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White rice and acne?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Hi.

Can white rice give you acne if consumed and eaten with fiber, good fats, and protein? This apparently can lower the insulin spike greatly?

Secondly, I have been paleo for three weeks coming from a vegetarian diet of mostly legumes and brown rice everyday, but my acne has gotten worse? Help!

Thanks.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on May 31, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I get annoyed when people try to reduce this issue to "just eliminate this one factor!" and your skin will be perfect! It's nice when that happens, but for most people, it's incredibly more complicated than that. It takes a lot of patience, as you must know first-hand :)

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on May 31, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Way to go, Cheryl, good for you. 10 months is a long time but I think that's how long it takes for many people with serious skin issues.

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on May 31, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I'm not saying that rice causes the breakouts, but three weeks is enough for some people, at least for the acne itself (not necessarily for the underlying inflammation).

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on May 31, 2012
at 05:00 PM

White rice cannot give you acne. That's silliness. :) But, bad hormones from too many carbs can definitely play a role in acne. Just 3 weeks ago I decided to finally try to get off my Proactiv chemical hell that I've been on for years and here I am, 100% acne free. After decades of bad skin (and eating a "healthy" SAD diet, of course). It took 10 months (and 3 tries going off Proactiv) to learn that my hormones seem to be back in check and my skin is clear. People asked me if I've had a chemical peel, etc. since I've been able to use organic skin care products. Yay me. :)

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:23 PM

And furthermore, acne flares and recedes anyway... three weeks is not enough time to make any causative conclusions.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Unless the acne suddenly got significantly worse, and rice was the only factor that changed (which we already know is not the case), I don't think we can conclude that the rice is causing the break-outs.

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:07 PM

The thing is, his acne has gotten *worse*, so he/she has seen a difference.

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D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

on May 31, 2012
at 03:04 PM

You have just changed a zillion factors in your diet. The likelihood that white rice is giving you acne (especially as you were eating brown rice before) is vanishingly small. And given that you've probably vastly lowered your carb intake from your previous diet even if you are eating rice, I don't think you need to be worrying about insulin spikes.

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E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:36 PM

1) Three weeks is not really long enough to see a difference, for most people.

2) Insulin spikes can contribute to acne but they are certainly not the only contributer. There are people on PH who eat LC and still have acne. There are people who start having skin problems after taking fish oil supplements or increasing iodine intake. There are people who get acne after eating starch or fruit or drinking coffee or alcohol. There are people who trace their acne to eggs, or nuts, or nightshades, or dairy (a huge one). So while there is a slight possibility that white rice is a trigger for you, there are many other things it could be, and even if white rice is the trigger, it might not be because of the insulin spike.

In my opinion, a reasonable serving of white rice would be very unlikely to give you acne. If you are binging on it all day long, that's one thing, but as part of a meal... it's regarded as a fairly safe starch, in general.

There are many anecdotal reports around here of people's skin showing no improvement for a few months, or even getting worse initially. I know it's frustrating, but you have to try to be patient.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on May 31, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Unless the acne suddenly got significantly worse, and rice was the only factor that changed (which we already know is not the case), I don't think we can conclude that the rice is causing the break-outs.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 31, 2012
at 03:07 PM

The thing is, his acne has gotten *worse*, so he/she has seen a difference.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on May 31, 2012
at 03:23 PM

And furthermore, acne flares and recedes anyway... three weeks is not enough time to make any causative conclusions.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I'm not saying that rice causes the breakouts, but three weeks is enough for some people, at least for the acne itself (not necessarily for the underlying inflammation).

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Hormones cause acne, and you are likely having a hormone shift. Conventional wisdom says that White Basmati has a lower glycemic impact than other types of rice, so maybe try Basmati and see if that helps. Or, just stop eating rice all together. It's too bad, though, because I LOVE Basmati, but I stay far away from it now. Damn stuff is like popcorn.

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on March 01, 2013
at 02:20 PM

I have had flushes of acne at different times as I've lost weight over 3 years with paleo. I think some of it is detoxing whatever was in that later of fat! However, high fat dairy gives me cystic acne. Especially heavy cream.

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on March 01, 2013
at 01:09 PM

I actually eat white rice w very little fat/fiber/protein PWO for the purpose of spiking insulin...my acne has only gotten better.

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on March 01, 2013
at 12:19 PM

I think acne is just genetic and hormonal activity that's it many of my friends eat and drink all types of foods like fried food etc but they have good skin so that's why I think it's genetic or hormonal activity.

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on October 16, 2012
at 12:09 PM

I think the biggest myth in paleo forums is that carbs are the problem for all ilnesses. The problem may be some type of carbs - like wheat just like some types of meat are also bad - like pork and other grain fed meats. The other myth is that insulin spikes cause insulin resistance and that insulin spikes cause acne - i know many people with diabetes and none of them have acne. Also lower blood sugar helps in acne but does not cure it - at least this is my experience. In the same time some foods like fruits cause blood sugar spikes but are soemhow helping with acne

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on August 25, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Oh there is a link!!! I avoid rice, I probably eat a small amount twice a year. When I eat rice I get tiny little under the skin bumps or small white head type spots. So for me, rice does cause inflammation. I also have problems with pasta, bread (all types of flour!) A excellent book to read is a book called 'Clear skin' by Karen Jessett. This book explains all about acid and alkaline foods and maintaining a balance. "Alkaline foods: nearly all fresh (and uncooked) fruit and vegetables. you should avoid sugar, salt, meat, dairy products, most grains, refined and simple carbohydrates (such as white flour and rice), alcohol and caffeine."

I have read the most stupidest replies on many forums where people are saying certain foods cant possibly be a reason why someone had a break out! That diet and acne are not related; for some maybe but not for others, two peices of chocolate could do it or an ice cream could cause eruptions.

*"so basically: over acidity can cause over-growth of micro-organisms that prevent your digestive system working effectively. This means toxins can get pushed pout of the skin and nutrients aren't absorbed properly. To remedy this, and help gain clear skin, you need to eat a predominatly alkaline-forming diet and heal your digestive system."

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:16 PM

rice can give you acne. eat a strict paleo diet (no dairy, no rice) with carbs about 50-70 grams a day and your acne should resolve. The bulk of calories should come from beef or lamb.

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