Nutrition Tips For Adult Acne – Which Foods Help?
Skin nutrition is a subject matter of significant personal and professional interest so when my writing volunteer Mashaal expressed a desire to explore the connection between diet and adult acne, I needed little convincing.
Mashaal, like myself, has a vested interest in nutrition for adult acne both from the perspective of personal curiosity and because it is a challenge she has personally dealt with.
We both have a massive appreciation for the role skin health can play in quality of life and with that in mind endeavoured to deliver a concise yet comprehensive summary of the best available evidence in this area.
Mashaal left no stone unturned in reviewing the relevant scientific literature and so I simply cannot wait for you guys to read what she’s come up with.
Nutrition Tips For Adult Acne
Written & researched by Mashaal Junaid with feedback, review & revisions from yours truly
Adult acne is classified as the presence of acne after the age of 25.
Dealing with acne as an adult can be particularly challenging since it is often perceived a condition associated with puberty and the teenage years.
Many people turn to spend hundreds of dollars on skincare brands which can often exasperate the acne.
Adult acne can occur as a result of many different things such as hormone imbalances and genetics but the majority of the literature states how the Western diet plays a huge role in the persistence of acne because there is a higher number of processed foods.
With this article, we wanted to provide practical and evidence-based tips that you can implement to see positive results in your skin.
Choose More Foods With A Low Glycemic Index (GI)
The glycemic index (GI) of a food describes how sharply it raises blood sugar levels after consumption.
In the graphic below we demonstrate some higher GI options and their lower GI alternatives.
The frequent consumption of high GI foods increases the production of a hormone known as IGF-1 which is associated with adult acne.
According to recent work out of JAMA Dermatology it may be the case that high levels of IGF-1 increase oxidative stress and inflammation, both of…