What you need to know about diet and acne.

acne Dec 03, 2020

Acne is a skin condition characterised by inflammation of the skin, rashes, and lesions.


It typically occurs on parts of the body that produce oil, like the face, back and neck. Adolescents are the general sufferers, but this is now extending into adulthood. If acne is severe, it can lead to permanent scarring of the skin, as well as emotional distress.


So, what causes acne?

  • Genetic predisposition.
  • Hormonal fluctuations. This specifically relates to teenagers, pregnant woman, premenopausal women and those using birth control.
  • Diet. Evidence shows that dairy-containing or fatty foods may increase the risk of acne.


In terms of diet, acne is most associated with dairy-containing foods. This is because there is an amino acid called leucine, which is found in dairy-rich foods and can trigger acne. Leucine is also excellent for muscle building and is generally found in protein powders, specifically whey-based protein powders. Hence, why we see acne in a lot of...

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