In addition to commonly affecting teenagers, acne occurs in approximately 50% of women between the ages of 20 and 30, 25% of women 30 to 40, and 12% of women 40 to 50. While genetics play a major role, other factors including hormonal irregularities, skin care products, and stress may also be involved. We are often asked about the role of diet in promoting this condition.
Recent studies support the following:
- Minimize foods/drinks high in refined carbohydrates, ie, candy, cakes, white bread, potatoes, white rice, and soft drinks. When consumed in large quantities, these high glycemic index products* cause sugar and insulin levels to surge, leading to elevation of androgen hormones that stimulate pathways that cause acne. *For detailed information on glycemic index visit: nutritiondata.self.com
- While studies are less convincing than with refined carbohydrates, milk may be an aggravating factor for some individuals. The mechanism isn’t clear but might be due to the presence of acne promoting hormones or whey protein present in milk. More studies need to be done before a definitive recommendation can be made regarding eliminating milk from one’s diet.
While dietary changes may help, prescription medications are often required to adequately treat acne. The physicians at Dermatology Associates Medical Group have expertise in treating acne and other conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.