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Even if you already know about diet and acne read this as I bet your "good" diet is slightly wrong. If you donít know about diet and acne or simply donít believe it read this.

High insulin causes acne. Acne sufferers have high insulin because our body is glucose intolerant and therefore reacts to high-glycemic foods by producing masses of insulin for long periods, this isn't some ******** theory its a simple fact. There has got to be thousands of posts on this board saying x can cause it and x will improve it but the fact is these people wouldn't be here if they could cure it. I know diets such as avoiding pasta/bread/sugar etc and the link to insulin has been posted before but they did not state the link to the glycemic-load of foods, most diets typically focus on carb restriction (close but not exactly) or eat only this and that, these are too difficult to follow as many people especially active people need lots of carbís, also people tend not to believe as posters go on about eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and "organic foods" (aren't all foods organic by definition) and donít realise that while fruit and vegetables are good in general (NOT ALL!) its simply the glycemic-load of the food that matters.

Eat a sh1t load of pasta/bread/peanut buttter/choclate and wake up tomorrow with more spots than you can count.

That guy who went to Japan/China and his acne cleared up: low-glycemic diet BINGO.

That guy who has seboherric dermatitis and acne, high-glycemic diet BINGO, does keratinocytes mean anything to you:

That guy who posted a diet on here that people said worked for them I haven't seen it but its low-glycemic (or at least lower than what they were originally eating)

There was a 35 year old with severe acne who posted his diet and I thought **** me I would be severe if I ate like that, it was basically an a-z of high glycemic foods.

A women's insulin rockets during her period.

Kpp05 (or whatever) made a thread about a new theory, its mostly b0llocks but there was one interesting part he said ďI get massively hungry 2hrs after having big meals and I have a very fast metabolism.Ē Insulin is the messenger to the enzymes that break down food and high concentrations also make you very hungry.

Acne is not heard of in places of the world that donít have high-glycemic foods, or sedentary lifestyles.

99% of westerners (not cowboys) eat many foods everyday that are high-glycemic

Aspirin works not as an anti-inflamentry but because it lowers blood pressure which is a smallish part of the problem.

Now some people on here know what foods to avoid to control their acne reasonably well, however still get spots this is more than likely because they donít realise that certain foods that seem good actually aren't, you see its not just processed foods it can be others too such as potatoes (complex carbs, natural, organic, healthy, vegetable and yet one of the highest glycemic foods) and raisins.

[I]Using white bread as the standard, sucrose (table sugar) has a glycemic index of 92. So white bread, with a glycemic index of 100, raises blood glucose slightly faster than table sugar. Baked potatoes may be the biggest surprise, with a glycemic index of 121, which is 29 points higher than table sugar![/I]

Come on hands up who eats potatoes: mash/roast/boiled/baked/raw/chips/crisps

I was in this category I have had clear/clearish skin for years by cutting out foods I knew to be bad (via trial and error over many years) but unfortunately I thought it was just sugary foods/simple carbs and processed foods I never suspected potatoes or raisins or pasta. For the last few months I had been eating these a lot and getting spots. Now you know itís the glycemic-load you donít have to keep that mental list that is subject to flaws you can lookup any food's glycemic-load rating on the Internet.

So how do I get clear skin, simple:
-Eat a low-glycemic diet.
-Exercise least 1hr day
-Drink plenty of water 1-2litres/day

Be strict and your acne should switch off after a couple of days and you wonít get any new spots.

The glycemic-load (not index) can be found on google but be careful it varies and some are very misleading, inacurate or simply wrong it also depends on the individual a good one can be found here


[B]For the doubters[/B]

Pills/antibiotics/chemicals/creams/vitamins/detoxs will not cure you, ask yourself two simple questions how long have you been using the above "treatments" and do you have "acne". Fact is you are treating the symptoms not the cause.

The diet + exercise will cure you full stop. It starts to work after a couple of days there is no initial break it costs very little you can be clear in weeks if you get clear there is no chance of it coming back (as long as you stick to it) and do you really want acutance, B5, acid on you skin? Come on give this a try first acutance can taken 6 months!!! And still come back and these treatments are all based on fighting your body not working with it. Itís the same as eating poison everyday then taking an antidotes, just stop eating the poison.

Donít take my word for it have a test, go to the doctor and demand a glucose intolerance test it can be done via a blood sample or by analysing your breath, alternatively look at the food chart, do you eat any high-glycemic foods? I mean any, its not like oh I only eat a few so its probably not that significant, any at all will make your insulin rocket.

If insulin causes acne its not carbs per say its the glycemic-load.

[B]For the idiots:[/B]
"My friend eats chocolate and pop all day so it can't be diet itís just hormones" this is the same as saying to a diabetic "I don't take insulin injections and Iím just fine" these people are typically called stu and it aint short for stewart.

"I eat nothing but fruit and veg and healthy food for 35 years" either your
a) lying
b) eating what you presume to be healthy but actually isn't
c) a rare case of acne that unfortunately is un-manageable this way (V.Doubtful)

People may avoid this diet because it promoted by vegetarians and vegans and generally associated with low carbohydrate intake and skinny hippy weirdo types, but you can eat plenty of carbs 3000+ as long as they are the right ones, oats/brown rice/whole wheat pasta etc.

