Hormonal breakouts are common in both and women. Why? Because when we indulge in high-glycemic foods, they’re quickly broken down in the body triggering a sudden insulin spike, which raises our blood sugar levels. This in turn triggers hormonal fluctuations and inflammation, which can help contribute to hormonal acne breakouts.
What are high-glycemic foods?
- White potatoes
- Some fruits like bananas, grapes, watermelon and cherries
- Carbonated drinks
- Sweets and chocolate
- Many breakfast cereals, including corn flakes
Studies discovered that when young and adult acne sufferers switched to a low-glycemic diet, hormonal breakouts reduced in severity significantly.
How about chocolate?
When we indulge in those chocolate cravings, our sugar levels suddenly spike, our blood cells produce more interleukin-1b, (which causes the inflammation when exposed to Propionibacterium acnes) and interleukin 10 – thought to lower the body’s defenses against microorganisms. This gives ample opportunity for bacteria to infect your hormonal breakouts, resulting in more redness and swelling of pimples.
To help reduce hormonal acne, opt for low-glycemic foods such as sweet potatoes, vegetables, quinoa, reduced-fat yoghurt, peanuts and steel-cut oatmeal.
Incorporate more green tea, juicing and probiotics into your diet. Oysters are overflowing with zinc, which is believed to help reduce the effects of acne. Find out more about hormonal acne here.