Acne breakouts – it just makes no sense at all until you understand a bit more about acne.
That is not to say that you can fling your diet aside and binge at Burger King though, but that there is some room for fat in an anti-acne diet. The fact is that toxins are not the leading cause of acne.
The leading cause of acne is hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances, on the other hand, are caused by a number of different things – the body is a finely tuned machine and like any other finely tuned machine, when it goes wrong it does so spectacularly.
Let us take a look at what that low fat diet is doing to your body and see why it can cause acne. You eat breakfast – say some cereal and milk. Your blood sugar level increases but not badly at this point.
This is because the milk will slow the uptake of the glucose from the food. The problem is that there is not enough sustained energy to keep you full for longer and, unless you have a snack at 10, you will be starving again by 11.
The blood sugar crashes and now, because you are starving, you grab whatever is at hand – even if that is a candy bar. This, in turn, causes your blood sugar level to spike.
Your body goes into panic mode and the pancreas releases large amounts of insulin in order to mop up the extra glucose. The insulin causes the hormones in the blood stream to become unbalanced and you get acne.
If this happens again and again, the situation gets worse and the body’s response becomes even more exaggerated. It is a vicious circle – the more insulin, the lower the sugar.
So what you are looking for are foods that will keep your blood sugar stable. Foods like dairy, proteins and fats, are more difficult to break down and so the blood sugar is kept more stable if these are eaten.
Carbohydrates on the other hand, are pretty close to raw glucose, depending on how much fiber they contain. So, what do you not eat?
The key is to avoid foods that will cause a jump in the blood sugar levels. Read more about a low GI diet so that you can beat your acne.