Bread Can Trigger Teenage Acne
Why would you eat loads of bread every day when you do not know what
it can do to you besides fulfilling your appetite? Teenagers who eat
lots of bread these days are most likely to get acne more than adults
do. Studies show that acne comes up in 60% of 12-year-old and below and
95% of 18-year-old & teenagers.
US dermatologists have conducted several researches that confirm
that refined sugar, along with wheat and other grains, can raise
insulin levels. Studies done previously may show that too much insulin
can lead to acne also those new low-carbohydrate diets those are so
popular right now. It is possible that they can lead to reduced acne
breakouts for some.
Loren Cordain of Colorado State University conducted a research and
suggested that insulin surges may be triggered by easily digested
refined bread. IGF-1, a growth factor resembling insulin, can be
produced as well.
This combination of substances in the body can spike male
hormones, which is known to created large amounts of sebum in the skin.
Sebum, a thick substance that can build up in the pores of the skin,
encourages the bacterial growth responsible for acne.
Further, a research has pointed out a lack of acne among teenagers
living in other parts of the world, where food is largely unprocessed.
Acne only appeared among the Inuit people of Alaska when people there
switched from their traditional fare to a Western-style diet.
Dermatologists at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, are
planning a major study to see if eating a low-carbohydrate diet can
reduce the incidence of acne. The experiments will involve 60 teenage
boys, tracked over the course of three months.
Dermatologists have seen lots of anecdotal evidence when they had
their patients move to low-carbohydrate diets. However, the Australian
research will be one of the first controlled studies to examine the
effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on acne.