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