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Posted on October 8, 2019

Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond on How Too Much Sugar May Be Bad for the Outside of Your Body Too

Besides causing issues like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, a new study suggests that a diet high in sugar could also be bad for your skin.

Researchers in Europe conducted a study of people in that continent, along with North and South America, and found correlations between people with acne and a high consumption of dairy products, sugary drinks like juices and sodas, and sweets like pastries and chocolate.

Around 50 percent of those with acne also reported these factors in their diet. 

One of the doctors who authored the study said that proteins found in dairy can affect the generic information in the skin, which can lead to an increase in oil production. That is one factor that usually leads to acne developing. 

Dairy also contains lactose, which is a form of sugar. Sugar has been found to also cause inflammation that can cause acne. Doctors also believe that high insulin production is also linked to acne outbreaks.

Can Certain Foods Prevent an Acne Outbreak?

Switching to non-dairy sources of milk (like almond or coconut) will eliminate lactose, so that should help if your outbreaks are dairy or sugar related.

Doctors also recommend foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids, as they help with inflammation. Foods like salmon, walnuts, soybeans, and flax seeds are great sources of Omega 3.

Something Else May Be to Blame

You will want to discuss a sudden acne outbreak with your doctor or dermatologist. Besides your diet, it could be caused by something seasonal, from skin care products, or it could be a symptom of an underlying condition.

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