New Research Reveals Foods That Cause Acne

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Foods That Cause Acne

Health tips – Considering that acne is virtually unheard of in non-westernized countries, and in developed countries, nearly all 15 to 17-year-olds suffer from annoying skin blemishes.  Acne, which includes blackhead, whiteheads or pimples at the surface of the skin can be mild to severe. For many women, acne can occur in their  20s, 30s, and 40s, often due to hormones.

While dermatologists previously dismissed any connection between diet and acne, up to 72% of sufferers believe that their diet is related to their condition. Now, new research suggests that this is a correlation between specific foods and types of diets and increased incidence of skin breakouts. One study, recently reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that among 248 subjects aged 18 to 25 living in NYC, those who had moderate or severe acne also had diets with higher amounts of potential triggers including sugar, high Glycemic Index foods, saturated fats, trans fats, and dairy foods. Those with the worst acne also ate fewer servings of fish and seafood.  And in another study, nearly 90% of those following a the low carbohydrate South Beach Diet, reported improvement in acne while on the diet.

While it’s still too soon to fully understand how specific foods or food patterns can trigger acne, but the thought is that acne is related to systemic inflammation and elevated insulin levels, and insulin growth factor. These foods are known to increase inflammatory markers and dairy foods are linked to insuin groth factor-1.  On the other hand, foods like fish and seafood, are known to temper inflammation.

 What to Eat for Healthier Skin

To reduce the risk for breakouts, a good idea is to eat a diet rich in low glycemic foods, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  If you really want to test if carbohydrates are linked to your outbreaks, follow a Paleo-style diet that’s rich in protein and low glycemic carbs for 3-4 weeks and see if your skin is clearer. Everyone should also follow the American Heart Association’s  and World Health Organization’s advice to keep added sugars to a minimum. Using dairy alternatives can also eliminate the casein and whey protein that may be aggravating your skin too. Eating fish and seafood twice a week is also recommended for your heart’s health, and may help temper inflammation. (appforhealth)

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