Pimples are seriously the skin problem from hell. They hurt when they are forming, and they look and feel disgusting once they are there. After that pimple is gone, it leaves you with an acne scar. It has been told that eating chocolate causes breakouts, and pizza results in pizza face. Acne gives us clogged pores, blackheads, and pimples.
We are stepping in to investigate if what we eat really leads to bad skin.
High Glycemic Index Foods
A high glycemic load diet is associated with worsening acne. The Glycemic Index is a ranking of carbs based on how much they raise blood sugar levels. Foods with values below 55 are “low-GI,” and above 70 are “high-GI”. High GI foods (white bread) spike blood sugar levels because the body digests them very quickly. This can increase acne flare-ups because spiked insulin levels increase the body’s inflammatory reactions, which can mean acne inflammations.
While eating certain foods can affect our skin from the inside out, greasy food causes problems from the second it touches our lips. French fries and a cheddar-smothered burger can create acne when the grease from that delicious meal touches our skin, causing pimples.
Refined Sugars, Dairy, Chocolate, Fast Food
There is a positive association between the consumption of milk and rate and severity of acne. Chocolate contains a varying amount of sugar that can lead to a high glycemic load. But it can be made with or without milk. There may be a relationship between acne and insulin metabolism. A dated trial found a relationship between acne and obesity.
Vitamin A Foods like carrots and spinach are a good source of vitamin A, which prevents the over -production of cells in the skin’s outer layer.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed may help keep inflammation under control.
Vitamin E Foods containing lots of vitamin E, like pine nuts and sunflower seeds, play an important role in preventing acne development and help heal acne-scarred skin.
Zinc deficiency is associated with a variety of skin problems, including acne. Kicking back oysters and munching on dark chocolate can provide a healthy dose of zinc.
Vitamin B5 and other B vitamins promote healthy skin and hair. In one small study, a large dose of vitamin B5 supplements cured cases of acne. Vitamin B5 decrease oil production on the skin and reduces the size of pores.
Selenium Whole grains (like quinoa and brown rice) and aromatic vegetables (like onion and garlic) are rich in selenium, which helps preserve skin’s elasticity and can also reduce inflammatory damage to the skin. A small study found that taking selenium supplements improved the skin of patients with severe acne.
Water and High Fiber Foods Guzzling water and consuming high fiber foods like fruits, beans, and vegetables, can help the body flush out toxins.Constipation has also been linked to skin conditions like acne. A high fiber diet with adequate hydration will help keep things moving smoothly.