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Acne and obesity: Does being overweight cause acne?

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Several studies have found that being overweight can increase the risk of having acne. Diet appears to be linked to acne, so it is not surprising that the food you eat can have an impact on your skin. A study published in Dermato-Endocrinology mentions that low-glycemic diets may help reduce the risk of acne, and researchers recommend that more time be devoted to this topic.


Acne and weight

The stereotypical teenage diet of pizza, potato chips, candy, chocolate and greasy foods is often blamed for acne. However, researchers know that diet is not the only reason a teenager may see more pimples. Hormones, hygiene, stress, pollution and other factors play a role. Nevertheless, diet should not be ignored, and it is important to consider its impact on the skin.

It is important to note that not everyone who is overweight experiences acne problems. However, researchers mention that diet does affect the skin. For examples, some studies show that if you are not getting enough omega-3s, then this can have a negative impact on your skin. In addition, there appears to be a link between food with high levels of sugar and junk food to acne problems.

A study published in JAMA Dermatology shows that teenagers who were overweight were also more likely to have acne issues. A higher body mass index (BMI) appears to be linked to acne. Others studies indicate that having too many androgens in the body may affect acne.

Solutions that work

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Although more research is needed in this area, a low-glycemic diet may help some people reduce their acne. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition mentions that acne vulgaris patients in a randomized controlled trial benefited from a low-glycemic diet. Compared to the control group that ate carbohydrate-dense foods, the patients on the low-glycemic diet had fewer acne lesions.

In addition, other solutions are available to help people who are struggling with acne, including over-the-counter products. However, recent Proactiv reviews reveal that even popular topical treatments do not work for all acne sufferers. It is important to do your own research and talk with a dermatologist to find a product that is most suitable for your skin type and condition.

Finding the right combination

It appears that a treatment plan that includes diet, anti-acne products and lifestyle changes can benefit those who are dealing with acne. Each plan has to be customized to fit individual needs. However, research points to the importance of looking at multiple factors, and this includes weight. Dietary changes such as increasing the amount of omega-3s while decreasing the amount of sugar can help.

In addition, the usual advice about eating more fruits and vegetables is important. A diet that is filled with fresh, healthy food provides nutrients that are essential for healthy skin. Research indicates that reducing inflammation in the body can help fight acne and other problems. Furthermore, stress exacerbates hormone issues and makes acne more likely, so relaxation techniques can help.

Some medical experts believe that reducing or eliminating dairy may help fight acne. Additionally, it is clear that high-carbohydrate foods such as white bread or candy are harmful to the skin and the entire body. You can start by eliminating these foods, but it is important to discuss them with your doctor. Your doctor may offer alternatives and help you put together a diet plan that works for you.

Acne does not have to be a life sentence, and you can fight it. A combination of diet changes with medication or over-the-counter products can help you reduce acne. Your skin will return to a normal and healthy glow, and you will be able to stop wearing hats or caps that hide the acne on your face.