Diet and Acne: For a Clearer Complexion, Cut the Empty Carbs

browniesHigh glycemic index foods, such as sweets/simple carbohydrates, are now closely looked at by researchers as being a culprit in causing acne. Allison Aubrey from NPR reports that several studies looking at low-glycemic index diets produced promising results in reducing acne. Eating high-glycemic index foods can alter hormone levels, increasing oil production that leads to acne. Nutrition researchers need more studies to make a definitive statement, as some evidence points to dairy products as a possible cause of acne as well. What role do you think diet plays in acne exacerbations? What foods do you recommend to avoid in your patients’ with acne-prone skin?

For more information, please visit NPR.

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