Study Shows Certain Foods in Diet Can Increase Conditions of Acne

acne and dietAcne is a very common skin condition that plagues young adults in the midst of the transition from puberty to adulthood, however acne cases are also becoming more  prevalent in adults as statistics show that reports of adults suffering from acne are steadily increasing.

Not only is acne unsightly and undesirable, but reports have indicated that people who suffer from acne are affected emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Some experts have compared these affects to those associated with chronic health issues such as psoriasis, arthritis, and epilepsy.

Until now the causes of acne have been theorized and chalked up to eating certain foods, hygiene practices, heredity, and more, but they have never proven any causes with certainty.  A new study shows what skincare experts have assumed for years- that consuming certain foods in one’s diet can have an impact on the likelihood of acne break-outs occurring.

The University of Hull has performed a recent study that demonstrates a strong association  among break outs of acne that coincide when certain foods are consumed in an individual’s diet.

One of the main researcher’s on this study, Dr Katerina Steventon states in lieu of the studies findings,

“There is growing evidence of the link between diet and acne which is becoming stronger as new evidence comes to light, although nothing has been fully proven yet, it is only a matter of time.”

Although the consumption of greasy foods along with junk foods have been blamed for years for causing acne in people, the latest study on a diet’s influence on acne published in the journal Dermatological Nursing demonstrates that those individual’s that consume more diary products and foods that are considered high on the glycemic index are more prone to suffer from the an acne related skin condition.

Not only did a through review of this study suggest that a diet rich in low glycemic index foods with minimal dairy products can help people decrease their occurrence of acne related skin conditions, but also consuming an overall healthy diet including vegetables and fruits can be preventative in nature for people who are more prone to breakouts of acne.

More research is necessary to make definitive conclusions as to the way that certain foods affect the prevalence of acne in adults and teenagers. The University of Hull reports that they will be conducting more studies and research to examine  the relation with diet and acne in a more detailed manner.


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Written by Heidi Shepard

Heidi was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. At a very young age she discovered her passion for writing, and graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a major in journalism and minor in Nursing. She is a licensed RN part-time and also works full-time writing for various local health journals and papers. She is a definite asset to Newhealthalert. Not only does her experience and passion show through her keen writing, but her expertise in the medical field enables her to capture the best news topics and subjects found in the health niche.

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