Should I Avoid Certain Foods During the Holidays for Healthy Skin?

Should I Avoid Certain Foods During the Holidays for Healthy Skin?

"With the festive season coming, should I avoid indulging in certain foods, or change my routine to avoid acne flare-ups?"

For many individuals, the holiday season can bring with it acne flare ups, with diet being a possible trigger to think about. Holiday eating often involves an increase in the amount of sugar and other carbohydrates in the diet. While the relationship between acne and diet has been debated over the years, some recent evidence suggests that high-glycemic index foods may, indeed, contribute to the development of acne.

The glycemic index is a ranking of carbohydrate containing foods (1 to 100) according to how much they increase blood glucose levels. Foods with a high glycemic index are digested, absorbed and metabolized quickly, causing a faster rise in blood sugar and an increase in insulin production. Insulin is thought to increase other hormones which contribute to the production of oil on the skin. The glycemic index of baked goods and other holiday foods tends to be moderate to high.

Avoiding or limiting your intake of these foods may help to reduce your risk of acne flares during the holiday season. In addition to being mindful of your food choices, a good, basic skin care routine may also be of benefit, which may include:

· Washing the face twice daily with a mild, soapless cleanser using lukewarm water

· Washing hands prior to washing the face and using a clean face cloth at each washing

· Using lightweight noncomedogenic cosmetics

· Maintaining adequate skin hydration with a light and noncomedogenic moisturizer

· Shampooing the hair at least every other day or on a daily basis

· Avoiding contact with the forehead and hairline with hairstyling products

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