The video suggests a clear link between acne and a high glycaemic index (GI) diet. This should not be dismissed but debate continues.
More research is needed on the relationship between diet and acne. Studies to date have been small scale, or not as rigorous as you might see for medical treatment, yet they do share common conclusions.
A low GI diet controls blood sugar levels, which in turn, control levels of metabolic hormones that could contribute to acne prevalence. Research relating to high consumption of dairy products has also raised concerns.
Underlying part of this view is the lack of acne in less modern societies. Papua New Guinea, or remaining hunter gatherer groups are seen as examples and they do largely avoid acne but there could be other factors.
Their environment will be different, as will their genetic background, a significant factor in acne. Even so, these being the sole cause is unlikely, so we should look at points raised by initial research.
A High Glycaemic Diet
Carbohydrates make up the majority of high GI foods, including processed, or starchy food, such as white bread, boiled white potatoes, or chips. Sugars, or drinks sweetened with sugar, or syrup are particularly high on the list.
Most vegetables are low, although a few such as parsnips, or pumpkins are the opposite. All vegetables increase their GI as they ripen, although most are rich in fibre, which helps to slow digestion and prevent a rise in blood sugar levels.
Mixing your diet to combine high and low GI foods, together with fibre can be beneficial. A balanced approach, along with avoiding the worst culprits also helps your health in other ways and may assist in reducing acne symptoms.
There are plenty of guides online, such as this GI index. Items below 55 are seen as low, those above 70 require careful thought.
Eating Dairy Products
Several studies have found dairy consumption to be significant in worsening acne. Cows milk contains seborrhoea producing hormones, similar to those arising in humans during puberty, dairy cows may also be treated with artificial hormones.
Research suggests these contribute to a hormonal imbalance when consumed and could trigger acne. A further theory proposes that when combined with high levels of refined foods, or processed sugars, they make matters even worse.
The picture is not however clear, or logical, a few studies find that skimmed milk has a worse effect than whole milk. In general though, high consumption of dairy products appears to be an acne negative.
Coping With Being Unique
As our DNA proves, we are all different and the reality is that dietary changes will have a different outcome for each of us. The general guidelines above have a scientific base but the answer for you may be to safely experiment.
Try rational changes and see if they make a difference, if they are along the lines suggested, they won’t hurt. A good diet can help with cholesterol levels, prevent cell disfunction, reduce fatty acids, or refuel your body after exercise.
Some people may find their acne is much improved, others not so much but as part of an approach to acne treatment, living in a healthier way is a positive step.