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Diet link to acne

Published May 01, 2013 by Personal Trainer Network

Foods are not the cause of acne but they can worsen the condition. Foods that have this effect are those with a high glycemic index (GI) such as white bread, refined breakfast cereals, white rice, cookies, cake and sugary drinks. One well-designed study demonstrated a significant reduction in acne when people removed high glycemic foods from their diet. High GI foods cause blood glucose and insulin to raise, which is thought to trigger a hormonal response that leads to acne. Foods with a low GI that do not spike glucose and insulin include sprouted whole grain breads, steel cut oats, 100-per-cent bran cereal, brown rice, quinoa, pasta, legumes, nuts, apples, oranges, berries, grapes and pears.

Dairy products have also been linked to acne. People who drink two or more servings of milk. To get the calcium you need from dairy products you can turn to fortified non-dairy milks, almonds, firm tofu, cooked green vegetables.

Being overweight is another factor that increases the risk of acne.

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help lessen acne. These special fats decrease inflammation in the skin and reduce certain hormones linked to acne formation. Good sources of omega-3 fats include flaxseed, flax oil, chia seeds, walnuts and soybeans.

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