Do you get pimples from sugar?
Generally, it's recognized that acne may be promoted by certain
dietary factors. Dairy products and high glycemic foods may play a
role in aggravating acne.
Some speculatory evidence has suggested that some component of
western lifestyles, possibly diet, might be responsible for higher
rates of acne. An article from the American Medical Association
observed of more than 1000 Pacific islanders living their
traditional lifestyles and found no cases of acne. Given that
similar islanders who adopt western diets do develop a reasonable
percentage of acne, the author's concluded that genetics alone
could not explain the differences observed and that a western,
high-glycemic diet may play a role in promoting acne
Another study from the Journal of the American Academy of
Dermatology found that high milk consumption amongst women was
significantly correlated with acne rates. It's important to realize
that just because two things are related doesn't necessarily mean
that one causes another, however this relationship is still
Clearly, not all individuals who consume high-glycemic diet or a
large number of dairy products suffer from acne. Acne is a complex
condition, contributed to and caused by a number of factors, such
as hormones, stress, genetics and skin type. If you do suffer from
acne, keep a log of what you're eating, and see if changing for a
week does improve your skin.