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Can Eating Carbs Give You Pimples?

Posted: February 5, 2013

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Although there is weak evidence that dairy also impacts acne, Bowe says there's still a possibility that an association may exist. While there were several flaws in the studies, "Dairy does appear to be weakly associated with acne, with the strongest association being skim milk," according to Bowe. While the exact mechanism behind this association is unclear, she suspects that hormones and growth factors in milk might play a role.

While more clinical research is needed to determine dairy's impact on acne severity, Bowe advises patients to speak with their dermatologist to determine if certain dairy products aggravate their acne. She also says patients who choose to limit dairy products should supplement their diets with appropriate levels of calcium and vitamin D. 

The doctor also offers the following tips: 

  • Watch for food triggers that may seem to aggravate acne.
  • Keep a food diary and share it with your dermatologist.  
  • Be patient. It may take up to 12 weeks of a diet change to determine if certain foods are contributing to acne. 
  • Continue following your regular acne treatment routine. Diet changes are only a small part of an acne treatment plan and are meant to be used in conjunction with proven medical therapies for acne.

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