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Whole Grains for Clearer Skin

Whole Grains for Clearer Skin

Wrinkles and pimples? It just doesn't seem fair.

If you've tried cleansers, astringents and toners, but those stubborn red bumps are like nosy neighbors that just won't go away, here's something else to try: whole-grain cereal for breakfast.

Curb the carbs
Reduced insulin sensitivity may be linked to pimple-producing hormones. That's why eating a diet with a lower glycemic load (we're talking more lean meats and fish, more low-fat dairy, more whole grains and fewer refined carbs) may help control acne—it helps improve your sensitivity to insulin. (Read how fiber-rich foods can help stave off insulin resistance.)

That was the result when a group of men opted for more protein, whole grains and fruit in a recent study. Their skin was clearer after just 12 weeks.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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