A low-carb diet helps clear acne, says a new study. Here’s how to work your way to a glowing complexion.
Tried out experimenting with every single lotion and potion and yet, a clean, acne free complexion seems like a distant dream? Changing your diet might help you get rid of those damned zits, says a new study. Health portal WebMD News reported that low-carb eating can help clear up acne by controlling glucose levels, which can lead to a healthier complexion.People with acne may have what is called hyperinsulinemia, which is characterised by excess levels of insulin in the blood. "Foods that are low in the glycemic index (GI) may contribute to the hormonal control of acne," said Alan R Shalita, MD, chairman of the department of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York in an interview with WebMD.
"I would encourage patients with acne to moderate the amount of carbs that they eat and not to overdo dairy, as that can also cause acne," he added. Selecting foods lower on the glycemic index means avoiding blood sugar spikes with white rice, sweets, and white flour breads and opting for fresh foods, such as vegetables, meat, and fruits.
Shalita also debunked the myth that chocolate triggers blemishes, noting that for people who do react to chocolate, it is more a result of the sugar and fat in the candy. If you have mild to moderate acne, Shalita recommends applying an over-the-counter salicylic acid cleanser followed by a benzoyl peroxide leave-on product to help dry the skin. “If that doesn’t help, see a dermatologist,” he suggests. Other treatments for more severe acne include oral or topical antibiotics.
Dietary changes that help combat acne:
Eating purple and red fruits such as pomegranate, strawberries, black grapes and beetroot can help clear up acne. Have the fruits in form of a salad or as freshly pressed juice.
Green tea is loaded with anti-oxidants and helps fight acne.
Certain green leafy vegetables such as spinach and lettuce also helps clear up the complexion. These vegetables have inflammation fighting nutrients that restrict acne flare-up.
Multigrain breads and chapattis can also stop your sugar levels from shooting up and thereby control acne.
Avoid pastries and cookies as they have high sugar content.
A diet that’s high on dairy products also flare up acne.
If you have an acne prone skin, it’s always good to avoid carbonated drinks and alcohol.
Certain oils such as corn oil or sunflower oil can also aggravate acne.
(Inputs by Dr Varun Katyal, dermatologist)