While there has long been a connection between the food you eat, and the appearance of your skin, the particular foods to avoid are always under debate. Some experts claim that chocolate and potato chips can increase breakouts. This has not been proven. However, a recent study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that dairy products and high glycemic index food may be the real culprits. Foods including milk, white bread, pasta, and cookies can increase acne breakouts.
Researchers suspect that dairy products may increase incidence of zits because fluctuations in hormone levels can affect skin’s appearance and how often it breaks out. Since levels of hormones are high in milk, drinking a lot of it could factor into how clear your skin is. Additionally, high glycemic index foods can cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin, two other factors in your complexion’s appearance. These two food groups might not directly cause breakouts, but could increase the number of flare-ups experienced if your skin is already acne-prone. Doctors recommend cutting back on the milk you drink by obtaining calcium from other sources like spinach, swiss chard, kale, dried figs, and tofu to your diet. Instead of white carbohydates, start consuming whole-grain pastas and breads, and be sure to pair any starch with protein to moderate its impact on insulin and blood sugar levels. Then, enjoy having breakout-free skin!