Low carb diet helps acne or Chips and Chocolate give you spots!


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?

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About Sneha

I am a pharmacist and homeopath and have advised people for many years on issues to do with health, weight and well being. My role has involved navigating my way through the burdensome and sometimes conflicting volume of information and advice from health experts about with what constitutes a healthy diet, what foods to avoid if you want to lose weight and the importance of exercise in weight control and maintaining health. Despite all this information being available, obesity in the UK continues to rise. Knowledge is one thing, but putting it into practice is another! Having lost 3 stones since the birth of my second child, people have been asking me how I did it. That's what has inspired me to write this blog and share my experiences in the hope that it inspires others to find their own path to achieving their health and beauty goals!
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One Response to Low carb diet helps acne or Chips and Chocolate give you spots!

  1. onmywaytohealth says:

    All of them! 🙂

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