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Acne: 5 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know

Acne: 5 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know

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1. We Don’t Know Everything About Acne

This was supposed to be an intro paragraph but decided it would be more fitting as one of the things you (probably) didn’t know about acne. But yeah, we don’t! Most people have myths and try to make sense of the exact cause, but acne is a loose cannon. So many variables at play including our own lifestyle habits. And so, we’ve compiled these 5 facts about acne that you’ve most likely never heard of.

2. Just Approved To Give You Acne

A recent study[1] compared the results of more than 24,000 adults and found a correlation between the chances of having current acne and consumption of high-fat foods (including milk and meat), sugary foods and beverages, a diet high in the combination of high-fat and high-sugar foods. But, not everyone's skin will react this way to certain foods. It’s only more likely that you would get acne vulgaris if you eat these foods.

3. Chocolate Doesn’t Cut It.

In the above study, the findings did not link having acne (or had it in the past) to dark chocolate or milk chocolate. Ferrero Rocher here we come!

4. It Could Be In Your Jeans

They have recently found [2] that genes influencing inflammatory responses and sebaceous glands (oil glands) can have variants that form acne vulgaris. But more understanding in the biological pathways, and more genes involved with acne will help us to develop more effective treatments.

5. Your Microbiome Says No

Your ‘second brain’ has a lot to do with acne. It’s in your gut where the microbiome literally dictates what you can and cannot eat, and also how food is processed and how chemicals are released. Addressing issues in the gut is the first line of defense against acne, regardless of age or gender.

Bonus Jonas: No. 8 On The Hot List

Acne is estimated to affect 9.4% of humans, making it the eighth-most prevalent condition worldwide. Sounds like a useless fact, but to me, it’s shocking to think why there haven’t been any breakthroughs in acne treatments when the issue is so prevalent. It also shows how complex and abundant the different pathways are in which acne derives.

As our understanding of acne continues to evolve, we may eventually have clearer guidelines about the best diets, topicals, or drugs to prevent or treat it. For now, GOA has brought the best of formula engineering into a two-treatment set to cover you in significantly taking down acne using a proprietary ingredient Dark Phyto Matter. Find out more about the Anti-Acne Face Set and how it can be part of your lifestyle.


1. JAMA Dermatol. 2020 Aug 1;156(8):854-862. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.1602.
2. BMC Med Genomics. 2021 Apr 13;14(1):103. doi: 10.1186/s12920-021-00953-8.

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