Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Common food triggers of acne

Acne is a common problem I see in my practice, particularly among teenagers. Many teenagers are prescribed antibiotics by their family physician however looking at food triggers is a much safer and longer term solution.
Grains (both gluten-containing and non-gluten) and sugar should be avoided if you struggle with acne.
Gluten may make your gut more permeable, which allows proteins to get into your bloodstream that would otherwise have been excluded, sensitizing your immune system and promoting inflammation, which can lead to acne.
When you eat starchy carbs, grains, and sugar/fructose, it causes a surge of insulin and insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1 in your body.
This surge can lead to an excess of male hormones, which cause your pores to secrete sebum, a greasy substance that attracts acne-promoting bacteria.
Elevated IGF-1 also causes skin cells known as keratinocytes to multiply, a process that is also associated with acne.

Sue Taylor


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