There are many false claims out there about diet and acne. But the truth is, what you eat does in fact impact your skin! It can get confusing knowing what you should pay attention to in your diet, so we’re here to break it down for you.
Inflammation can cause acne, and certain foods can increase inflammation.
Inflammation is a known cause of acne. And oftentimes, certain foods can promote inflammation and trigger outbreaks. Dairy products and foods with high sugar content can cause inflammation, potentially leading to more breakouts on the skin and aggravating existing acne.
Some foods can raise hormone levels that worsen acne symptoms.
Hormones, like IGF-1, are produced during puberty and can increase the occurrence of acne, which is why we all suffered from breakouts growing up. But certain foods can also increase IGF-1 levels, such as dairy products and foods with a high glycemic index. Cutting out foods with a high glycemic index can help decrease your symptoms if you’re suffering from increasing acne outbreaks.
Keep a food journal.
Many studies show correlations between the food you consume and acne, but it is important to remember that there are many factors, such as your genetics, environment, pollution and products that impact your skin. If you are concerned about what foods may be leading to your acne outbreaks, the best thing to do is log every meal while recording the type of acne you develop. If you notice any correlations between certain foods and worsening acne, it may be time to cut it out!