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Nutrition May Influence Facial Acne in Young Men

A low-glycemic diet rich in fish, fowl, whole-grain breads and fruit may help thwart outbreaks of acne vulgaris

FRIDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- A low-glycemic-load diet with sufficient protein may be effective in reducing lesions in mild to moderate facial acne in young men, according to the results of a dietary intervention study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Robyn N. Smith, from the School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues randomized male patients aged 15 to 25 who had mild-moderate facial acne for six months, to an experimental low-glycemic-load diet (25 percent energy from protein, 45 percent from low-glycemic carbohydrates and 30 percent energy from fats) or a control group given a traditional high-glycemic diet of carbohydrate-dense staples. Clinical and endocrine changes were evaluated after a 12-week period.

Researchers found the low-glycemic-load experimental group had a significant reduction in lesions at 12 weeks, compared to the control group. Reductions in weight and body fat percentage were also significantly reduced in the experimental group.

"To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate a therapeutic effect of dietary intervention on acne," the authors write. "The results of this study open the prospect that nutrition-related lifestyle factors may affect the pathogenesis of acne."

Smith receives a postgraduate scholarship from the National Meat Industry Training Council of Australia, which she states had no role in the collection, analysis or interpretation of study data. The other authors show no conflicts of interest.

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