By Richard Thomas, MD
Have you been told that you shouldn't eat chocolate because it causes acne? Or how about French fries? Pizza?
Wrong! That's just a myth, and while some foods can make acne worse for some people, researchers have found that it does not cause it!
There is recent work from Australia that suggests that high carbohydrate foods may in some people flare their acne. The theory is that chronic consumption of high carbs stimulates the excessive production of insulin so that eventually more and more insulin is needed to assist glucose into cells.
This is called insulin resistance. The higher insulin may drive the ovaries to produce more testosterone, which in turn encourages acne. This may be what is happening partly in a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.
There are a number of myths about the causes of acne and how to treat it. Here are just a few:
1. Acne is caused by sexual activity.
When you reach puberty, your body experiences