The Connection Between Skipping Breakfast And Acne

The Connection Between Skipping Breakfast And Acne

One thing I stress to my clients who struggle with acne (especially those with hormonal acne) is the importance of keeping your blood sugar levels regulated.

1. Increased Insulin Levels

Skipping breakfast or having irregular meals can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels drop, the body responds by releasing insulin to help regulate them. Elevated insulin levels can stimulate the production of androgens (male hormones) in the body. Androgens, particularly testosterone, can increase oil production in the skin's sebaceous glands, leading to clogged pores and acne breakouts. 

2. Impaired Skin Barrier Function

Inadequate nutrition resulting from skipping meals, especially breakfast, can compromise the skin barrier function. A weakened skin barrier is less effective at retaining moisture and protecting against external irritants and pathogens. The can make the skin more susceptible to inflammation, infection, and acne breakouts. 

3. Increased Sebum Production

Unstable blood sugar levels can disrupt hormonal balance, leading to an overproduction of sebum (skin oil). Excess sebum production can contribute to the development of acne by clogging pores and providing a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Additionally, the combination of excess oil and dead skin cells can lead to the formation of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflammatory acne lesions. 

4. Hormonal Imbalance

Skipping breakfast and irregular eating patterns can disrupt the body's hormonal balance, particularly insulin and cortisol levels. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, can increase in response to skipped meals or fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Elevated cortisol levels can contribute to acne development by stimulating sebum production and promoting inflammation in the skin. 

5. Inflammation

Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can trigger inflammatory responses in the body. When blood sugar levels spike, it can lead to the production of pro-inflammatory substances, such as cytokines and reactive oxygen species. Chronic inflammation is closely linked to the development of acne, as it can exacerbate existing lesions and contribute to the formation of new ones. 

In Summary 

Skipping breakfast and not maintaining a consistent blood sugar level can contribute to acne by increasing insulin levels, promoting inflammation, stimulating sebum production, impairing skin barrier function, and disrupting hormonal balance. To help prevent breakouts, it's important to maintain stable blood sugar levels through regular balanced meals and prioritize a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.  

Thank you for reading! 

This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by Holistic Esthetician and Acne Specialist, Taylor Gasbarro, and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Taylor, please shoot us an email, and follow her Instagram @skinbytaylor_