Are you a teenager and being told your acne is a result of your food choices? You are told that an acne diet consists of chocolate, sweets and greasy foods. You should ask for the proof before you swallow that nonsense.
The truth is, none of these foods will cause you to develop acne.
So what foods will cause you acne?
Foods That Cause Acne
Let us be clear at the start, it has not been found that any foods can directly cause you to develop acne. But there are some foods that can affect your hormone levels that will result in acne.
This hormone imbalance causes the body to secret more sebum (oil) through the pores in the skin. This oil will cause your dead skin to clump together clogging your pores resulting in acne.
So what foods can cause you to develop a hormonal imbalance?
Dairy Products – In several studies performed in the early twenty-first century, it was found that people, who drank several glasses of milk per day, had a higher instance of acne than those who drank no milk at all. It was found that consumption of 2 or more glasses of milk per day significantly increased the likely hood of developing acne during your puberty years.
Researchers believe that the hormones found in milk will stimulate your insulin. This stimulation will increase the production of the hormone testosterone and decrease the production of sex hormone-binding globulin, causing a hormone imbalance, resulting in acne.
Low-glycemic-index Foods – A couple of studies performed on cultures that ate a diet with a low-glycemic-index, were found to have little or no acne. An additional study on a controlled group showed a decrease in acne occurrences for the group that ate a diet with a low-glycemic-index.
So what is a diet rich in low-glycemic-index foods? This diet consists of lots of green leafy vegetables, vegetables, unsaturated fats, cold-water fish and fruits, in other words, a diet with foods in their natural state.
Those foods that are considered to have a high-glycemic-index are found in processed foods, lunchmeats, saturated fats and other foods that are refined from their natural state.
What researchers have found is that if your diet consists mainly of high-glycemic-index foods, your hormones become unbalanced creating acne. Plus this diet creates more inflammation in your body that may cause the immune system to overreact and attack healthy tissue. This means that if you develop acne, your immune system will over respond and make your acne appear worse than it really should be.
A diet with a low-glycemic-index helps keep your hormones at a normal level plus you have much less inflammation.