The medical community offers a wide variety of opinions and speculations about acne diet. These opinions and speculations seem to change on a consistent basis. A common myth when discussing an acne diet is that foods that are high in fat, grease, or oil will result in acne breakouts. Many people mistakenly believe that a chocolate bar or a greasy pizza is the source of their acne.
Since acne is caused by clogged pores and is not the result of increased fat intake. While these foods may lead one to be susceptible to oilier skin, they will not contribute enough oil production to produce acne breakouts. An acne diet that avoids chocolate, for example, is not a productive one because chocolate would have to literally be rubbed onto the skin in sufficient amounts to clog pores to cause breakouts.
Recent research seems to show that an acne diet consisting of carbohydrates that are slow to digest have a significant improvement on acne. A team of nutritionists in Melbourne, Australia, at RMIT University looked at 50 teenage boys that had moderate to severe acne. Half of the boys ate an acne diet that consisted mainly of processed food and the other half ate a more balanced acne diet consisting of whole grains, pasta, and legumes. Researchers theorized that the foods that were slower to digest and be absorbed would produce fewer fluctuations in hormonal and blood sugar levels. In fact, the results indicated that those on the balanced diet with slow-to-digest foods showed a remarkable improvement with their acne. Researchers thus concluded that a balanced diet that was high with the slow-to-digest foods would be the best solution for an acne diet.
With this conclusion, researchers suggested that growth hormones that develop in puberty could possibly be causing teenagers to be insulin resistant for a temporary timeframe. The suggestion is that the higher level of insulin in the blood is the cause of the blocked pores and the oil production that triggers acne breakouts. Because a diet that is high in processed food may increase the blood sugar level, this may exacerbate the problem and cause more breakouts. An acne diet that is high in slow-to-digest carbohydrates seems to be the optimal solution.
Other suggestions that have been made toward an acne diet are diets that are high in protein. It seems that a high protein acne diet does play a role in controlling acne. This is because, when high protein is ingested, the result is less production of the enzyme that contributes to oil production and thus to acne breakouts.
An assortment of vitamins also plays a role in a balanced acne diet. Some research has shown that the vitamins B plays a role in the acne diet because it decreases stress levels that may be an acne trigger. Zinc has been linked to a healthy acne diet as well due to its antioxidant properties that is reflected in healthy, oil-free skin. Furthermore, Green Tea seems to have some effect on an acne diet because it results in less production of the hormone androgen that has been connected to acne breakouts in terms of hormonal fluctuations.
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that a healthy diet is the best acne diet in terms of providing your body with the raw materials needed for skin health. The best acne diet is one that is healthy and balanced. With the skin being the largest organ of the body, what is good for the body will also be highly beneficial to the skin.