Studies have shown that high glycemic diet or foods that produce high levels of blood sugar can aggravate acne. These foods include breads, highly refined grains and cereals, french-fries, potato chips, cakes, pastries, dairy products, sodas and other aerated drinks etc. The more high-glycemic foods a person ingests, the higher their insulin levels rise. As the insulin levels rise, so do the sebum levels, leading to clogged pores and the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, thrive and cause the development of acne. Apart from diet, stress and hormonal imbalances are the other common acne triggers. When one is tensed, the body releases stress hormones including cortisol, which increases the oil secretion in turn causing acne. Essential fatty acids (EFA) can help your acne. Therefore include foods that are rich in essential fatty acids like sunflower, soybean, corn and flaxseed. These are available in seed forms at super markets and can be easily mixed with any food or had in the raw form. Also switch to a lower glycemic diet, which includes cereals that contain bran, barley and oats, a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits, and lots of water, herbal teas and vegetable juices. Every canteen has a choice of food and therefore it is up to you to make the right choice. If your stress condition is short-lived, then there is nothing specific that you need to do, as the phase will pass by. But if the stressors are more chronic, then you may need some anxiety relieving drugs or natural relaxation therapies.

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