I wonder if there is really a strong connection between one’s diet and acne risk. A Lot of intriguing study and acne treatments have already been done. For instance, milk consumption is presumably to increase the risk of obtaining acne. On the other hand, consumption of fish has appeared to have protective quality on acne. We as acne sufferers would like to find out the basis of such discoveries. But, I think there is nothing wrong with following some of their findings. Just be mindful which one to follow!
A diet-acne link has been something of an endless debate for years among both dermatologists and dieticians, with the public looking on with concerned gazes to find out just what does really affect their potential for acne. The conventional wisdom is that greasy foods and chocolates exacerbate acne potential, but that notion was later dispelled. Now, a recent study published implicates high-glycemic-index foods such as milk is a culprit of higher potentials.
The Italian study done by Dr. Eichenfield spotlighted 205 consecutive patients in the 10- to 24-year age range that were newly diagnosed with moderate to severe acne. The control group consisted over over 350 patients that had no or mild acne, each of which consulted a dermatologist or skin specialist for concern regarding acne. Investigators have inquired regarding family history, diet, habits, and menstrual history (where applicable).
Family history and acne emerged as strong correlatives. The history of acne in the first-degree relatives was associated with a 3.4-fold risk increase for moderate or severe acne. The drinking of milk raised possibilities by 1.8-fold if consumed more than three times per week. The risk was more pronounced in skim-milk drinkers than in whole-milk drinkers, with overall consumption being held at three servings per week minimum, and the total increased by 2.2-time in risk factor.
In contrast, those who regularly consumed fish were seen to have a 32% decrease in the likelihood of moderate to severe acne. Lowered BMI also had a protective effect, while menstrual factors and smoking factors showed little relation (if any) within the reports by Dr. Eichenfield, who is a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.
"How do I take this new information and use it in the clinic? The answer is, I don’t, because I really don’t know what the impact will be of dietary changes in my actual care of individuals with acne who come to me. But this whole issue of diet and acne is a really fascinating one," the pediatric dermatologist commented.