Sis listen, we’re about to start busting some common skin care myths right now. Some of these have been passed down for generations but no more. Let’s break the cycles and pass on knowledge based on sound science and facts starting with….
Skin myth #1
No ma’am, fried foods do not cause breakouts. Eating fried foods may increase our chances of getting heart disease and type 2 diabetes (that’s another conversation for a different day) but the oil and grease are not confirmed links to acne. Of course we aren't getting off that easy because studies show that there is a link between food and acne. Consuming certain things like processed food: chips, white bread, crackers, sugary foods and drinks are responsible for breakouts.
Basically anything that will instantly spike blood sugar levels (high glycemic foods) can be a culprit to your latest breakout (it certainly was to mine- we'll talk about that later though). There’s no clear reason why but the evidence is definitely there. Check out the chart to see where your favorite foods fall on the glycemic index (ranking of foods based on how it spikes blood sugar levels).
I can personally vouch for this. I know that when I overdo the cheese and crackers, donuts and those Chick-Fil-A fries with the Chick-Fil-A sauce then my skin goes off and I end up paying the price with hard bumps and white heads that lead to dark spots. That may be TMI but I can share with you, right Sis?
I said all of that to say, if you have consistent acne then try staying away from high glycemic foods for 30 days and see how your skin responds! Start out by choosing food with the glycemic index of 55 or less. I have info below that can help guide your on your low glycemic-no acne experiment. If you find yourself struggling then reach out to us and we'll help talk you through the temptation.
Choose low glycemic foods
Using the glycemic index is easy: choose foods in the low GI category instead of those in the high GI category (see below), and go easy on those in between.
Low glycemic index (GI of 55 or less): Most fruits and vegetables, beans, minimally processed grains, pasta, low-fat dairy foods, and nuts.
Moderate glycemic index (GI 56 to 69): White and sweet potatoes, corn, white rice, couscous, breakfast cereals such as Cream of Wheat and Mini Wheats.
High glycemic index (GI of 70 or higher): White bread, rice cakes, most crackers, bagels, cakes, doughnuts, croissants, most packaged breakfast cereals.
You have the tools. Give it a try and let us know how it worked for you!