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New Research: Acne Sufferers and Sugar

January 21, 2014 by Works with Water

A study just published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows acne sufferers eat more sugar and junk food than people with clear skin.

Dr. Jennifer Burris and colleagues from Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, & Public Health and New York University polled young adults (248 people aged between 18 and 25) of their dietary habits and acne severity.

The participants were classified into 3 groups based on their acne severity: no acne, mild acne and moderate/severe acne. The most shocking finding is the difference in total and added sugar intake. While people with mild acne eat little bit more sugar than people with clear skin, people with moderate to severe acne eat almost 4 and 3 times more sugar than people with no or mild acne, respectively.

The vast majority of sugar is added sugar, which moderate to severe acne sufferers eat on average 156 g per day. 156 grams of sugar translates to almost 13 tablespoons. Knowing what we know of the relationship between sugar and acne it’s no surprise these people have skin problems.

The moderate/severe acne group also consumes over 3 times more transfats than the other groups. This probably means they eat quite a bit more junk and processed foods.  Whilst these study results used self-reported values to assess dietary intake it may be worth any acne sufferer looking at their intake of sugar and transfats to see if there is a link. A month of cutting these out of the diet will certainly show if they are the culprit for severe skin breakouts.

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