What Foods Cause Acne on the Face?

While food by itself does not actually cause acne or prevent it, there may be some links between nutrition and acne flare-ups. For most patients, acne occurs due to one’s family history, lifestyle, and other health habits. Many teenagers and adults may find that their acne gets worse or better depending on their hormonal levels. But did you know that there are a few foods that have shown to be linked to increasing one’s risk of acne flare-ups? Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his team at the Florida Academic Dermatology Center can discuss possible foods that are considered the worst or the best for acne-prone patients.

Below are just some of the foods that have been linked (for good or bad!) to acne:

  •         Skim milk – those who drink more milk tend to have higher instances of acne, especially when it comes to skim milk. It is believed that the link is the hormones in the cows that end up in the milk and increase certain hormone levels in the individual.
  •         Sugars and carbs – consumption of sugars and carbs can increase one’s blood sugar levels, which in turn can affect hormone levels and oil production in the skin.
  •         Foods high in fiber – high-fiber foods such as carrots, apples, beans, and oatmeal seem to improve can. It is suspected that this occurs as high-fiber foods tend to help in controlling blood sugar levels.
  •         Salmon – inflammation in the body can be lowered with foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, which makes salmon a smart choice for those looking to keep acne controlled.
  •         Nuts – nuts have antioxidants that are known to protect cells from damage and may help clear up acne in some patients.
  •         Fried foods – there is no link between acne and fried foods. However, if you work at a restaurant and regularly use a deep fryer, you may experience more acne as the oils can clog pores and contribute to acne flare-ups.

Start taking control of your acne 

If you are dealing with acne and are having trouble maintaining it with over-the-counter medications or changes in your diet, it might be time to speak to a dermatologist about your options. Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his associates at Florida Academic Dermatology Center in Coral Gables, FL can assist. Call (305) 324-2110 to request an appointment at 475 Biltmore Way, Suite #207.

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