Acne is one of the most common dermatological conditions for young adults worldwide, and can be frustrating to manage. While the connection between nutrition and diet is still not fully understood, some evidence suggests that cutting back on empty kilojoules and sweets may help.
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that limiting intakes of high-glycaemic foods like white bread, crackers, sweets, and soda may reduce break-outs in young adults. In this randomised controlled trial, 43 male acne patients ages 15-25 followed either a low-glycaemic load diet or a carbohydrate-dense diet for 12 weeks, and had their acne assessed each month. By the end of the study, the low-glycaemic load group experienced more significant decreases in acne than the control group, as well as improved insulin sensitivity. These findings led researchers to speculate that the spike in blood sugar may increase the hormones that stimulate excess oil production, which can then trigger acne. While this study was small, it is one of many that support the role of diet in managing acne. A 2013 paper published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reviewed 27 studies on this topic and concluded that the evidence for low glycaemic load diets is the most convincing factor for establishing the relationship between diet and acne.
So if you are frequently having breakouts, this study suggests that it may be time to evaluate your diet. As the saying goes, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”– Hippocrates.
With this post I conclude the 6-part series on nutrition and beauty. Many thanks to all who read these snippets – the readership was tremendous. I also thank GNLD International (publishers of Lifestyle Magazine) for authoring the articles and giving Independent Distributors like me the permission to share them.