Whatever medications, lotions or creams you use in the fight against acne will only have limited success if you ignore one fundamental truth – your diet plays a huge role in clearing up acne and also in reducing the frequency and severity of outbreaks.
Contrary to common opinion, eating a lot of fatty food is not necessarily going to cause acne. The truth is a lot more complex than that. It has since been found that a diet high in sugar and refined foods is a lot more likely to cause and aggravate acne.
The reason is to do with body chemistry. Basically what happens is that these “bad” foods cause havoc with your system. When you eat them, they break down very quickly and the glucose in them is released into your blood stream causing a huge spike. Your body goes into panic mode and floods the blood stream with insulin. The problem, in terms of acne, is that high blood insulin levels cause hormone disruption and this can trigger acne.
Should this be once in a while, it’s not such a problem but, if this happens regularly, problems start. The insulin is released by the pancreas and, over time, this becomes overwhelmed and insulin resistance develops. Hormones are disrupted and weight gain is likely to result. More weight leads to more insulin resistance and the cycle starts all over again.
What you need to do is to break the cycle if you are in it, or prevent it from beginning if you can. There is a lot you can do, even today. The diet isn’t even that strict or difficult to follow. The main thing to remember is that you want to avoid spikes in the blood sugar levels.
Start by looking at what you eat every day. Is it good, healthy food or is there a lot of junk and sweets in there? You should be looking at eating 3 main meals a day, with 2 snacks in between each. During the day, there should not be a break of longer than 3-4 hours without eating something.
The trick is to combine foods so that the overall GI of the meal is manageable. You need to aim for one carbohydrate per meal, one portion of fruit/ vegetable at least, and a portion of high quality protein per meal.
Look into a lower GI diet and you will reap the benefits in terms of beating acne and being healthier overall.