Acne is a complex skin condition, with many contributing factors and irritants. What may be causing someone’s acne is different from person to person, and can be influenced by their genetics, lifestyle choices, and even diet. Certain foods that we eat on a day to day basis may not be necessarily causing your acne directly, but plays a huge role in how your acne is formed. 

Just as you are sure to make sure the products that you are using on your skin are acne safe, you always want to be sure the foods you are consuming are acne safe as well. The reason why this is, is because of the hormonal effect that it plays on your body. Let’s take sugar for example, when you consume something with a high glycemic index (GI) it increases your blood sugar which in turn causes your body to produce the hormone insulin. An increase in insulin in our bodies causes your skin to produce more oil and inflammation which are two of the most contributing factors to acne. In the skin, sugar molecules can attach themselves to other molecules, like proteins (your collagen) and fats causing them to become stiff and inflexible, this process is called glycation. Glycation also causes free radical formation and inflammation, all of which can speed up the aging process. Sugar also effects the water binding process in the skin which causes dull, grey skin. 

Foods that cause acne and premature aging are typically high glycemic foods. When your blood sugar spikes, your body produces insulin, which in turn produces more oil, which in turn aggravates the pore and causes acne and dehydration.  So- what can we do to avoid these blood sugar spikes? Easy, know what foods are high on the GI scale, and which ones are low, and make swaps in your fridge the same way you would with your products in your vanity cabinet. 

High Glycemic Foods 

  • White Bread
  • White Rice
  • Corn
  • Bagels
  • Simple Starches
  • Potatos
  • Sweets 
  • Cakes
  • Soda
  • Cookies

Low Glycemic Foods 

  • Whole Grains
  • Quinoa
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Leafy Greens
  • Cherries
  • Veggies
  • Peaches 
  • Sweet Potato
  • Strawberries
  • Pasta