Ever wondered whether what you eat and drink affects your acne? At Laser Skin Solutions we have been advising our clients for years to watch the intake of various sugars in their diet due to the hormonal fluctuations these can cause.
Years ago, the idea that eating a greasy chip could give you spots was pooh-poohed in a big way as nutritionists and doctors alike were quick to dismiss the idea that diet could have such a direct impact on your skin. A review however of 50 years of clinical studies as reported in an article in the Daily Mail indicates that there is a direct link between diet and acne after all.
The conclusions of the study confirm what we at Laser Skin Solutions have been saying all along – that it’s the fluctuations in hormone levels that have a direct impact on your acne. Whilst we never claim to be nutritionists, as all our acne clients know, we have been advocating the low GI (Glycaemic Index) diet for some time now.
So what is the Glycaemic Index (GI) and why could the GI Diet benefit you if you suffer with acne? The Glycaemic Index is a measure of how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a particular food. All foods are measured against glucose which is given a number of 100 on the Glycaemic Index. The effects that different foods have on your blood sugar can vary considerably and are given a number on the Glycaemic Index of 1 – 100. Foods that are high on the Glycaemic Index are usually considered to have a rating of 65 or above. Foods with carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream tend to have a high GI like white bread, white pasta etc. Foods with slow release carbs like porridge oats, beans, pulses etc are considered low GI as the rate at which they release glucose into the blood stream is much slower.
So why are foods that are high GI bad news for acne sufferers? Well, in a nutshell, if you are eating foods which spike your blood sugar, it is thought to have a direct affect on the severity of your acne because of the hormonal fluctuations this causes, namely the release of insulin. Many of us experience constant sugar highs and sugar lows during the day. We may have a biscuit with our mid-morning coffee. This satisfies us for a while but then a little later we are craving another snack. It’s this constant yo-yoing up and down in blood sugar, (and therefore insulin release) which can have a direct impact on acne.
Diet is only one aspect of acne, which is a complex skin condition as explained in our skin advice centre. The treatment for acne at our Bournemouth laser clinic is actually very straightforward and simple. Acne vulgaris, or Grade 3 acne on the Leeds Grading system is caused by an anaerobic bacteria which loves conditions where there is no oxygen. What we do at Laser Skin Solutions is attack acne with a 3-pronged approach. We take away the bacteria’s food source (sebum and dead skin cells) by oxygenating your skin using glycolic peels. We then use laser light to kill the bacteria itself. Lastly, we take a holistic approach to acne (as we do with Rosacea ) and get clients to think about diet and stress levels.
If you are struggling with your skin (or know of someone who battles with acne), why not come and see us for an acne consultation? It’s free of charge and free of obligation.Read more about the most popular treatment for skin acne on our post Dying for Clear Skin.