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Date:11/8/2007

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For the millions of Americans affected by medical skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, eating certain foods or consuming alcohol could aggravate their symptoms or trigger an unexpected flare-up. Dr. Taylor recommended that patients affected by these chronic skin conditions should be aware of certain food interactions in order to better manage their treatment regimen.

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by the foods we eat. Although numerous studies have not found a link between diet and acne, emerging research now suggests there may be a link between a low-glycemic diet and an improvement in acne. The study, "Low-Glycemic-Load Diet May Improve Acne in Young Men," published in the July 2007 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined whether male acne patients aged 15 to 25 who followed a low-glycemic diet (25 percent of energy from protein and 45 percent from low-glycemic-index carbohydrates) had a reduction in acne lesions vs. a control group that consumed a diet rich in carbohydrates.

"The study found that at 12 weeks, acne lesions had decreased more in the young men in the low-glycemic group than their counterparts in the control group whose diet had no consideration for the glycemic index," said Dr. Taylor. "This suggests that there could be a relationship between limiting carbohydrate-rich foods in acne patients' diets and an improvement in their acne, but more studies need to be done to confirm this finding before we consider any future dietary modifications for our patients."

On the other hand, some acne patients have noticed that certain foods worsen their symptoms -- particularly chocolate, greasy foods, soft drinks, peanuts or foods high in fat.

"Patients who notice a cause-effect relationship between eating certain foods and acne flare-ups should avoid those foods," said Dr. Taylor. "However, following a strict diet will not clear acne either. The best
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