A low-glycemic diet, lots of vegetables, whole grains, and few processed sugars-can eliminate acne. Refined carbs, sugary treats, and processed foods spike insulin, which can trigger a surge of other hormones that can cause blemishes. Low-glycemic foods on the other hand, help the body regulate insulin. An excessive sugar intake can result in the following:
- Sugar is an inflammatory food, which inflames the skin and body
- Goes directly to your belly, gets processed and can lead to inflammation
- High glycemic food and drinks causes your insulin to spike, which is the cause of inflammation in the skin, causing flare-ups and acne on the skin
- Glycation: Ages the skin at an accelerated pace, as sugary foods increase the breakdown of collagen fibres in the skin. The process involves sugar binding to collagen forming advanced glycation. The binding causes collagen fibres to become stiff and brittle, which is what causes the skin to look older
If an individual has any kind of inflammatory issues, it's best to avoid excessive sugar intake.