Finding a complete cure for acne were you can eat high-glycemic foods would be akin to finding a cure for diabetes and as such you can take all the vitamins, minerals, chinese herbs and immune system regulators you want your not smart enough to cure diabetes nor are you smart enough to cure acne.

I would love it if you just gave it a chance, fully not half-hearted, for two-weeks eat low-glycemic foods exercise and drink water. Be rid of your curse.

I canít be arsed explaining why this works itís all over the Internet, google for insulin and acne.

While I believe this will cure 99% of people I am also smart enough to know that I donít know everything and false hope is a ***** it would be arrogant of me to say this will work for everyone and those it doesnít are simply not doing it right if I have given you false hope I do apologise.
First off I wont be sticking around the only reason I posted was because I felt a responsibility to help people, if you can help someone and choose not too then your a bit of a b0llocks really. I wont be preaching this or trying to cram it down you neck, either believe it or donít I couldn't give two toms t1ts.

Ill just answer a few questions then I would like to add something else.

[B]soupyhead[/B]: The categorising of foods in three groups (fat/carbs/protein) has lead a lot of people to believe fat is fat and carbs are carbs, this is not true. Is omega-3 the same as the fat on your bacon? nope. Ask a bodybuilder is whey protein the same as egg protein? nope, just in the same way, the carbohydrate in potatoes is different to the carbohydrate is oats. Many things affect the make-up of the carbs you eat such as the meals fat content, protein content, the amount of bran etc. processed flours have little to no bran/fat/other ingredients and are therefore turned into glucose very quickly.

As for cheerios (i'm assuming you mean normal not the honey ones) they are 75% whole grains which is good but they are also 25% sugars, syrups and some processed flour. bad - now as i said before the diet is individual so whether cheerios would be bad for you is for you to find out, eat low glycemic foods STRICTLY for two weeks (i apologise if some moderately-glycemic foods made it into the diet I posted I will scratch cheerios, museli and add peanuts) then slowly add in moderately glycemic foods to find out how much you can tolerate. see tollerance levels.

[B]ksaguy[/B] i have no idea what you just said


I apologise if my tone offends you, swearing is not considered offensive and just how people talk where I come from. I also apologise if some moderately-glycemic foods made it into the diet I posted I will scratch cheerios, museli and add peanuts.

[B]Iwillhelpyou[/B] - thanks for your positive response I too like to eat carbs but find it difficult to find the low glycemic ones. Did you know brown rice take approximately 37 weeks to cook. :)

I disagree with you on the fruit tho aside from bananas fruit generally have a low-glycemic load rating for two reasons one they are made from fructose not sucrose and the other they consist mainly of water, A watermelon is very high-glycemic but consists mainly of water and therefore will not affect glucose levels massively. In the same way having a tiny pinch of sugar wont. I concede if you wanted to be ultra strict then eating nothing but broccoli and carrots all day would be fantastic for your acne but it would be very unhealthy and absolutely not recommended.

[B]Omega47[/B] I too have been skinny in the past and on this diet its difficult to bulk, yes burning off carbs will help but then you wont put on any weight. one way is to brave it out eat plenty off carbs mainly pasta, meat whey protein and build yourself up then hit the low-glycemic diet, then you will be both big and spot free. I have done this recently i mangaged to put on two stone in four months (loads of spots) but now i maintain weight with lowglycemic foods and have no spots (isn't it great when you control acne and acne doesn't control you) Did you know to put on muscle you MUST eat loads of carbs and typically high-glycemic foods and to lose fat which you will also put on with the muscle you need to eat low-glycemic foods, you can easily maintain weight through oats, brown rice (posiblly whole wheat pasta-unsure) and maybe even put on some on a low-glycemic diet but ive yet to try this. Excercise is fantastic for acne if done right, do low level excercise for the maximum ammount of time, but unfortunately its bad for putting on weight.

[B]Tolerance Levels[/B]
Now this part I am assuming, I have NO scientific basis for the following claim its speculation and just how I see it.

Everyone's genes determines their tolerance to high-glycemic foods,

High Glycemic Food
__________________ = Acne

Tolerance level

So for example a person with large amount of tolerance 100% can eat 100% high-glycemic foods and never get acne but if you have zero tolerance and eat 100% high-glycemic foods then you will have very severe acne, also this explains why some people get benefit from giving up pop and choc and other donít. E.g.

Assuming 0 = no spots and 15+ cystic acne.

Diet before giving up choc and pop:

100% Glycemic food
__________________ = 10-20 Acne

5-10% tolerance

Diet after giving up choc and pop

80% Glycemic food
__________________ = 8-16 Acne

5-10% tolerance

You see people with lower tolerance need to be stricter. The more you reduce the bad
foods the better it will get until are below your own personal tolerance level and have no acne. This could be anywhere from 0% tolerance too 70% tolerance (if you had above 70%+ I assume you wouldn't be on here.)

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