Top Foods To Avoid When Dealing with Pimples
Many of us have faced a variety of common skin problems including the occurrence of pimples. For some of us, an outbreak was a part of our life on the onset of puberty and for some it emerged later in life. The skin is our largest organ and we have to maintain its health from inside out. The simplest ways to keep pimples in check is keep the surface of the skin clean and our hormonal levels in check. Some foods trigger the over-production of certain type of hormones that end up making other changes in the body, including that on the skin and increase the occurrence of pimples.
Have you read my recent article on Top Benefits of Cucumbers for skin yet?
In simplest terms, pimples are caused when the oil glands on our skin become over active or begin to secrete more oil or sebum. If dead skin cells are left behind on the surface of the skin, they bock up the pores and cause the bacteria that is present n the skin to feed off more oil and reproduce. This causes an immune response in the body and the skin in inflamed causing pimples.
Here is a list of top foods that actually trigger more oil secretion and cause other changes in the body leading to the formation of pimples.
Though the study is still non-conclusive, it has been found that chocolates and other foods with a high level of sugar and fat can actually cause over-production of oils in the skin and can lead to inflammation in the skin causing pimples.
HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS
Foods that break down quickly inside the body and trigger the increase in insulin production are a strict no to help deal with pimples. Higher Insulin is associated with more blood sugar levels. More sugar in the blood stream has been found to cause inflammations including pimples. So avoid potato chips and cakes at all costs.
Studies have shown that teens who drank more cow’s milk compared to the ones who had little or no cow’s milk had a greater chance of developing acne. This is due to the fact that cow’s milk also increases blood sugar levels, spiking insulin and causing inflammations in the skin leading to pimples. Also, commercially packaged milk has other hormones in it that might trigger the formation of pimples or result in breakouts.
In some studies, cheese has also been shown to increase pimples.
SOME TYPE OF NUTS
Though the studies are still on and the results are largely non-conclusive, certain types of nuts have a great deal of fats in them. Since, foods with high amount of sugars and fats are directly linked with causing pimples.
Junk food is defined as the kind of foods that are defined as having high calories usually from fats and sugars and are very low on nutritional value. This type of food does not have any minerals, proteins and fibres that are the prerequisite of a healthy, balanced diet. Since junk food has a high level of calories, and increases the blood sugar levels, it increases the production of insulin and causes a reaction in the skin that might appear in the form of pimples.
CANNED AND PRE-PACKAGED FOODS
This type of food is harmful for the body as it contains harmful chemicals in the form of preservatives. These chemical preservatives not only harm the internal organs, it affects the skin as well.
With a variety of lifestyle changes and a healthy balanced diet, pimples and other skin problems can be kept under control.