How is Acne development related to the food habits?
•August 2nd, 2018•0 Comments•250 Views•
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What we eat has a direct impact on our overall health, so naturally, we assume it might also play a role in acne development.
Although earlier studies did not find any link between the two, current research has changed our perspective on how our diet influences our skin health. But this does not mean that diet alone will be the cause for acne.
Other factors such as air pollution, stress, and hormones may also play a role in acne development.
Nevertheless, changing your dietary habits may help with acne and here is the reason behind it.
Effect of food on acne:
The acne is a result of excessive sebum production and cell proliferation, combined with bacteria overgrowth, and hormones.
However, what makes our skin behave like this was mostly unknown. For this reason, acne treatments relied on topical remedies such as antibacterial lotions, exfoliators, and retinoid creams while oral antibiotics were prescribed in extreme cases of acne.
Dermatologists ignored the role of food in the development of acne as most studies either did not find the link between the two or were inconclusive.
Furthermore, in 2007, the American Academy of Dermatology published guidelines for the management of acne and clearly stated that calorie restriction and avoidance of certain foods had no effect on acne.
But in their newest guidelines published just a few months ago, by the American Academy of Dermatology has changed their view on the role of food in acne due to recent findings.
Their number one recommendation is reducing your glycemic load as this was associated with acne in numerous studies such as the one on Malaysian young adults published in BMC Dermatology.
The study at hand found that those who reported eating more milk and ice cream were more likely to suffer from acne.
Furthermore, epidemiological studies also point out the fact that teenage acne is a universal occurrence in Western societies affecting up to 95% of adolescents.