Students find potential causes and ways to control acne breakouts

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States, affecting at least 50 million people every year.

Acne usually occurs during puberty and usually affects adolescents and young adults. Acne can be caused by  factors such as overactive oil glands, hormones, emotional stress and foods with a high glycemic load as well as sweets.

In a non-scientific Spartan Newsroom poll of 70 people on Twitter, 44 percent between the ages of 16-26 stated they thought eating greasy food, sweets or drinking soda caused an acne breakout every time they digested these foods. Nine percent said their diet does not cause an acne breakout and 47 percent reported that sometimes it does.

Sarah Bradford, 18, from Southfield, Michigan, is one of those people who watches what she eats due to acne breakouts from particular foods. Bradford describes her skin as over-sensitive and unpredictable.

“Whenever I eat fried chicken for example, I break out immediately on the temples of my forehead,” Bradford said. “A strictly water and salad-based diet cuts my acne out completely.”

Bradford has suffered with acne for about six years and visits a dermatologist on a regular basis. Being on a strict diet has made her upset, but eating healthy has been beneficial for her skin and body.

Gillian Bradley, a 23-year-old MSU senior, has never really had a problem with acne and said her diet doesn’t cause outbreaks either. Although Bradley has extremely oily skin, following a skin routine has kept her skin clear. 

“I have a skin care routine that I follow every day by applying cleanser, toner, serum and a moisturizer and all of the products are natural,” she says. “If anything flares up on my skin, it’s from things like touching my face after I touch a public doorknob, or talking on the phone without cleaning my screen with an alcohol swab enough, or something like that.”

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