You’ve tried every product under the sun, from Proactiv to Accutane, but your face still resembles a deep dish pizza pie with extra pepperoni, so you’ve resorted to seeking out magical home remedies for pimples. In the world of dermatology, whether or not diet plays a part in the wonderful world of acne is a highly debated topic.
Some say that there is no link between diet and “the dots,” and the only way to get rid of them is through medication and creams; others claim that what you eat is the biggest cause of acne, and you should start there before even considering popping pills. So, who do you trust? Who’s right? You just want to know how to get rid of pimples!
Well, you can start here: A new study suggests that avoiding foods with a high glycemic index may help clear your skin. They had two groups of acne sufferers follow two different diets for 12 weeks. One group followed a low glycemic load plan, while the other stuck to an ordinary American high-processed diet.
After 3 months, the low glycemic load group had gotten rid of nearly twice as many pimples and lesions than the control group. Even better, the group that stuck to the lower end of the glycemic index also lost weight and increased their insulin sensitivity (two benefits that have been repeatedly linked to low glycemic load diets).
It’s not possible to determine if the improvement in acne was due to weight loss or better insulin sensitivity or both, the researchers write.
My question is: Does it matter? It’s clear that avoiding over-processed junk food already has many benefits (fat loss, reduced risk of diabetes, more energy), AND it could possibly reduce the number of blemishes on your face. So give it a try. Even if you don’t banish a single zit, you will still be healthier in the long run.
And don’t forget to try one of the other home remedies for pimples that was posted a few weeks ago: 7 Steps to Natural Acne Free Skin
Do you have any other home remedies for pimples that you swear by? Let’s hear ’em!