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Eating too much bread may trigger acne in teenagers.

Scientists in the United States believe the refined grain and sugar in some bread can cause high levels of insulin.

Previous studies have suggested that too much insulin can cause acne.

Dermatologists will tell you they have put patients on low-carbohydrate diets and seen improvements

Neil Mann, RMIT University Melbourne

The finding appears to back up claims that low-carbohydrate diets can help to reduce acne in some people.

Loren Cordain and colleagues at Colorado State University have suggested that because refined bread is easy to digest it leads to a surge in insulin and an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1.

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This in turn leads to an excess of male hormones, which encourage the skin to excrete large amounts of sebum.

This grease-like substance encourages the growth of bacteria responsible for acne.

The scientists believe the modern Western diet is to blame.

Up to 60% of 12-year-olds and 95% of 18-year-olds suffer from acne.

But in a study to be published in the journal Archives of Dermatology, they point to a lack of acne among teenagers living in other parts of the world, where food is largely unprocessed.

They cite the examples of the Kitava Islanders in Papau New Guinea and the Ache of the Amazon, where acne is almost unknown.

"The only foods available to these populations are minimally processed foods," Ms Cordain told New Scientist magazine.

They also point to the experience of the Inuit people of Alaska. Acne only appeared when people there starting eating a Western diet.

Scientists in Australia are planning a major study to see if eating a low-carbohydrate diet can reduce the incidence of acne.

Researchers at the RMIT University in Melbourne are planning to test the theory on 60 teenage boys over three months.

It will be one of the first controlled studies to examine the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on acne.

"There's a lot of anecdotal evidence," Neil Mann, one of the researchers told New Scientist magazine.

"Dermatologists will tell you they have put patients on low-carbohydrate diets and seen improvements. This will be the first controlled study."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2542801.stm

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I'm trying to stop consuming all processed foods now. I was at the store this morning and everywhere I looked processed junk. I realized what I've read that processed things are bad for you is right, chickens and cows are injected with artificial hormones and whatnot. I mean when my parents lived in Vietnam, they didn't have processed food, all the food they ate were all natural.. if the problem lies withing heredity, the reason I get acne is because my body isn't adapt to eating all this processed stuff. The world is too processed now, and I used to think why am I getting so much acne.. while I was still eating fast food and using cleansers..

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I think it's more genetic though.

In Japan, everyone eats so many processed breads and other foods, but almost no one has acne.

Yes but a lot of Asians are born to genetic predispositions pertaining to digestive ailments (Ulcers, Polys, etc)... They also have a high prevalence of type 2 diabetes

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I'm trying to stop consuming all processed foods now. I was at the store this morning and everywhere I looked processed junk. I realized what I've read that processed things are bad for you is right, chickens and cows are injected with artificial hormones and whatnot.

And they are fed the wrong food and kept in unhealthy conditions making them unhealthy so they have to be injected with more antibiotics, all of which make them unhealthy for us.

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I think it's more genetic though.

In Japan, everyone eats so many processed breads and other foods, but almost no one has acne.

Do you live in Japan? Can you give any insight into what the Japanese diet is like?

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I think it's more genetic though.

In Japan, everyone eats so many processed breads and other foods, but almost no one has acne.

cause japan sells only the highest quality for themselves

the lower ones are for export

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I think it's more genetic though.

In Japan, everyone eats so many processed breads and other foods, but almost no one has acne.

cause japan sells only the highest quality for themselves

the lower ones are for export

Processed foods are processed foods

I think it's more genetic though.

In Japan, everyone eats so many processed breads and other foods, but almost no one has acne.

Yes but a lot of Asians are born to genetic predispositions pertaining to digestive ailments (Ulcers, Polys, etc)... They also have a high prevalence of type 2 diabetes

What does that have to do with acne?

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