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Is it natural and correct to say sugary food gives me acne? For example:

Sugary foods give me acne, so I try to steer clear of them.

If it sounds off, would it be more natural to say the following?

Sugary foods cause acne on me, so I try to steer clear of them.

What is the most natural way to say it?

  • First way is best and works for most similar usages. Wine gives me a headache. Garlic gives me bad breath. Poorly fitting shoes give me blisters. For an alternate usage use I get A from B instead of A causes B in/on me. For example I get acne from sugary foods. I get a headache from wine. – EllieK Sep 16 at 16:02
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First way is best and works for most similar usages.

Wine gives me a headache.

Garlic gives me bad breath.

Poorly fitting shoes give me blisters.

For an alternate usage I would suggest a more active construct such as I get A from B instead of A causes B in/on me.

I get acne from sugary foods.

I get a headache from wine.

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