Do you know that sugar triggers acne breakouts?
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Acne Home Treatment Date Posted: December 21st, 2011 Comments: 4

Sugar isn’t good for you! This is often emphasized by many in the health industry. Intake of sugar in excess can add extra pounds, affect dental health, and it can also cause aging. The damage of sugar does not end there. It can also trigger acne in many individuals. Wondering how? Cutting out the sugar may be the best acne treatment.

With excess sugar intake, your blood sugar rises.  Hormones like insulin and IGF-1 come into play to bring down blood sugar. Excess of blood sugar is converted to fats and stored in fat cells. Insulin and IGF-1 increase sebum production.  IGF-1 increases the rate at which skin cells regenerate. Insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3) causes the skin cells to separate. Skin cells divide faster and dead cells tend to stick together causing clogging of pores. Whew! Sounds complicated huh?! Well, there is more to it…

The liver is the organ involved in sugar and fat metabolism. It deactivates sugar and clears excess hormones out of our body. In individuals with the right amount of sugar intake, their liver is strong enough to do just that and they decrease their chance of having acne. With increased sugar intake, the liver becomes overloaded and it reflects on your skin externally as acne.

Sugar does not directly cause acne. Drastic increase in blood sugar overwhelms the liver to push out all the excess hormones. Giving up sugar intake is also not the solution to this problem.  In case of reduced sugar intake, sugar cravings increase and androgen comes into play to spike blood sugar levels. Increased androgen level leads to increase in sebum production and this too leads to acne. However, reducing high sugar intake can decrease the load on liver function and reduce the severity of your acne. The best acne treatment is one that reduces your daily sugar intake.

High Glycemic Index foodstuff gets absorbed faster and raises both blood sugar and insulin levels compared to Low Glycemic foodstuff.  Soft drinks, sugar loaded breakfast cereals and other sugary snacks influence sex hormones like testosterone, IGF-1, and insulin, which promote acne. Healthy diet along with few supplements can balance those hormones. Vitamin A, Vitamin E, antioxidants and Zinc citrate are all supplements that can fight against acne.

Your immune system declines with increased sugar intake and exacerbates acne. Cut back on fruit juices with added sugar and sugary liquids and food in general. Look for foods that are low in glycemic index and high in fiber.

What we eat matters most in controlling acne breakouts.  Medications can only improve the appearance of acne.  If your acne medications do not work, it is best to cut back on sugar and see if there is a difference!

Re-evaluate what you eat if you are breaking out. Simply quit indulging in high sugary foods and include more healthy foods in your daily diet.

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  • Sandra hiser - November 26, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Bottom line…after 30 years of acne, I quit sugar and my acne disappeared! I had been unable to eat fats without having breakouts. Now that I’m off sugar, I can eat fats without any problem. Go figure.

  • Kika - January 4, 2013 at 4:07 am - Reply

    At 38, I’m still fighting with acne, but I have experimented with changing my diet since college and this has been the ONLY thing that actually helps my acne. Although, I am my own worst enemy when it comes to my skin, because I get terrible cravings for sweet drinks.I know when I’ve eaten or drank something that I shouldn’t have because I get a break out within hours of consuming it! And these aren’t your average breakouts, I get large painful cysts that take weeks to get rid of! If this resonates with you, I would encourage that you definitely experiment for yourself and see if sugar is causing your break outs

  • Anjali - February 12, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    My brother got lots of acne now i know why ! He is such a suger addict. Problem is that he would never cut his suger intake even if it causes acne he loves suger more then he loves his skin .

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