Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Foods That Can Cause Acne


Acne is a common skin condition that affects nearly 10% of the world’s population. Many factors contribute to the development of acne, including sebum and keratin production, acne-causing bacteria, hormones, blocked pores and inflammation.

The link between diet and acne has been controversial, but recent research shows that diet can play a significant role in acne development.


Refined Grains and Sugars

People with acne tend to consume more refined carbohydrates than people with little or no acne.

Foods rich in refined carbohydrate include:

  • Bread, crackers, cereal or desserts made with white flour
  • Pasta made with white flour
  • White rice and rice noodles
  • Sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Sweeteners like cane sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave

Refined carbohydrates are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, which rapidly raises blood sugar levels. When blood sugars rise, insulin levels also rise to help shuttle the blood sugars out of the bloodstream and into your cells.

However, high levels of insulin are not good for those with acne.

Diary Products

Two studies also found that young adults who regularly consumed milk or ice cream were four times more likely to suffer from acne. Frequently consuming dairy products is linked to increased acne severity, but it is uncertain whether there is a cause and effect relationship.

Fast Food

Acne is strongly associated with eating a Western-style diet rich in calories, fat and refined carbohydrates. 

Fast food items, such as burgers, nuggets, hot dogs, french fries, sodas and milkshakes, are mainstays of a typical Western diet and may increase acne risk.

Chocolate

Chocolate has been a suspected acne trigger since the 1920s, but so far, no consensus has been reached.

Several informal surveys have linked eating chocolate with an increased risk of developing acne, but this is not enough to prove that chocolate causes acne.


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