The topic of diet and acne has been debated and well researched by many people over the years. The link between our complexion and our diet is not a new topic and scientific research dates back to the 1900’s. Fighting acne and having healthy skin has initiated many theories. What has been found most recently coincides with maintaining a healthy living diet. Research has found eating food with a high glycemic index (GI) or foods that quickly release glucose into the blood stream can aggravate and sometimes actually trigger acne. Milk has been found to be another major factor in increasing blemishes and spots on the body. The consumption of milk as well as sodas and sugary treats probably is a major reason why teenagers and an increasing population of adults are affected by the painful and self-conscious condition of acne, including spots and blemishes on the face, neck, back and chest.
What exactly is Acne?
Acne is caused by a combination of your skin producing too much sebum and a buildup of dead skin that clogs your pores and leads to a spot or infection of the pore. During adolescence, especially the teenage years, sebum is produced by hormonal inflictions. This can explain 80% of teenagers’ acne bouts. This acne does not have any real danger; but it can cause anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.
How long has Acne been researched?
Research linked a relationship between acne and diet since the 19th century. During that time, chocolate, sugar and fat were thought to be the main culprits of acne. From the 1960s until recently, researchers believed there was no link between food and acne.
What has been found through research in recent years is eating foods that are high in GI – foods that the bloodstream absorbs quickly – are actually thought to directly affect the amount and severity of acne, triggering hormonal fluctuations. These foods are thought to activate your hormonal levels that spike insulin, which is conceived to increase sebum production. A recent study in Australia looked at two young males who tried a low GI diet and saw great improvement in the intensity of their acne.
Why Milk? Milk contains hormones that increase the production of acne. A study at Harvard in 2007 by the Harvard School of Public health found a link between acne and milk and even found that skimmed milk increases the development of acne. The thought is that processing milk increases the hormones in the beverage. After drinking skim milk, your likelihood to develop acne increases 44%!
How do you fight acne through food? Through the research of recent years, we suggest combating acne should start with your diet. Here are some starting points when choosing the right foods:
- For starters, only carbohydrates have a GI rating.
- Foods that are low in GI make you feel fuller because it takes longer for your body to break down these foods and allow glucose to enter blood stream.
- Low GI foods include fruits and vegetable, wholegrain foods – including Quinoa, Buckwheat, wild Rice, Barley, Rye, Bulgur and spelt.
- High GI foods include sugary sodas, baked goods including cakes and pastries, chocolate, white bread and potatoes.
Having a diet of low GI foods is so important to keeping a healthy body and having skin without blemishes and spots. These foods combined with a complete cleansing system to remove dead skin and replenish with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals will not only give you clear skin, but skin that radiates and shines. Make an appointment with your esthetician to find out more about acne solutions. Email or call us at 603.888.7900 to find out more information.