Every person experiences the occasional pimple, but for a teen suffering with acne, life can seem especially hard. Acne is a chronic skin condition that can leave physical and emotional scars, especially at the vulnerable time of adolescence.
For a long time, dermatologists have thought that acne is due to nothing more than an overgrowth of bacteria on the skin, but newer research is showing that there is a strong connection between diet and acne. Specifically, diets that have a high glycemic load signal the production of two biological complexes that increase the amount of sebum formed in the skin. This excessive sebum leads to more acne and more oily skin. Research is also showing that consumption of dairy products does the same thing- it increases two complexes that creates more sebum.
There are other factors that can contribute to teen acne such as hormonal imbalances and an overgrowth of bacteria in the epidermis. However, the dietary connection is strong and the benefits of a healthy diet far outreach any other therapy used for acne. Before allowing your teen to take harmful medications for this condition, it is certainly worth addressing the cause and treating the root of the problem. Teach your child that maintaining proper glucose balance through a healthy, low-glycemic and dairy free diet is essential for having healthy skin.