Want Clear Skin? Eat Low GI Foods!

Fight Inflammation Foods


If you have acne, you know how frus­trat­ing it is to deal with ran­dom, cycli­cal or con­stant break­outs.  All you want is clear skin, and all you get are more break­outs.

The most com­mon “mis­take” peo­ple make is choos­ing foods which cause an inter­nal inflam­ma­to­ry response … result­ing in more break­outs.  Choos­ing foods which are low on the Glycemic Index scale can result in clear­er skin.

For some time now, diet has been linked to skin health.  Here’s some good infor­ma­tion from a trade jour­nal I read, and it con­tains infor­ma­tion which I share with my acne clients who are ready to make changes to clear up their skin.

Acne is caused by a com­bi­na­tion of the skin pro­duc­ing too much sebum and a build-up of dead skin cells which clog the pores and leads to a local­ized infec­tion or spot. It is thought that excess sebum pro­duc­tion is caused by hor­mon­al fluc­tu­a­tions, which explains why around 80% of teenagers expe­ri­ence bouts of acne through­out ado­les­cence.”

(From Skin Inc, http://www.skininc.com/skinscience/physiology/Long-term-Research-Links-Dairy-and-High-Sugar-Foods-to-Acne-200252611.html)

More recent­ly, der­ma­tol­o­gists and reg­is­tered dieti­tians have revis­it­ed the diet-acne rela­tion­ship and become increas­ing­ly inter­est­ed in the role of med­ical nutri­tion­al ther­a­py in acne treat­ment.”

Eat­ing high GI foods — foods that are absorbed into the blood­stream quick­ly — is thought to have a direct effect on the sever­i­ty of acne because of the hor­mon­al fluc­tu­a­tions that are trig­gered.”

High GI foods cause a spike in hor­mone lev­els includ­ing insulin which is thought to insti­gate sebum pro­duc­tion. A 2007 Aus­tralian study showed that young males who were put on a strict low GI diet noticed a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in the sever­i­ty of their acne.”

Choos­ing low GI foods

  • Only car­bo­hy­drates have a GI rat­ing.
  • Because low GI foods take longer for the body to break down they help you feel fuller for longer too.
  • High GI foods include sug­ary fizzy drinks, cakes, pas­tries, choco­late, white bread and pota­toes.
  • Low GI foods include fruit and veg­eta­bles, whole­grain options such as brown pas­ta, bas­mati rice, cous­cous and puls­es.
  • Not over­cook­ing your pas­ta and veg­eta­bles helps low­er the GI.

- See more at: http://www.skininc.com/skinscience/physiology/Long-term-Research-Links-Dairy-and-High-Sugar-Foods-to-Acne-200252611.html#sthash.LrvnvmeQ.dpuf

Here is a great resource about how to eat for clear­er skin, from Dr. Nicholas Per­ri­cone: