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5 Foods to Eat—and 5 Not To Eat—to Reduce Acne Outbreaks

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In 2010, researchers surprised some people when they reported that diet could indeed, affect acne outbreaks. That year, an article in the scientific journal Skin Therapy Letter reported the results of a 27-study analysis—21 observational studies and 6 clinical trials. Scientists found that cow’s milk intake increased acne prevalence and severity, and also found an association between a high-glycemic load diet and acne risk.

An earlier study published in 2007 showed similar results—Australian researchers found that young men between the ages of 15 and 25 with mild-to-moderate acne experienced dramatic improvement when they switched from eating the typical American diet (with white bread and highly processed breakfast cereals) to a healthier diet of whole grains, lean meat, and fruits and vegetables.

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“The acne of the boys on the higher-protein, low-glycemic index diet improved dramatically,” said senior author Neil Mann, associate professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, “by more than 50 percent, which is more than what you see with topical acne solutions.”

Some people have long believed that diet affects acne, but only recently have researchers started to find evidence that this is true. If you’d like to try changing your eating habits to enjoy clearer skin, we’d encourage you to try it. You have nothing to lose!

What Not to Eat

Studies so far have focused mostly on the foods that make acne worse. Here are the five that come up most often as culprits in increasing breakouts. Avoid these for about a week, and see if you notice a difference.

  1. Cow’s milk: The 2010 study found an association between cow’s milk and acne. Scientists aren’t yet sure why this may be, but there are several theories. Cow’s milk spikes blood sugar, which can increase inflammation (leading to pimples). It also increases insulin levels, which encourage the production of skin oils (sebum). A lot of the commercial milk we buy comes from pregnant cows, and thus contains other hormones that can trigger the production of sebum. Milk also has growth hormones that can encourage the overgrowth of skin cells, potentially blocking pores. In 2005, researchers studied data from the famous Nurses Health Study II, and found that participants who drank more milk as teens had much higher rates of severe acne than those who had little or no milk as teens.
  2. Sugar: You may have already suspected that sugar is related to breakouts. Some studies now suggest that there may be a link. This doesn’t mean that if you eat a cookie you’re going to get a pimple. It comes down to how much sugar you’re eating in a day—particularly at any one time. If you consume a soda and a candy bar, for example, you’re likely spiking your blood sugar levels, and you could break out hours later. If you suspect sugar could be a culprit for you, try to cut back even by one sugary drink a day to notice a difference.
  3. High-glycemic foods: These are foods that break down quickly in the body, triggering an insulin spike and raising blood sugar levels. They trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation—both of which encourage acne. We’re talking foods like white bread, processed breakfast cereals, white rice, pretzels, potato chips, cookies and cakes, etc. Choose low glycemic-index foods instead, like vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes, and most fruits.
  4. Junk food: For the same reasons stated above (hormonal fluctuations, blood sugar levels), junk foods are on the list to avoid if you’re trying to clear up your skin.
  5. Fast food: Greasy fast food creates inflammation in the body. Studies have already linked fast food to conditions like childhood asthma, strictly because of its ability to raise overall inflammation in the body. Inflammation leads to pimples, so if you’re going to a fast-food restaurant, choose the salad or the yogurt.

What About Chocolate?

Long suspected to trigger acne, chocolate has received a pass until just recently. One small study from the Netherlands published in 2013 found a connection between chocolate and skin changes leading to acne. For the study, the scientists collected blood from seven healthy people before and after they ate 1.7 ounces of chocolate, each day, for four days.

Researchers then exposed the blood cells to bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes—which contribute to acne when they grow inside clogged pores—and to Staphylococcus aureus, another skin bacteria than can aggravate acne.

After eating the chocolate, the participants’ blood cells produced more interleukin-1b, which is a marker of inflammation, when exposed to Propionibacterium acnes. Eating chocolate also increased production of another immune system factor called interleukin 10 after exposure to Staphylococcus aureus. Interleukin 10 is thought to lower the body’s defenses against microorganisms, so higher levels could allow bacteria to infect pimples and worsen them.

