It used to be a rite of passage into adulthood – the pimple faced high school years that some of us would be happy to forget. Thankfully, we’re grown up now and our faces have cleared up.
Except for the fact that in recent years, acne prevalence amongst adults is on the rise.
We all know the food we eat impacts our well being, as well as our facial complexion. Each individual has her particular foods to stay away from because they either affect her or a friend. But what does the science say?
A literature review by scientists at HONEI (Humber Obesity Nutrition Education and Innovation) at the University of Hull assesses the latest evidence and comes to a conclusion some of you may already be familiar with:
- High glycemic foods may exacerbate skin conditions.
- Milk (but not cheese or yogurt) is singled out in the review as a contributor to acne (Though it is not extremely high in glycemic index [27-40] compared to refined carbs.)
The scientists conclude:
“The research review suggests a low glycemic index diet but also a healthy diet, rich in fruit and vegetables, can have a protective effect on acne. Further research is needed to fully understand the role diet plays in acne in specific populations.”
Sounds like advice grandma could have given.
What’s your experience with acne and food? Any miracles you’d like to share with the community?