Many in the medical field have long held the belief that diet and acne breakouts are completely unrelated. And for a while that made sense. After all, acne is caused from clogged pores and an abundance of sebum production. Who would think that certain foods may be responsible for causing that? Well, guess what? More and more studies are coming out disproving what the professionals have held as gospel–that diet may actually be a trigger for acne.
This is both good news and bad news. Good news because, now those who suffer from acne can take more control of their situation with specific food choices. Bad news because the majority of the population eats the foods that are now being attributed to acne breakouts on a regular basis. At Clear Clinic, we want to not only treat the acne you already have, but prevent future acne breakouts from ever occurring. This is why we want to get to the root cause of your skin issues. Just as stress can cause acne due to hormone surges, so can the wrong food choices.
So what are the foods that can cause acne? Studies are showing that diets with a high-glycemic index (white breads, cereals, candy) as well as dairy may be responsible for acne breakouts. What happens when you eat a high-carbohydrate, high-glycemic food is that it triggers the body to produce more of the insulin hormone. The condition of elevated levels of insulin in the body are referred to as “hyperinsulinemia.” This leads to increased levels of androgen in the body, the main hormone responsible for acne. Dairy may also be a contributing factor to acne breakouts, also having to do with elevating levels of hormones in the body.