Meat & Poultry
Broccoli(90); Onions(82); Corn(45)
; Cheddar cheese(27) ; Cottage cheese(5); Milk(11);
(8); Iodized Salt(54); Potato chips(40); Tortilla chips(80); White bread(8)
Now, with a list like that,
who would deny that food is an aggravating factor for acne?
2. Medications causing acne.
In addition to
iodides, the following drugs can either cause or exacerbate acne(list not
Corticosteroids (both systemic and local)
oral contraceptive pills
like Ovral, Loestrin, Norlestrin, and Norinyl etc increase acne formation,
while some, like Diane 35 are used to treat certain types of hormone induced
do these support the “acne-food” theory?
The fact that there are
many medications which influence acne can be related to the food-acne scenario
is absorbed and utilized by our body exactly in the same way it metabolizes
oral medications. In other words, food is no different from any other
drugs (treats hunger?) which can have both positive and negative effects on the
body and its organs including skin! Now, my question is this, if certain
medications can affect acne by worsening or improving it, why can’t food
affect acne? Is there any rationale or proof to counter this deduction derived
from pure common sense?
medications used to treat diseases in the cattle are found in varying amounts
in their yields: the milk and the meat. If such medications can worsen acne,
it follows that milk/meat consumption could affect acne adversely!
steroids are used (as injectables and in feeds) to increase the mass and bulk
of meat and poultry . Naturally varying levels of these hormones are found in
the final diary and butchery/poultry products . Steroids, both anabolic and
corticosteroids, are known to induce and exacerbate acneiform eruptions, not
only on the face, but also on the back and front of the trunk. So wouldn’t
such diary, meat and poultry trigger acne eruption? Unless of course, we can
prove that all such medications are completely destroyed during the
pasteurization (milk) and cooking processes, which is highly unlikely!
3. Acne, Vitamins and
A number of studies have
proven the beneficial effects of some vitamins and minerals on acne. These are
Vitamin A, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium and Essential Fatty Acids(Omega 3). There
are many food items which contain these vitamins and trace elements. Though
the amount of these molecules to produce any clinical changes may be high, who
can refute the possibility that even the minute amount(s) present do not
There are conflicting
reports on B Complex Vitamins and Vitamin E , some studies finding a positive
effect on acne while others noting that high amounts of these vitamins
actually worsen the acne eruptions.
Does Food Aggravate Acne?
The Journal Scan