The Link Between Diet and Acne

Whether you have been reading my blogs for a while or not, you will surely know what acne is. It is the most common skin condition in the country and even though there is currently no definite cure, there are many prescription medicines and over-the-counter gels and creams that can be used to reduce symptoms and prevent breakouts.

New research has suggested that diet can have an affect on acne. As written on Medical News Today…

“Acne develops when pores in the skin become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, or both. This clogging also occurs when the body produces too much sebum, an oil that keeps the skin from drying out. Clogged pores can lead to inflammation and cause pimples and other types of lesion to form. During puberty, the body produces more of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). Some studies suggest that IGF-1 may increase the production of sebum and worsen symptoms of acne. Certain foods can also raise IGF-1 levels. Avoiding these foods may help improve symptoms of acne and help prevent breakouts.”

Finally, I’m going to list some examples of foods that should be avoided and some that are recommended in order to improve acne.


  • bread
  • sweetened breakfast cereals
  • some fruits and vegetables (melons / pineapples / pumpkins)
  • pasta
  • short grain white rice

Recommended foods:

  • fish
  • eggs
  • soy products (e.g tofu)
  • spinach and kale
  • grass-fed beef
  • nuts
  • flaxseeds
  • mustard seeds
  • wild rice

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