BPA may affect acne development and severity

According to a recent study by Hatice Kaya Ozden and Ayse Serap Karadag, Bisphenol A (BPA) could be a factor in acne development and severity.

Exposure to BPA is commonly found through plastic water and food containers, so cutting back on single-use plastics and moving towards using more reusable plastic-free containers could be beneficial for people with acne.

This prospective case-control study evaluated BPA levels in acne patients compared with healthy controls and found urinary BPA to be higher in acne patients and levels correlated with acne severity.

The median levels of total BPA were significantly higher in the acne group compared with the control group, and acne severity was positively associated with the BPA values.

This study had fairly small numbers, so it will be interesting if similar results can be replicated in other countries.

If you wish to cut back on single-use plastics in order to help your acne, please keep in mind that you should still follow an appropriate acne treatment regimen.

If you’re having trouble clearing up your acne, speak to your local GP for a referral to a dermatologist.

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