If you are affected by sore spots and bumps on your face and body, fear not, you are not alone. 80% of 11 to 30 years old suffer from the skin outbreak know as acne. Most commonly on the face, these unwelcome spots can also appear on you back and chest.
Skin is our biggest organ, and its wellbeing is a direct reflection of what goes into our bodies, as well as how we feel. But what causes acne? is it just hormones? Is it diet? Lifestyle perhaps? Unfortunately, all the above are contributors.
For years the link between acne and diet was only a myth, but an article about Canadian Inuit in a 1971 issued by Nutrition Today stated that the Inuit population started getting acne only when they began eating processed foods.
Our very own skin expert, Dr Spiezia, explains: ‘Diets rich in bleached carbohydrates, sugars, preservatives and colorants can be highly inflammatory. The excess of high GI food stimulates too much insulin, producing a endocrine cascade reactions in the body, which effect the skin and can lead to acne. The growth hormones in products like dairy and meat can also contribute to outbreaks as they interfere with the skin epidermal renewal.’
Foods with a high GI such as:
Foods with a low GI such as:
Some researches show that antioxidants, like vitamin C, anthocyanins, and those in green tea, can reduce the oxidative stress and therefore acne breakouts.
Keep the skin clean: avoid using harsh chemical based skincare that strips the first layer of the skin, this will actually increase the sebum production (natural oil of the skin).
Oil-based skincare can actually help to balance the skin sebum and avoid the overproduction of oil
Include probiotics in your diet.
Acne can also be treated by omega-3 supplementation, oily fish, or linseed or hemp oil.