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Acne Treatment News: New Review Says Diet May Cause Acne Breakouts

According to a new study, an unhealthy diet may indeed be to blame for your acne breakouts. It's long been chalked up as a myth that eating fatty, greasy foods was bad for your skin, but it turns out that the myth could actually be true. A new review published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that daily diets high in processed carbohydrates and dairy can lead to acne breakouts. So a healthy diet may actually be the best acne treatment of all. The reason why diet-as-acne-culprit has been thought of as a falsity all of these years is because of a study done in 1969 on the effects of chocolate on acne. A group of 30 teenagers and 35 male young adult prisoners, all with mild to moderate acne, were given either a bar of milk chocolate or a placebo bar for three weeks, after which time the groups switched. The results showed no evidence that the bar of chocolate caused acne any more than the placebo bar. Both bars, however, had the same nutritional content, ruling out any way to make a fair comparison. The authors of the review then took a look at the studies on diet and acne published since that 1969 study and found that there may indeed be a relation to unhealthy eating and bad skin.  The new research has linked high-glycemic foods (those overly processed, high-carbohydrate foods) as well as dairy to acne breakouts. High glycemic foods can cause a surge in insulin levels, leading to inflammation in the body and to a surge in other hormones that can lead to sebum production and pimples. Bottom Line: Following a healthy diet full of low-glycemic fruits, veggies and whole grains is not only good for your skin, but also good for your whole body
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