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Sugar Cause Acne

Sugar Cause Acne is through indirect route/pathway. The more accurate explanation is due to high glycemic index diet which do cause spiking of insulin and IGF-1, which in terms provoke the androgen release, in term increase sebaceous gland activity. 

Sugar cause acne?

Sugar Cause Acne or pimple is a much debated topic.

Sugar per se do not cause acne. There are no concrete study to prove that sugar alone do cause acne. Some other study show that excess sugar may cause acne. In general, excess sugar is not good for health. Still there are study to say that people taking high sugar food tends to have more severe acne breakout and also takes longer than usual for the acne eruption to resolve.

 

Sugar Cause Acne: high glycemic diet in an empty stomach cause insulin surge, in turn androgen surge & increased sebaceous gland activity.

Sugar Cause Acne: high glycemic diet in an empty stomach cause insulin surge, in turn androgen surge & increased sebaceous gland activity.

 

Sugar Cause Acne: Carbohydrate cause acne?

Sugar Cause Acne is only a speculation. 

Again there are no conclusive study to prove this is the case. Simple carbohydrate gets converted quickly into simple sugar and thus has the tendency to spike the insulin and IGF-1, as compared more complex carbohydrate.

Sugar Cause Acne: High glycemic index diet.

Sugar Cause Acne is through spiking of insulin and IGF-1. This is through a high glycemic food.

There is positive study to show that the high glycemic index diet do cause spiking of insulin and IGF-1, which in terms provoke the androgen release. Androgen then increase the oil secretion so much that it may block the follicular duct unit causing acne breakout.

The index is graded from 1 to 100.

The bigger the number, the higher the index. Any food that has index of more than 80 is considered as with high glycemic index food. Such food includes, white bread, potato, white milled rice and noodle. Most fruit juice due to the removal of fiber, also tends to has high index. Therefore, it is better to take whole fruit punch than just the juice.

When sugar causes the acne, it certainly also cause acne scar if the bursted infection into deep dermis causing blemishes is not treated or drained, it will end up as acne scar and its complications.

 

 

Low glycemic index food High glycemic index food
Whole grain, legume, nut, seed Highly processed food

White bread, potato

Milled rice & noodle

Sweet and pastry

Chocolate

Soft drinks

Fruits and vegetables
Lean protein