Milk and Cookies? Oh NO! They really ARE bad for your skin!
seems that two practical beliefs about possible connections between
food and acne gained some new research supported legitimacy Studies
conducted by Jennifer Burris, MS, RD, of the Department of Nutrition,
Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University confirmed that
eating foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) like sugars and simple
carbohydrates and drinking milk not only aggravates acne but in some
cases may even trigger it too.
to a 2007 Australian study, young males who were put on a strict low GI
diet noticed a significant improvement in the severity of their acne.
Since it is expected that eating High GI foods cause a spike in hormone
levels including insulin, which is thought to instigate sebum
production, the results were not so surprising.
(another food often connected to acne) is thought to affect acne
breakouts because of the hormones it contains. The study carried out by
Harvard School of Public Health found that there was a clear link
between those who drank milk regularly and suffered with acne. Note
however that those studies included regular pasteurized, not organic and hormone free, milk.
if you have acne prone skin, how do you use this information to help
control acne flare-ups while treating the causes of acne?
- Be an educated consumer.
Read the labels and ask your waitress what is in the food you're about
to eat - you need to not only watch the sugar content but also the carb
content (carbs turn in to sugar when digested).
- Learn which foods contain carbs that have a high glycemic index (turn rapidly into sugar) and try to avoid them or at least limit them. Turn to www.glycemicindex.com for this information.
- There are "friends" that can help your cause.
Fiber slows the absorption of sugar. Antioxidants and proteins, when
eaten before carbs or sugar containing products, prevent the rapid
increase in sugar level in your blood, prevent excessive food cravings,
can help you lose weight and will keep your skin younger and happier and
your body and skin less exposed to inflammation.
- Eat before you go!
Fill up on something nutritious before you go out so you'll feel a bit
"fuller". Natural low fat cottage cheese, hard-boiled eggs and slices of
home baked turkey breast (not cold cuts) are smart choices.
- Check your cow! If
you are not lactose intolerant, milk is good for you to get calcium,
proteins and Vitamin A and D. But chose only organic, hormone free milk,
drink it in moderation and watch the way your body (aka skin!) reacts.
- Choose the right acne treatment for your skin.
Topical products may alleviate symptoms temporarily but not only are
they laced with chemicals that may eventually do more harm than good,
but they will not prevent acne from coming again. The key to getting rid
of acne for good is to prevent it from the inside out. So find products
that have absolutely no chemicals and also prevent acne from coming by
rebalancing the system to produce the correct amount of skin oil.