• A new study revealed the link between chocolates,  dairy,  sugary foods, and acne
  • Researchers stated that one reason for this is a high glycemic-load diet
  • The resulting oxidative stress and inflammation lead to the acne breakouts 

Those who love chocolates, dairy, sweets, and other fatty foods may have to say goodbye to them or limit their consumption if they are suffering from acne. A new study has found the link between acne breakouts and the consumption of sugary drinks, milk, and fatty foods. The findings of the research were published Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology.

Eating Patterns And Acne

American Academy of Dermatology spokesperson and board certified-dermatologist Dr. Rajani Katta underscored the importance of the study. She said the findings add to the body of evidence that shows certain eating patterns may be a factor in acne breakouts for some individuals. While Dr. Katta is not involved in the new study, she supports its findings.

The new research established a strong association between consumption of acne and sugary and fatty foods. “Sugary beverages and milk were also associated with current acne in adults, although the link was less robust,” Dr. Katta said.

study shows link between dairy, chocolates, sugary foods and acne
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Independent Association

The study, which involved almost 25,000 French adults and began in May of 2009, observed the diets of participants over a 24-hour cycle on three different occasions in November 2018. The process was repeated after six months. After adjusting for age, physical activity, sex (which includes pregnancy and menopause status), depression, educational level, weight, diabetes, and other ailments, researchers concluded that consumption of milk, fatty foods, and sugary beverages, including sports drinks, were independently associated with acne breakouts.

According to the research, one reason for this association may be a high glycemic-load diet, causing levels of hormones, insulin, and other chemicals to rise. This results in oxidative stress and inflammation, leading to the development of acne.

A Changing View

Dr. Katta said this new study forms part of a growing body of researches that is changing the views of dermatologists on sugar, chocolate, and acne. “Our current thinking on the role of diet and acne has really undergone a significant shift in the last decade and a half,” she noted.

In the past, when patients inquire about the relationship between acne and food, a lot of dermatologists would say it is not an important factor. This previous notion is primarily based on studies during the 60s, which compared sugary chocolate bars to other sugary foods and found no changes in the participants’ acne condition. With the new study, this view is gradually changing.