Sugars and Acne Breakouts

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    Mar 08, 2009 9:35 AM GMT
    So, recently I have been occasionally drinking a bottled Cranberry Lemonade that contains Organic Agave. I noticed that my acne has flared up after being under control for a while now...

    Acne-prone skin (or perhaps a sugar/food allergy) must run in my family because my uncle is 75 and he still suffers from pimples. Seems like sugars- whether it is agave, evaporated cane juice, or fructose- all induce acne breakouts for me.

    What is everyone else's experience with acne and different types of sugars?

    And, by the way- both lemon juice and lime juice directly on my blemishes has been an effective home remedy.


    Joe
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    The role of sugar in acne has always been controversial. However the pendulum in science is swinging in the direction that high glycemic diets worsen acne. There are many articles on the web about acne and sugar, most are not of high quality. I was able to find a legitimate article in the New York Times.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/24/health/24real.html
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    Mar 08, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    I think real acne is caused by overly oily skin / hormones and clogged pores. I don't know if sugar could really cause that. All sugars and carbs break down to blood glucose I think.

    My remedy for acne (yeah I get a pimple still every once in a while) is 25k IU of beta carotene once or twice a day during the flare up. Or a small glass of carrot juice once a day.

    Ah! I see the article adresses this (hormones and oil)
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/24/health/24real.html?_r=1Foods that have a high glycemic index — and as a result raise glucose levels rapidly — cause the body to release a flood of insulin and other hormones, which some scientists suspect can stimulate oil production and inflame the skin.
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    At the end of the study, published in 2007, the subjects on the low-glycemic diet had far greater reductions in skin lesions and other symptoms of acne than the control group. They also showed reductions in their levels of free, circulating androgens, the male hormones known to cause acne, suggesting that hormones played a role.
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    Mar 08, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
    i have oily, very acne prone skin, and haven't noticed a relationship between food and breakouts in regards to sugars, but i have with regards to really greasy, preservative filled foods. i never eat fast food, but if, maybe once or twice a year, its forced on me during a long road trip, i get sick afterwards and my skin reacts. for me though, my acne only ever really becomes an issue when i'm under a lot of stress. (which is usually, in my major, but things are relative so i've come to master much of it). perhaps you're dealing with more stress than you know right now, consciously? or maybe your belief in the sugar causing acne is causing those results to manifest? the worry and guilt there would have the same effect as stress.

    just eat well, exercise, and use good face care products. and never touch your face unless there's a cleanser or moisturizer on your hands. that's the best you can do.
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    Mar 08, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    I never get acne. I eat slobbishly from time to time, sweat profusely when I work out, always touching my face and yet I have no acne.

    Hmm beats me, must've got the lucky gene.
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    Mar 08, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    GNR7600 saidI never get acne. I eat slobbishly from time to time, sweat profusely when I work out, always touching my face and yet I have no acne.

    Hmm beats me, must've got the lucky gene.



    You are right. I have a friend who just eats junk, including lots of sugared food, and I've never seen a pimple on his face.

    Some people may eat right and fix their acne, but some may not. If you know your genes are bad, food control will not be enough, and you will have to go for more expensive solutions. I know a woman with bad genes that in spite of all her care, she has to do one facial peeling per year.