Diet for pimply problems.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Acne (Care and treatment)
Diet (Health aspects)
Author: Cowper, Anne
Pub Date: 12/22/2006
Publication: Name: Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism Publisher: National Herbalists Association of Australia Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2006 National Herbalists Association of Australia ISSN: 1033-8330
Issue: Date: Winter, 2006 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8000141 Nutrition & Diet Programs NAICS Code: 621498 All Other Outpatient Care Centers SIC Code: 8049 Offices of health practitioners, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia
Accession Number: 174817380
Full Text: Varigos G, Smith R, Mann N. 2006. Diet medicine for a pimply problem RMIT Openline Accessed 27 October 2006.

Acne sufferers may soon be able to clear away their pimple creams thanks to ground breaking research by an Australian research team. The research team, led by Associate Professor Neil Mann from RMIT University, has discovered a solid link between acne and diet.

It is estimated that around 90% of adolescents suffer from acne and will most benefit from the diet. The diet study was based on observations in non-industrial societies where no acne existed until the teenagers start eating western foods.

Associate Professor Mann and his team spent more than two years studying metabolic changes resulting from altered glucose and insulin levels due to diet and related these to changes observed in the skin and known to cause acne. Eventually a hypothetical metabolic pathway between diet and acne was established and a dietary study designed to test the theory.

The study recruited 50 boys and divided them into two groups. One group consumed a typical teen diet of sugary snacks and processed foods, while the other followed a more natural diet higher in protein and with low GI foods such as wholegrain bread, pasta and legumes replacing the normal high GI foods such as potatoes, rice, white bread, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks and sugary snacks that elevate blood glucose levels and insulin levels so dramatically.

The study showed impressive results in just 12 weeks. The acne of the boys on the higher protein low GI diet improved dramatically by more than 50%. The authors conclude that a diet high in processed foods pushes glucose and insulin levels higher, exacerbating the problem, whereas low GI foods do the opposite.

Anne Cowper

PO Box 45, Concord West NSW 2138

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