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teenage acneI have always felt that what you eat can affect your skin, especially in the case of acne. Dermatologists now think there is a link between diet and acne.  Where have they been?  This is a no brainer!

An article entitled, Diet and Acne published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology by Dr. Whitney Bowe says studies show that a low-glycemic index diet may improve acne.  Diets high in sugar can also have an effect on growth and sex hormones.  This can have a tremendous effect on teens who love carbs (white bread, pizza, pasta, French fries, chips, lattes, sugary cereal and sugary/caffeinated drinks).

Introduce low glycemic foods into the diet such as multi-grain bread, peanuts, vegetables and beans.  Also limit the intake of dairy because it can sit in the gut, grow bacteria and become a pore clogger.  When implementing nutritional changes, remember it may take 3-4 weeks for the body to adapt to a new diet.  There may be more breakouts during the transition, this is normal because the body is trying to get rid of toxins.

To read more on this topic, click on the following links:

Adebarnowo, CA, Speigelman, D., Danby, FW, Frazier, AL, Willett, WC & Holmes, MD. (2005, February). Journal of American Academy of Dermatology “High school dietary intake and teen age acne”. Retrieved, February 6, 2013, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih/gov/pubmed/15692464

Bowe, W. P., Joshi, S.S. & Shalita, A.R. (2010, July). Journal of American Academy of Dermatology “Diet and Acne”. Retrieved, February 6, 2013, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih/gov/pubmed/20338665

Bowers, Jan. (2012). Dermatology World “Diet and Acne”. Retrieved February 6, 2013, from http://www.aad.org/dermatology-world/monthly-archives/2012/acne/diet-and-acne

Ferdowsian, HR & Levin S. (2010, March). Journal of American Academy of Dermatology “Does diet really affect acne?”. Retrieved February 6, 2013, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih/gov/pubmed/20361171