Many convectional doctors are of the opinion that diet does not affect acne in any way. This is a contradiction to what many of their patients think. Many acne patients have at least a remote belief that the diet is linked to occurrence or severity of acne. An interesting point is that many of the doctor’s perspective is based on no evidence at all. Call it a hutch. As a recent research that was conducted in Australia shows, not all hutches turn out to be the truth in the field of science. It was found in the study that low glycaemic index (GI) foods help in the treatment of acne.1
In the single blind controlled trial, 43 participants with acne were placed on either a low GI diet or a convectional diet. The observers who were blinded to which diet the participants were taking found out that those participants on low GI diet had significantly reduced their acne lesions. So what does this mean for you as a person suffering from acne?
Choose your foods wisely. Concentrate on consuming fiber rich carbohydrates as opposed to refined carbohydrates. In addition, include lots of vegetables and fruits (around 5 serving a day) in your diet. At all costs, minimize your consumption of fatty foods. While the above study shows a relationship between fatty foods and acne, we cannot conclude for sure that fats are the only cause. The cause of acne is just too complex to be solely attributed to fatty foods.
However, it might help to know that cutting back on your consumption of fats, sweets, sugars, and refined carbohydrates and increasing your consumption of fiber rich foods such as whole grains and cereals, fruits and vegetables may actually help in combating acne. Besides such a diet has an added advantage of keeping excess weight gain at bay and saving you from contracting lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, coronary heart disease among many others.
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