We hate to be the bearers of bad news for all you fans of dairy, bread, and/or fried food (so…everyone?), but Keys is right.
Studies have proven that there is a link between dairy consumption and acne. Acne is an inflammatory condition. Oil clogs your pores and allows bacteria to grow inside follicles, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital Joshua Zeichner, MD explained to Men’s Health. The hormones in milk can also cause inflammation. This might not mean you have to cut out all dairy, though. Yogurt has probiotics that actually calm inflammation, and cheese is still being studied. Plus, whole milk is a safer bet than skim milk if you don’t want to give up your morning cereal.
Bread is indeed another acne-causing culprit, although, again, this applies to white bread, so you can make some substitutions. White bread has a high glycemic index, giving “you a sugar rush that will be terrible for your skin,” Ava Shamban, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA, told Allure. She added that any sugar the liver doesn’t extract can end up causing break outs.
Rounding out all of Alicia Keys’ foods-to-avoid list with hard evidence is nutritionist Dana James, MS CNS, who told Yahoo!, “Consistent consumption of fried foods causes damage to the cellular structure of the dermis and epidermis, and this leads to sallow, aged skin and more cystic acne.” More proof is in the artist’s radiant complexion: Better skin requires paying attention to our diets.