This suggests that chocolate could increase inflammation and encourage bacterial infection, making acne worse. This was an extremely small study, however, and more research is needed. Dark chocolate has health-promoting antioxidants, so depending on how much you eat per day, you may want to wait for more evidence. In the meantime, to see if you may be sensitive to chocolate, try eliminating it for a week, by itself, and see if you notice a change in your skin.

What to Eat

Just cutting out the damaging foods listed above will likely lead to clearer skin—especially if you were regularly consuming them before. But what if you’re already eating healthy? Are there certain foods that could give you the edge against acne? Research is in its earliest stages, but we do have some knowledge of particular foods that may help. Here are five of them:

  1. Fish or flaxseed: The typical Western diet contains too many omega-6 fatty acids, which are tied to inflammation. Eating more omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseed, and the like, can help tame inflammation and improve acne breakouts.
  2. Green tea: Green tea is filled the antioxidants that can protect from environmental stressors. Drink more green tea throughout the day.
  3. Oysters: Several studies have indicated that the mineral zinc may reduce the effects of acne. It’s best to get zinc from your food, however, as too much in supplements (more than 100 mg a day) can result in side effects. Eat more oysters, toasted wheat germ (sprinkled on salads and steamed veggies), veal liver, roast beef, roasted pumpkin and squash seeds, and dried watermelon seeds.
  4. Juicing: Eating more fruits and vegetables can naturally help clear up acne. Many contain beta-carotenes, which naturally help reduce skin oils, and all are naturally anti-inflammatory. Dark, leafy greens also help clear impurities from the body, which can encourage acne. Dark-colored berries contain phytonutrients good for skin when eaten.
  5. Probiotics: These have been found to reduce inflammation in the gut, which may help reduce acne. According to a 2011 study, intestinal microflora may affect inflammation throughout the body, which in turn, can affect acne breakouts. Since pre and probiotics can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, scientists believe they may help reduce acne breakouts. “There appears to be more than enough supportive evidence to suggest that gut microbes, and the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract itself, are contributing factors in the acne process,” the scientists wrote. To get more probiotics in your diet, try yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, microalgae, miso soup, pickles, tempeh, kimchi, and kombucha tea.

Of course, there are many factors that contribute to acne, and diet is just one of them. Along with eating cleanly and avoiding acne triggers, there are many other factors that can contribute to your situation.

Have you cleared up your acne with dietary changes? Please share your story.

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Sources
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Adebamowo CA, et al., “High school dietary dairy intake and teenage acne,” J Am Acad Dermatol, 2005 Feb;52(2):207-14, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692464.

Myung Im, et al., “Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate Suppresses IGF-I-Induced Lipogenesis and Cytokine Expression in SZ95 Sebocytes,” Journal of Investigative Dermatology December 2012; 132:2700-2708, http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v132/n12/full/jid2012202a.html.

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  1. I’d also add removing gluten (at least for an experimental month) and adding in even more healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, and making sure to avoid the inflammatory veggie oils.
    Great post!!

  2. Samantha says:

    Hi! I used to have really bad, cystic acne. I spent a lot of money on medications and frequent trips to the dermatologist’s clinic but my skin still did not get any better.UNTIL i turned vegan. After just one week of changing my diet, there were already visible results. No more swelling, redness and bumps. And, after a month, my skin reallly cleared up! I also changed my skin care to Ann Marie Gianni products. I am now on my 5th month as a vegan and I can say that this is the best thing that ever happened to my skin.

    • admin says:

      Whooo hoo Samantha, sounds like you are really tuning into what your body really wants and needs right now along with what it doesn’t want! Congrats on clearing up the acne and being in your 5th nonth. We are cheering you along to your optimal health.

    • Tracy Mai says:

      Hey Samantha! It’s awesome to hear that you’re vegan! I’ve been vegan for 7 months, but my acne hasn’t gone away. Do you have any tips on what you eat and how you cleared up your acne so fast?

