01 Jul Acne: What to Do About You? Part 1: Diet
Now that I have covered where acne comes from, next I need to discuss what to do about it.
Part 1: Diet
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates (460-377 BC)
As I mentioned at the end of my last post, certain foods can trigger acne flares. Foods with a high glycemic index, or heavy with highly refined carbohydrates which increase blood sugar and insulin levels rapidly, can aggravate acne. These foods include sweetened (anything but especially) beverages, white breads, pastas, white rice, etc. These foods should probably be avoided or rarely eaten by all of us and reducing their intake has been shown to improve acne treatments. A great resource is for nutrition information, including the estimated glycemic index is the website Self NutritionData at nutritiondata.self.com.
Also dairy, milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, etc., can be a trigger for some people. Some experimentation is required. Try a dairy free diet for a period of time, maybe 30 days. See what your skin does, no change, better, worse. If your skin is not better, then consider re-introducing dairy and again observe your skin’s reaction. These trial periods can be attempted with other foods. Experiment. Have fun. Become an active participant in the food you consume.