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What is the link between acne and diet?

Jul 1, 2021

Are you fed up with your acne problem? Don’t think your diet is the main culprit for your acne problem? Now a question arises in your mind is there any link between acne and diet? Acne is a very common and frustrating problem for all. About acne and diet, Dr. Dhananjay Chavan will explain to you in detail how to manage your skin. Acne is a very common and frustrating problem for all. 

What is acne?

It is one of the skin condition which develops spots, marks and pimples on your face, neck, back and shoulders. It is said to develop when your skin pores are clogged with dead skin and oil. Acne also develops whiteheads, blackheads and pimples which is seen more in teenagers as well as in adults. The cause and the reasons for acne may vary from person to person. As there are various reasons to get acne. Let’s check what causes acne problem for us.

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  • Heredity
  • Diet
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Medications

Now as you know the reasons for acne, accordingly you can treat the problem. As many patients have asked us what is the relation between acne and diet. As some of them feel, eating chocolates you may get acne, others may also feel the consumption of dairy gives acne.

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What are the foods that cause acne?

It is seen that many foods may cause you acne, but still, it is a controversial topic. It is seen people tend to get acne after consuming carbohydrates or sugars. Let’s check the list of foods that cause acne.

  • Refined sugar like having sweets, honey, syrups etc.
  • Dairy products such as milk-based like ice-creams, pastries, chocolates, mithai etc.
  • Fast and junk foods, if consumed every day may lead to acne.
  • Refined carbohydrate such as white pasta, noodles, soda etc.

It is not necessary to stop having these foods, you can balance it with your regular foods. Have a balanced diet to have good skin and hair.

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What are the foods that cure acne?

Foods are an important part of our life. But there are no such particular foods, which can really cure or cause acne. Still, you can take care of your skin with this list of foods. Let’s check the foods, which helps to fight acne.

  • Antioxidants rich foods help to fight with your bodies.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids such as flax seeds, fishes etc are good for the skin.
  • Probiotic-rich foods such as curd, pickles etc which are god and also good for your gut.

Keep monitoring your plate, which will not only help you in fighting with acne problems but will keep your skin clean and clear.

Acne and diet research

Researchers are still going on finding an exact relation between acne & diet. Still, you find any specific relation between your diet & acne, you can avoid those foods. However, some evidence has shown that eating the high glycemic diet containing sugar, dairy, chocolates, spicy, oily food flare up acne problems. But cutting on these with low glycemic & balanced diet helps to get better control of acne lesions. There is still no proper clue or evidence on diet causing acne problems. However, Diet is not the only causes of acne, excess androgen levels play a key role. If you have observed flaring of your acne after eating certain, specific, high glycemic foods. Then its wise decision to avoid them to have better control of acne lesions.

Whether there is any relation between your acne & diet, to understand this you need to monitor your acne & food habits. Watch for the food that triggers your acne. Maintain a daily diary about your food consumption. It will take 12 weeks to understand whether there is any relation between your Diet & acne. We advise you to continue with your regular acne treatment, along with a few dietary changes if you find they are triggering your acne.

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Thank you for reading!

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Dr Dhanraj Chavan

About the Author: Dr Dhanraj Chavan

Dr. Dhanraj Chavan is a globally trained, young, and dynamic dermatologist. He is a Consultant Dermatologist and Varicose Vein Specialist at Clear Skin, VeinMD, and HairMD.

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