Acne and Diet
Often, people think that acne is caused by their diet. If they eat too much greasy, unhealthy food, they’re more likely to have pimples.
While it’s untrue that oily foods will cause acne, there is some truth to the belief that your acne woes are related to your diet.
Both dairy products and refined carbohydrates have been shown to affect acne, particularly in those with PCOS. Because they are processed, refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index and produce a lot more sugar in your body. This causes your body to create more insulin, which increases your androgen levels, contributing to sebum (oil) production leading to acne.
With dairy, the problem seems to lie in the fact that cow’s milk contains various hormones that can be broken down into DHT. Pregnant cows in particular produce large amounts of these hormones.
Unfortunately, as much as 90% of the milk market may be made up of milk from pregnant cows. People that drink a lot of milk will be getting extra doses of DHT. Plus, consuming large quantities of milk has been shown to increase insulin-like growth factor 1, which also contributes to acne.
However, the good news is that not all dairy products have been found to be problematic. Those that do seem to contribute acne include cottage and cream cheese, breakfast drinks and sherbet, while items like pizza and chocolate don’t seem to affect acne at all.
Reducing the amount of dairy you consume may help ease some of your acne symptoms. Additionally, following a low-glycemic index diet may help lower your insulin levels thereby helping to get rid of pimples.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Acne
Whether you are taking acne medications or not, there are a number of home remedies for acne that you can try.
- Wash your face twice daily. Be careful not to over wash your face, though, as this can cause more acne flare-ups.
- Use hypoallergenic products and mild soaps whenever possible. For proper natural acne skin care, it is important to use products that are not irritating to the skin.
- Clean your bedsheets, especially your pillowcase, weekly with mild, chemical-free detergent.
- Avoid foods that are high in sugar or fried, are processed (particularly carbohydrates), contain trans fatty acids, or are made with partially hydrogenated oils