Does Your Diet Affect Acne (Foods You Need to Eat and Avoid)?

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What are specific foods you should avoid when you have breakouts?

When you have acne flare-ups, there are two major groups of foods you need to restrict or avoid if necessary – they are simple sugars and dairy foods.


Simple sugar

Simple sugar foods are typically related with high glycemic index. Glycemic index is a parameter used to measure how fast a food in affecting the level of sugar in the blood (blood sugar).

Eating simple sugars can directly increase the level of your blood sugar at short time, and this is bad for your glucose metabolism in long term. Then what is the link to breakouts?

A study revealed that the excessive production of insulin released by the pancreas may have an effect in triggering the body to produce more androgens.

And as well we know that the increased production of androgens could increase sebum production.

Dairy products

How about dairy products? The hormones used to help cow’s growth may be the reason.

In some people, these hormones may provoke acne since they may have an effect in triggering the body to make more androgens – according to a study conducted by the George Washington University Medical Center.

In addition, alcohol can dry out your skin, so avoid it for a while! Do the same way for caffeine.


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