The Relation Between Food And Acne

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Can eating junk food increase acne blemishes?

After research over the web I got mixed answers. Yes, you must pay attention to your food. But it lacks proof, that how food triggers acne.

Don’t skip lines.

Let’s start with me:

In my adolescence age many advised me to stay away from fried, oily and sugar contained foods. Like any other teenager I never paid attention to these words and went on with my diet.

And what I found was expected, pimples got worse. I love fried and oily food, so I didn’t stop eating and went with my choice. Pimples on my face remained same. When I applied a face cream (I don’t remember its name) pimples went away.

Important: I never take too much of oily food, not more than 3 times a week.

People around me:

My relatives, family members and friends too found that eating oily or junk food triggers acne. Almost all around me found same thing.

But there are few sites which claim that food has no relation with acne.

Time for expert (skin) chat:

American Academy of Dermatology spokeswoman Karcher says, “The skin is a reflection of your total body health”. If you take nutritional diet your skin glows else it shows off a dull look. (Source: WebMD)

With this statement we can conclude that food has a relation with skin in some way.

What about acne?

40 years from now it’s proved that food doesn’t cause acne. “All through my dermatology training this thinking was carried”, says Treloar MD.

Anyhow in recent years this thinking changed.

When you take lots of junk food they increase blood sugar levels, which then results in more insulin in blood. And some research says that insulin is related to acne.

43 teenagers were gathered in 2007 and half of them were asked to eat the so called junk food and remaining ate low-glycemic load food for 3 months.

And the result was teenagers who ate low glycemic diet had improvement in acne.

On the other hand, researches were carried out to study the relation between insulin, glycemic load and acne but no relation found.

For now, there are only theories on relation between food and acne. Anyway with researches carried out it shows that you must pay attention to what you eat.

Acne is common in US people who take lots of carbohydrate foods, while in people of other parts of the world who eat fresh plants and lean meat have no or less acne blemishes.


Am no expert, but yes with my personal experience and based on some research carried out I now conclude that, food can trigger acne in some way (though not directly).

And remember it’s not same with every person. Eating pizza may trigger acne in you but may not show any impact on me. So it depends.

To know which diet impact acne, avoid eating one particular diet for a week and see that change, and then go for another diet. Take your family members help to study.

Let’s share some food that may or may not cause acne:

  • Milk
  • Fast Food
  • Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spicy foods
  • Cheese
  • French Fries
  • Nuts
  • Sushi
  • Pizza
  • Potato Chips
  • Ice Cream
  • Soda

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