Mom Was Right – Too Many Sweets Will Make Your Acne Worse

Acne vulgaris

Acne vulgaris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For years, teenagers were warned to stay away from chocolate, sugar, and fat to help keep their skin clear; but somehow in the 1960s the tide turned, and diet was no longer considered a factor in acne development. However, researchers from New York University and New York Medical College  found that diet does influence the development of acne. They concluded that glycemic load, which is the amount of carbohydrate in a food and how much each gram of that carbohydrate amount will raise blood sugar level, and a high level of dairy consumption alter  circulating hormones, binding proteins, and receptors. This results in more cells developing and an increased production of sebum, which is the oily substance the sebaceous glands produce to keep skin from becoming dry. These two factors taken together cause an increase in acne development.

The researchers formed their observation as a result of reviewing  studies conducted between 1960 and 2012 that examined diet’s effect on acne. They found that “the evidence is more convincing for high glycemic load diets, compared with other dietary factors”. In addition, there were no existing studies that analyzed the relationship between frequent dairy consumption and acne, and there were only a few studies analyzing the relationship between acne and dietary fat and/or omega-3 fatty acids.

Their recommendation was, “While dermatologists and registered dietitians continue to debate and research the potential relationship between diet and acne, the best dietary approach is to address each acne patient individually, carefully considering the possibility of dietary counseling.”



~ by chasm63 on February 20, 2013.

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