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DOES DIET REALLY AFFECT ACNE?
By: Dr. Naila Malik Acne Vulgaris affects over 17 million American teens and adults. More than 80 percent of all adolescents have some degree of acne. Acne is a chronic skin condition, with widely varied outcomes in spite of consistent medically supervised treatment. In our office, all acne treatments are combined with counseling on lifestyle modifications as part of a medical treatment plan. The effect of a few small changes in diet, daily skin care and stress management is profound on long term management of acne. How does acne start? Acne starts with excess oil production that leads to the obstruction of sebaceous glands and hair follicles (open and closed comedones). Overgrowth of bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) can lead to the classic, red, painful, pus filled acne lesion. Dairy products and acne: Westernized diet, characterized by an increased consumption of soda, beef, dairy products, and processed foods, has been associated with an increase in risk and severity of acne, as observed in migration studies. In one study, girls were approximately 20 percent more likely to experience severe acne if they had two or more servings of milk per day, compared with girls who had one or less serving of milk per week. Boys were approximately 16 percent more likely to have severe acne if they had two or more servings of milk per day, compared with boys who consumed one or less serving of milk per week. High-glycemic-index foods and acne There is virtually no acne in Papua New Guinea and Paraguay. It is speculated the low fat, low sugar (low glycemic) diet is the reason. Another study supported the findings that low-glycemic diets influence hormonal levels, as well as, improve insulin sensitivity and acne. Fat and acne Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory and may be associated with an increase in inflammatory acne. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and may have a role in decreasing acne inflammation. Western diets tend to have a low ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Bottom line, aim for moderate intake of good fats. Chocolate Studies show chocolate without dairy, sugar and fat does not cause increase in risk or severity of acne. Conclusion
- Dairy, high glycemic foods increase risk and severity of acne.
- Moderate amounts of “good fats” may reduce inflammatory acne.
- Chocolate by itself (without dairy, sugar or saturated fats) does not make acne worse!
- No study has established a positive association between acne and chocolate, saturated fat or salt.
I have observed that my acne patients who follow the lifestyle guidelines in addition to our clinical treatments have a better long term outcome than the ones who do not. The two types of foods to avoid are dairy (all dairy, including organic milk) and high glycemic carbohydrates. Additionally, moderating saturated fat intake helps control acne as well. Acne is a frustrating, chronic skin condition. We have been able to get excellent results in most of our patients with clinical treatments alongside lifestyle modification. In our practice, this approach lessens the need for long-term prescription medication use. ABOUT DR.MALIK Dr. Malik received her 3 year residency training in Family Practice at Grant Medical Center, Columbus Ohio. She received honors and academic excellence in many clinical rotations throughout her training. She practiced Family Medicine for a number of years before deciding to limit her practice to the areas of medcine that intrigue her the most, Medical Weight loss and Skin care! Dr. Malik is an active member of American Academy of Antiaging and Regenerative Medicine. To stay abreast in the ever changing field of anti aging and cosmetic Medcine, she regularly partcipates in educational seminars. She contributes patient education material to Nationally known magazines (Elle, Fitness, Woman’s world, More, Self ), educational websites (WebMD, inwithskin ) and her blog www.texascosmeticdermatology.com. She has a passion for healthy living and a wholesome approach to skin and fitness issues.