Find out the surprising ways your food in your diet causes acne

By Skin & Hair Academy  |   July 31, 2015

“You are what you eat!” goes the age-old adage, and when it comes to acne, it is indeed quite true! You may try various solutions for your acne problems, but if the cause lies in your diet and you are not addressing it, your efforts might be of no avail. Right, you need to eat healthy, but how does one decide which particular foods are healthy. Well, for starters, the food that appears healthy might not actually be helping your skin.

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    Here are 3 food items that are probably responsible for the marks on your once flawless face:

    1. Milk products: Yes, studies have shown that milk and milk products may have a link to acne aggravation because milk causes your skin to produce sebum, which is excess oil that leads to clogged pores. Clogged pores are again, as we know, ideal for acne! You may use coconut milk as a substitute for milk and observe the drastic changes in your skin. [1]

     

  • 2. Simple sugars: Also known as high glycaemic foods, simple sugars increase blood sugar levels instantly. To counter this, our body releases high amounts of insulin. High levels of insulin in blood can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells and can hyper-activate oil glands, which may eventually lead to acne. [2]

  • 3. Processed foods: Refined carbohydrates trigger the production of Insulin, which in turn triggers the production of excess sebum and clogs the pores. Refined carbs are often not digested properly and release toxins into the blood stream, causing the release of toxins through the skin. In view of this, it is advisable to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and to try different combinations of fresh salads. [3]

So for clear and flawless skin, go for a healthy diet. A diet consisting largely of fresh green vegetables and gluten-free foods is ideal! Include more proteins and vitamins instead of carbohydrates and fats. Of course, drink plenty of water. Water will help digestion and prevent toxins from being eliminated through the skin instead of the intestine. Eat healthy, drink water and live acne-free!

References:

[1] Diet and acne: a review of the evidence - Spencer - 2009 - International Journal of Dermatology - Wiley Online Library. 2015. Diet and acne: a review of the evidence - Spencer - 2009 - International Journal of Dermatology - Wiley Online Library. [ONLINE] Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-4632.2009.04002.x/full. [Accessed 21 September 2015].

[2] A low-glycemic-load diet improves symptoms in acne vulgaris patients: a randomized controlled trial . 2015. A low-glycemic-load diet improves symptoms in acne vulgaris patients: a randomized controlled trial . [ONLINE] Available at: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/1/107.short. [Accessed 21 September 2015].

[3] The relationship of diet and acne. 2015. The relationship of diet and acne. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2836431/. [Accessed 21 September 2015].


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