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Does Groundnut Cause Pimples and Acne? Hear from Experts

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Even though having pimples is not a terrible health condition, many persons battling with pimples on either their face, back, neck or chest do not take it lightly for obvious reasons.

Research shows that pimples are formed when sebum, an oily substance produced in the body clogs the pores of the skin. Many people seem to be aware of the fact that pimples originate from “oil” in the body, and for that reason tend to believe that oily foods automatically cause pimples. This explains why it is not strange to hear people say that they avoid taking butter, margarine, fried foods and of course groundnuts because they cause pimples.

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But the big question is:

Does Groundnut cause pimples?

Ever wondered how true is the claim that groundnuts particularly cause pimples and acne? In this article, we discuss our findings on groundnuts and if the claim that it causes pimples is true or false.


Groundnuts, also known as peanuts, are legumes which have edible seeds that are made up of mostly protein and fat. Groundnuts are mostly eaten boiled or roasted and are popularly used to produce a common oil for cooking called groundnut oil. For many Nigerians, groundnuts are usually consumed as snacks. However, in some cultures in Africa, groundnuts are used to make soup (groundnut soup) as well.

Although, there is a general claim that groundnuts cause pimples, available studies show that there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims.

Groundnuts contain trans-fat which explains why a lot of people assume that it causes pimples. If you do not know, trans-fats are bad fats because they increase the amount of blood bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body. Many fried foods contain trans-fats too which is why they are best avoided.

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Nevertheless, in relation to groundnuts, the trans fats contained in them are very minimal and for that reason are not enough to cause pimples when taken in moderation.

It may interest you to know that Groundnuts are rich in Omega-6 which are, in fact, important fatty acids that the body needs. This proves that groundnuts are even good for the health when added in normal proportion to a healthy diet. Fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and since they are contained in groundnuts, they can decrease inflammatory skin conditions like eczema which may help to promote healthy skin via the decrease of inflammation. In addition, groundnuts are high in phytosterols that help to promote healthy cholesterol levels.

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From the foregoing, the real cause of pimples is not known yet. As stated earlier, pimples form from oily substances in the body called sebum when it gets trapped in the skin, clogs the pores and has a bacteria develop on it. Thus, it is the blockage of the skin pores that results in pimples and not the intake of groundnuts as wrongly believed.

How can you prevent pimples and acne?

Most people prefer using home remedies to prevent pimples and or get rid of acne. The following are very efficient ways to prevent pimples or get rid of acne.

Compared to conventional treatments that are often associated with adverse side effects like irritation and dryness, home remedies involve using natural ingredients which are mostly found in our homes.

Exfoliating regularly. This may help to reduce acne as it helps to remove dead skin cells that can accumulate and clog skin pores.

Apple cider vinegar(ACV): It is believed that ACV contains citric acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, and succinic acid, all of which studies have shown are capable of inhibiting acne-causing bacteria.

Applying ACV directly to your skin can cause irritation. To use ACV: dilute some raw ACV in water in a ratio of 1:3, using a cotton ball, apply the solution on a clean skin and finally rinse off after 15 minutes and pat dry.

Zinc supplement: This accelerates the healing of wounds, relieves oxidative stress and boosts immune function. Studies indicate that taking 30 – 45mg of zinc daily is not only effective but is also a low-cost alternative treatment option for acne.

Zinc can be applied topically or ingested orally. It can effectively treat acne by reducing inflammation, suppressing the activity of the oily gland and slow down the growth of acne.

Cinnamon and honey mask: Both honey and cinnamon have antibacterial, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed that applying a mask of honey and cinnamon can help acne-prone skin.

To prepare and use this mask: (1) Mix 1teaspoon of cinnamon to 2 tablespoons of honey. (2) Clean the affected skin area, apply the mask and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. (3) Rinse the mask off and pat dry.

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Green tea: Aside from drinking, you can also apply green tea to the skin. Green tea contains polyphenol and tannins, which are known to be anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial and can fight acne-causing bacteria. It is also abundant in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an anti-inflammatory antioxidant which can lower the production of sebum and prevent the growth of acne.

Aloe Vera: The leaves of this tropical plant produce a clear gel that is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and can help heal wounds and burns. Aloe Vera gel, aside from being an excellent moisturiser, can help to reduce the appearance of acne and prevent more breakouts. The gel can be applied directly to the skin or added to soaps, creams, lotions or ointment.

Other benefits of groundnuts you may not know:

1) Anti-aging effects:

Groundnuts are high in antioxidants such as Vitamin E which impedes rapid aging in human beings. Oxidation damages the skin cells; therefore, antioxidants hinder or slow down damage to cells caused by free radicals in the body system.

2) Source of folate in pregnancy:

Many pregnant women are often advised to take in folic acid as a routine supplement. Groundnuts are a natural source of folate and for this reason; they can be beneficial in pregnancy. Folate or folic acid helps to prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.

NOTE: This does not serve as a professional medical advice to pregnant women. Kindly Speak with your Doctor to be sure of healthy foods that you can eat during pregnancy.

3) Heart Health:

Groundnuts are very good for maintaining a healthy heart as they contain nutrients like magnesium, copper and resveratrol which all together help to improve the heart and reduce the risk of heart diseases.

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Eating groundnuts regularly also lowers down high androgen levels in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). High androgen levels prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg, leading to extra hair growth and other hormonal problems which contribute in PCOS.


In a nutshell, there is no scientific evidence that groundnut causes pimples nor is there any that connects skin health issues to the consumption of groundnuts as well.

Nevertheless, just like every other food, too much of everything is bad. Groundnuts contain oils no doubt. Therefore, even though it has been stated that there is no link between groundnuts and pimples, it is advised that groundnuts whether taken as a snack or used in making foods should be consumed in moderation as balance is the key to a healthy diet.

If you are battling with pimples or acne and will appreciate home-based solutions to treat your pimples, read our article on Home Remedies for Acne: get rid of pimples easily.

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Ginika is the Lead health writer at KompleteCare. She also doubles as an editor and proofreader for everything that concerns content. When she's not writing content for KompleteCare, you might find her copy-editing works for authors before publication.

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