      • Thuy Luu says:

        Hey girl, I know you didn’t ask me but i just thought it would be helpful to let you know. I am a vegan myself and have been clearing myself through this diet as well. There are healthy and unhealthy vegan diets. The one that works for me is by staying on a high-carb, low-fat, plant based diet. Meaning, as little sugar as possible, NO oil, and no fats. Not even good fats like avocados and nuts.. because when your body is inflammed, although there are healthy fats.. an inflammed body does not react well to it until it is healed by eating clean. If you would like more information on how to cure your acne with a vegan diet, I suggest you check out Dr. Mcdougall’s color book. https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/cpb/

        This is what saved me. I hope you will feel inspired after reading the information you will find in the link above. Remember, you are not alone! I wish you best of luck. (:

      • Suzan says:

        Hi Tracy Mai.
        Though I didn’t go completely vegan like Samantha did, i was able to trace a couple of things that triggered my acne and did my best to stay away from them. Most of which were mentioned in this article.
        Things like dairy products and anything containing milk like biscuits, beverages etc, dates, sugar and eggs. Then i discussed with my G.P about taking supplements which he permitted. So i bought a months supply of vitamins A,E,D&C, and Zinc capsules and people around me couldn’t believe my skin cleared up by just watching what i consumed and popping 5 vit. capsules daily. These vitamins are God sent for my skin. All through 2015, i only had the supplements for two months with intervals between the months.
        Fell off the wagon in February after i lost my job but today 1st of June, i got back on that healthy wagon cause i love my skin too much to let cakes decorate it with acne lol.

    • Christina says:

      I also went vegan and did the gluten free thing for about 2 years never saw a change in my cystic acne.

    • stephan says:

      I never had acne on my face like ever, so I became vegan because its better in all ways. Now its been 6 months but acne appeared on my face ! Its so weird !

  3. PARAMESH says:

    FROM FOUR YRS IAM SUFFERING FROM PIMPLES IN MY FACE IT LOOK UGLY FOR ME FROM TWO MONTHS IAM CONTROLLING MY FOOD IT IS GIVIVG ME A RESULT BUT I WANT TO CLEAR MY FACE WITHOUT PIMPLES CAN SOME ONE GUIDE ME

  4. Lambros says:

    This is great! Thank you for sharing the information about Omega 3 vs. Omega 6 fatty acids. I think too many people hear the word “Omega” and immediately assume Omega 3, without noticing the issues with Omega 6 fatty acids. Very good information 🙂

  5. rajesh says:

    i am having big acnes on my face with yellow pus in them and they are killing me . the pain comes n go every time like someone pushing needle in my acnes and i am helpless now can anyone suggest me what to do

    • Frances says:

      use salt water it makes a big difference just fill a basin with waTER AND ADD SALT THAT EASY
      HOPE YOU FIND IT USEFUL

    • jan says:

      Just a suggestion: yeast in beer can cause boils with puss n oozing, even on your back.Thats large amounts of beer.

  6. Kyu says:

    I hope it will be helpful as I was just starting to change my lifestyle for the reason that I am suffering from a severe acne..

  7. Vanessa says:

    I’m a teenager whos had acne for 5 years and i too tried a vegan diet. Though i couldnt last past a week ive never had clearer skin then for that week.

    • admin says:

      Hi Vanessa! Don’t worry, you probably don’t need to go fully vegan in order to clear up your skin. Small steps help, too! Try adding in a morning green juice or green smoothie (more veggies than fruit!) and drinking more water. Maybe add in some oysters into your diet or reduce the amount of “junk food” you’re eating. Little things can help!

    • Talya says:

      Hey! I think that it’s a LOT easier than you think. First maybe just think about reducing. If you think – my goal is to be vegan you might be intimidated out of it.

