Recent scientific research suggests that there is a link between food and adult acne, and that the typical Western diet is likely to trigger acne. Studies by Australian scientists discovered the link between diet and acne. They also found that acne is related directly to the changes in glucose and insulin levels brought about by certain foods which affected and influenced changes in the skin.
Foods with a high glycaemic index (GI), typical of those consumed in a Western diet, caused a sharp rise in glucose and and insulin levels, and were more likely to influence the development and severity of acne. Discovering what foods causes adult acne and eliminating them from your diet will certainly help your adult acne situation.
1) Simple Carbohydrates
Pizza bases, white bread, refined flour, cakes, pastries, white rice and pasta are high GI foods. They contain high levels of simple carbohydrates which also contribute to the growing obesity problem. High GI foods lead to rapid rises and falls in blood sugar levels. They affect your energy levels, cause food cravings which in turn lead to overeating and weight gain.
High GI foods increase levels of insulin, and an insulin-like growth factor, IGF-1, increases the production of the male hormone testosterone. This in turn stimulates the overproduction of sebum, inflammation and acne.
Milk is thought to affect and aggravate acne, particularly in women, due to the natural and synthetic hormones it contains. The hormones naturally produced by the cow include DHT, a by-product of testosterone, found naturally in teenagers, and the IGF-1 hormone.
Saturated fats common in dairy products are also thought to initiate acne, and are linked to several other health conditions including hardening of the arteries, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers. These fats are also thought to increase bacteria, a precursor to acne. Some nutritionists therefore suggest removing milk and dairy products from your diet if you are prone to acne and adult acne.
Red meat is known to contain artificial hormones and steroids, and there is concern that these may upset the natural hormonal balance within the body. An acidic food, meat can sometimes be difficult to digest and creates toxins, a by-product of acid-forming food. It may also remain in the digestive system for prolonged periods, inherently causing constipation. Constipation is often linked to skin problems, so good digestion is important in the treatment of acne.
Caffeine increases the levels of stress hormones in the body, and it is thought to stimulate sebum production. Caffeine can be found in cola, chocolate and fizzy drinks, as well as coffee.
To reduce food triggers for adult acne and improve your overall health and skin, eat a minimum of five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day. Eat low GI foods such as whole grains, brown rice and lentils to control surges in your blood sugar to minimize the formation of acne lesions.
Last of all, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and to speed the removal of toxins within your body.