If you've tried every cleanser, cream, and gel, and your skin is still breaking out, it might be time to change your thinking. Instead of dabbing your pimples with anti-acne meds to make them disappear, try tackling the problem from the inside out before the spots appear on your face. Australian researchers have found that nourishing your body with wheat and other whole grains can reduce acne. That means you should ditch refined carbs such as breads, cookies, and crackers made with enriched white flour, and choose ones made with whole grain flour instead. Whole grains are considered low on the glycemic index, and they help maintain a steady balance of insulin. When you eat refined carbs, your insulin spikes, and this can cause a boost in certain hormones called androgens, which cause zits. In this study, after 12 weeks on low-glycemic diets, people noticed a 20 percent decrease in breakouts.
If it's clear skin you're after, include at least three servings of whole grains in your daily day. Some great options are brown rice, quinoa, barley, oats, and millet, or eat foods made out of these whole grain flours. Not only are they great for your skin, but they can prevent constipation and lower blood pressure too.