybeans in pods)

Hydrolyzed soy protein

Kinnoko flour

Kyodofu (freeze dried tofu)



Okara (soy pulp)

Shoyu sauce

Soy albumin

Soy concentrate

Soy fiber

Soy formula

Soy grits

Soy milk

Soy miso

Soy nuts

Soy nut butter

Soy protein, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate

Soy sauce

Soy sprouts


Soya flour


Soybean granules

Soybean curd

Soybean flour

Soy lecithin**

Soybean paste




Teriyaki sauce

Textured soy flour (TSF)

Textured soy protein (TSP)

Textured vegetable protein (TVP)



Yuba (bean curd)

**Lecithin: Products that are covered by the FDA labeling laws and contain soy lecithin as an ingredient must be labeled to state that they contain soy.

Take this list and check you prepackaged foods. You may ask how can you avoid all this soy…shop the outside of the grocery store. Eat FRESH vegetables, fruits, and meats. You are working very hard to clear your acne. don’t sabotage your effort with your diet.

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