  8. Vincenzo says:

    Hilarious that we need studies in 2010 to find out what we already knew in 1885: https://archive.org/details/acneitsetiology00bulkgoog

    Acne was successfully cured with Diet for decades by few doctors in the past and given that every cell is nourished by blood and blood depends upon what you eat, and bacteria depends upon the food they find in your blood and tissue to thrive, you can imagine what brainwash we all (including doctors) underwent in order to deny what is simply common sense.

    By the way, if you want some additional hint: go and review medical library of the past in archive.org site and you will find that dr. Duncan Bulkley, dr. Robert Bell, dr Henry Bieler already knew almost all that there is to know on many other “incurable” disease and how to clean the body from them.

  9. siddharth says:

    i have acne nd acne scare on mah face…can any one suggest me how to remove scares and how to avoid acne…plz help me

    • Neeti says:

      Siddarth, to treat acne scars you can either use 100% tea tree oil daily before sleep or Murad – post acne scar gel. Both of them are pretty effective.

  10. mark says:

    True… eating chocolates make my acne worst and produce more breakouts.. so I decided to void all sweet things except fruits.. Of course you can eat fruits.. they dont raise your insulin level cause fruits have fibers

  11. Lexi says:

    Hello… that advice was very helpful. Although i have heard coconut oil is great for your skin and helps clear up pimples along with acne scars. Is this true? What other products do you recommend for pimples and acne scars?

    • admin says:

      First off, I recommend using a gentle, astringent cleanser for controlling break outs. Our Citrus Mint Cleanser has a healing aloe vera juice base, plus herbs like neem which help prevent break outs.

      Our Anti-Aging Serum is a great product if you’re looking to prevent break outs while healing acne scars. It has aloe vera and rose distillate, which are very calming and healing.

      Our Citrus Stem Cell Serum targets hyperpigmentation and scarring. In my opinion, this is a magical product!! If you have oily skin, the jojoba oil in here might be too heavy for you, so I’d stick with the Anti-Aging Serum.

      As far as the coconut oil, it can actually clog your pores! We use fractionated coconut oil, which means the molecules are smaller and non pore clogging. Grape seed oil is actually great for clearing up acne while moisturizing. You can read about that here: https://www.annmariegianni.com/benefits-grapeseed-oil-skin

      I hope this helps!!!

  12. uivhi says:

    Ive been experiencing acne too! And i really hate when new breakouts come out! if only no new pimple coming my face will be clear out using turmeric with yougurt and honey!

    • Shukesh Jagiasi says:

      i have acne on my face from last 3 years i spent lot of money on medicines and doctors nothing helped me can anyone can suggest how can i remove my acne with diet i know any other option any home remedy

  13. Miranda Cronin says:

    I have found that applying 100% lemon juice to the infected areas clears them up over night, or reduces the swelling! Lemon juice works for me, I don’t know about other skin types. Just try it. Clean your face thoroughly with soap and warm water (warm water opens pores), apply the lemon juice before bed, leave it over night, and wash with warm water and soap in the morning.

  14. Sim says:

    I hv small tiny bumps i.e white in color onma face nd olso pimples not too many but whn one pimpl get rid thn another goes up.. M taking alote of med but no result after a few months dey goes up on ma face again.. Nw m not taking any med can any one suggest hw i get ma clear skinback

  15. Gisela says:

    it’s the milk in the chocolate that I find that makes me break out now at 66 years of age, also any time I eat at a fast food restaurant I believe it’s the unstable oils that they use because I can not use their dressings. I had in my twenties severe acne, in my thirties I was on Accutane for six month at the end of that year it finally cleared up of course I had terrible scarred skin not so much the pitted but lost of collagen underneath the skin. I wish I knew what I know now so much bread, cereal, crackers so many carbs I must have eaten my rations of carbs for the rest of my life I blew my pancreas. Of course I became diabetic even though I was not fat, at 50 just like my Dad who was very thin. Sorry too much information…

  16. sania says:

    wait a sec..! can we eat atlest 1 or 2 sweets like chikki n all ?
    and at home we eat white rice n if I say to stop it dey all will laugh?

