The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Is there a diet-acne connection?

    Drs. Jonette Keri and Rajiv Nijhawan from the University of Miami in Florida have reviewed the evidence.

    Here are the highlights.

    Does diet affect acne?

    • The landmark studies of chocolate and Coca Cola reported no effect on acne.
    • And studies in ethnic groups who do not get acne are problematic because of the inability to distinguish between diet and genetics.
    • Researchers have tried to establish a connection between diet and androgens, insulin, and IGF-1 (aka insulin-like growth factor, which plays a role in growth and has anabolic effects in adults).
      • But there are no studies on their effects in people with acne.

    Milk and acne

    • There are several characteristic of milk that might predispose to acne.
      • An association with increased IGF-1
      • Hormones that might stimulate pimples
      • Other compounds that might affect skin pores and lead to acne
      • Iodine in milk, which might exacerbate acne
    • 2 studies made a correlation between acne and the effects of milk and skim milk.
      • But the studies had design flaws: one retrospective, the other relied on a questionnaire.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that although increasing evidence suggests that diet might contribute to the development of acne, more study is needed to confirm its role.

    9/28/08 15:50 JR

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