Can A Low-Sugar Diet Help To Clear Your Acne?

 

 

Taking responsibility over your body and adhering to a diet high in protein and carbohydrates with a low glycemic index along with taking the necessary steps to tackle all acne contributing factors, holistically, will help to clear your acne permanently and give you the flawless acne free skin you deserve.
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Whether or not what you eat can help to alleviate or worsen your acne condition has been a hotly debated topic for many years. Before the 1960s, certain foods were thought to exacerbate acne. However, subsequent studies dispelled these alleged associations as myth for almost half a century.

 

Ask any doctor if there is any link between what you eat that can trigger acne breakouts and higher chances that he or she will tell you that there is no direct evidence of such link. However, growing evidence has caused researchers to re-examine the link between diet and acne condition.

 

It is also a fact that a lot of acne sufferers have reported that their acne seemed to get worse when they consumed certain foods and saw dramatic positive change over their acne condition when they eliminated the same foods from their diet and when certain foods with specific nutritional value were incorporated into their diet.

 

So why then do dermatologists still believe that diet does not cause acne? The main reason is due to vested interests from pharmaceutical and food and beverage companies who spent millions of dollars to sponsor research studies to refute the claims that diet has some effect on acne condition.

 

Pharmaceutical companies also sponsor doctors’ research works in return for endorsements on their expensive drugs. The right diet, though not a cure by itself, can help to alleviate symptoms of acne.

 

It therefore does not serve the interests of pharmaceutical companies to promote a clear skin diet if this may cut down the dependence of drugs to treat acne. The truth is that medication alone will not totally cure acne if this is not combined with other efforts to address the root causes of acne.
Recent studies have clearly found a significant connection between diet and acne. Researchers believe carbohydrates with a high glycemic index, which cause glucose and insulin levels to spike, may influence the development and severity of acne. Conversely, a diet high in protein and carbohydrates with a low glycemic index seemed to improve acne breakouts.

 

To test whether if this belief is true, 43 males, between the ages of 15 and 25, were divided into two groups. One group was given foods with a low glycemic index, such as whole grain breads and pasta, legumes, as well as high protein foods. The second group was fed a more “typical” teenage diet consisting of white bread, potatoes, and sugary drinks and snacks.

 

After 12 weeks, those in the high protein-low glycemic index group showed a 50% reduction of acne. The results seem to suggest a possible link between diet and acne development.

 

It now appears that the wrong diet is one of the leading acne contributing factors that can negatively affect hormonal regulation and the natural process of toxic elimination, which can seriously aggravate one’s existing acne.

When you consume any form of refined carbohydrates (white sugar, white flour, white rice) they will cause a rapid spike up of your blood sugar levels which will in turn trigger the production of insulin and other hormones.

 

The increase in production of these hormones will overwhelm your body system which will encourage the skin to excrete large amounts of sebum oil, causing your skin to be very oily. The body oil will chokes up the skin pores encouraging bacteria to stay on the skin. This when combines with the dead skin cells can result in the aggravation of your acne.

 

Sugar is not the only acne aggravating foods. There are several other foods you should clearly stay away from if you ever wish to clear your acne. Limit the amount of soda, sugary snacks, and other “junk foods” whenever possible if you want to clear your acne fast.

 

Instead of highly processed foods, try incorporating more whole grains (such as whole wheat bread, wheat pastas, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.) into your diet, as well as plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, and lean protein. There are also tons of other foods such as essential fatty acids that are not only excellent for your skin; they can also actually help you clear your acne, by re-balancing your body and promoting an acne-free environment.

 

The right nutrition does play a part to clear your acne. Taking responsibility over your body and adhering to a diet high in protein and carbohydrates with a low glycemic index along with taking the necessary steps to tackle all acne contributing factors, holistically, will not only cure your acne permanently and give you the flawless acne free skin you deserve, it will also significantly improve your overall health, mental well-being, look and feel.

Mike Walden is a certified nutritionist, independent medical researcher, natural health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, “Acne No More- Open The Door To An Acne Free Life.” Mike has written dozens of holistic health articles and has been featured in ezines and print magazines, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide. For information on Mike’s Holistic Clear Skin program, click on Clear Your Acne 

 

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