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Eat Whole Wheat For Clearer Skin

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.


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christinapeeples christinapeeples 8 years
tooo helpful! i love it!
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
I read mtiger's comment and I thought that too, but I didnt notice a big difference when I only drank water. Then I read this article on aol news about what things are good for your skin and water does nothing for acne. It just helps your skin stay hydrated and that is it.
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
I am right there with sundaygreen. All I eat is whole wheat. I have been for years and I still had acne. But my acupuncturist told me to cut out dairy and my acne has dramatically cleared up. It really isn't so hard to do. And there is also the added bonus of shedding a few pounds too. You will not believe how much fat and calories dairy can tack onto your food.
mellow2424 mellow2424 8 years
I haven't tried adding more whole grains but have had success with the elimination of dairy. It's just really hard to stick to! My skin will clear up, I'll cheat. Then I break out and quit dairy again. I love cheese and ice cream!
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
I do this already and my skin's still awful...
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
I don't know. I've heard grains can actually contribute to acne in some people (gluten and other compounds can be troubling). The study referenced here just compares it to higher glycemic diets, so I'm not surprised it's an improvement over refined grains. Wheat and dairy are two of the first things I would recommend cutting out if you have a big acne problem.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I also only eat whole grains, and I still have a zit every now and then. I think drinking water is more important than anything else for your skin.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I'm glad to hear that neonbible. To be honest I've been putting off cutting out dairy because for me it's probably the toughest not to have in my diet (I can go weeks if not months without eating bread or grains, that's not a problem for me)... but to hear someone say they've had success by cutting it out, I'm seriously going to give it a shot now!
neonbible neonbible 8 years
sunday green i actually got bad breakouts like cystic acne style and since i cut out dairy, refined everything and drank loads of water my skin's been super clear. i think people who break out should experiment eliminating and then reintrodcing different foods to see if they are the problem to thier troubled skin.
michruby michruby 8 years
this is interesting. im a vegan who eats a lot of whole grains, and wheat, but i've had bad acne prone skin for about 10 years. its gotten better with growing up but it's still not clear. i was reading that gluten can cause acne. i was thinking about trying a gluten free diet and see if that helps.
ditorres ditorres 8 years
me too sundaygreen. i don't have horrible acne but i do have the occasional bump. my face doesn't seem to be affected by the food that I eat. I always have to bite my tongue when my esthetician says that it's the food that I eat that causes my blemishes.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I don't knowabout this, I ONLY eat wholewheat (and have for years). I never touch white bread or anything 'white' like bagels or whatever, and I still have problem skin. I've heard cutting out dairy is one of the best ways to solve problem skin.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This is sort of like the philosophy behind the Perricone Prescription - eat foods that are low on the glycemic index and help redness and acne problems on the skin. And get healthier at the same time :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well there's definitely something to be said about changing your diet to see results in the health of your body and skin so i'm not surprised about this one. if i can make things better by eating more whole wheat - then that's an easy fix.
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