A higher intake of white carbs might be related to acne. Easily digestible carbs such as white bread, potatoes, white rice, plus cakes, biscuits and pastries made from white flour cause greater amounts of insulin release compared with carbs naturally found in fruits and vegetables, wholemeal bread and pasta and brown rice. Higher levels of insulin increase the levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which stimulates production of the male reproductive hormone testosterone. This in turn stimulates sebaceous gland activity of the skin, leading to increased sebum or oil production and acne.
IGF is also present in milk and it is therefore thought that increased milk consumption may also be related to acne.
Whilst the research about a possible link between diet and acne is not conclusive, one thing does seem clear to me. The evidence against white carbs and why we shouldn’t eat them if we want to look better and be healthier is mounting!
Perhaps my Mum was right when she warned me that: “Chips and chocolate will give you bad spots!”
Which white carb can you live without?