Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Investigating the Association between Nutritional Factors and Acne in Post-Adolescent of Greek Men and Women
Soulla Antoniadou, Efthymia Gkaraveli

The present research was designed to determine the association between nutritional factors and acne in post-adolescent of Greek men and women. In this study 96 people participated, of which 59 stated that they were facing some kind of acne problem. The age of the participants ranged from 18 to 24 years. To determine the severity of acne, the modified Global Acne Grading System (mGAGS) was used. In addition, all participants were asked to complete a self-report questionnaire that included information such as demographics, dietary habits (frequency of consumption of dairy products and high glycemic index products), family history and smoking habit. According to the results it was found that: (1) the appearance of acne was positively associated with the consumption of dairy products (Spearman's rho = 0.525, p < 0.001), (2) no statistically significant correlation was found between acne and the consumption of high glycemic index products. In conclusion, the present research clearly supported a significant association between high dairy intake and acne, suggesting that increased frequency of dairy consumption may be a contributing factor to the onset and severity of acne symptoms.

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