  17. Anjila says:

    I’ve been suffering from acne since five years. I am nineteen now. And acne really lowers my confidence and self esteem. I can’t even look straight on face of the new people I meet. I’ve tried so so many things but no nothing worked.
    Maybe I should totally devote myself to be a vegan now.

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Anjila,

      Trying out some different diets might be a good way to help your clogged pores. Eating more raw fruits and veggies and eliminating processed foods is a great start. Being completely vegan might be the right choice for you, but it’s definitely not the only answer and not right for everyone. Give yourself permission to make small changes over time and notice differences. Drink lots of water and get lots of sleep. Remember to wash your pillow cases and wipe down your cell phone. The littlest things can make huge changes!

      Hope this helps!

  18. nikhil says:

    Hi ! Am sufferIng with pimples since 4 years , also with bad breakouts !Could you please suggest me some diet to prevent pimples on my face !

  19. Claire says:

    Ha I like first on the list of donts:
    Cows Milk
    Ends list by saying choose yogurt instead at a fast food restaurant.
    haha
    Doesn’t make sense.
    But I do agree, Ive always stayed away from cows milk.
    And I went Gluten free for a year and that did nothing really to help my skin for anyone whos curious. But there is also alot of other factors..
    One of them being stress, at the least, being a highschool- now college student..
    Im going to try a whole foods diet soon hopefully….
    Im hopeing that’ll help this. because I dont see how to just eliminate stress…
    – ill try making time for yoga or something of that sort….

  20. R says:

    I really need help. I can’t remember when my skin was last completely clear. I’m almost 20 years old and I’ve been suffering from unclear skin since I was 13. I got random pimples and blackheads, you name it. It’s been bothering me for years and I’ve tried prescriptions from dermatologists. I’ve tried soaps and creams and even pills.
    And I’m just so fed up. And I don’t need anymore advertisement on products that won’t work. I just want a clear face.
    If anyone could help me with that here, I’d be very grateful.

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Thank you for sharing 🙂
      Oily Skin is very complicated and can be caused by a lot of different things – from internal issues like hormones, stress and diet to external factors like air pollution or using the wrong products for your skin. We certainly understand the frustration and we would love to help you out but we think it’s important to examine your clogged pores from all the angles and know that you’re really not alone in your struggle. A holistic practitioner could be helpful for you to regain your body’s natural inclination towards clear skin by helping your body come into balance.

  21. jasmine says:

    hi i have acne from 5 years n in last 2 years it was removed with medecine but now again i have acne my skin doctor told that it willl remove after 2 or 3 4 years but it was not

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Jasmine,
      Thanks for sharing! Clogged pores are certainly a complicated beast that can crop up for a whole slew of reasons. If you’re dealing with consistent clogged pores, we would suggest working with a holistic practitioner to see what changes they can help you make in your life to help your skin!

      We also suggest searching through our blog for our article series about the causes of clogged pores, it might surprise you!

  22. Toby says:

    This sucks. I’ve lost 15 lbs in 6 months because of cutting down foods that trigger acne, and i was alredy skinny. Now im 6′ 3” tall with 143 lbs, and i look like skeleton.

  23. pooja pedhadiya says:

    Why acini produce

  24. Paola says:

    Hi. My 13 year old son started getting acne on his forehead initially about a year ago. Then about six months ago he was breaking out all over his face. Dermatologists said that he would have to take antibiotics and Roacutan as they said he had severe nodular acne. After discussing it together we decided to take a Holistic and natural approach. He changed his diet completely – cutting out processed food and white grains, cows milk and any foods high in sugar content. He now eats whole grains, vegetables and fruit, drinks a lot of water (2 to 3 litres a day). This new diet is coupled with bio peelings and a new revolutionary product we found in the Canary Islands (where we live) which is tablets containing Omega 5 and pomegranate, cream and face wash. Pomegranate is a godsend regulating sebum production from the inside. It also has many other benefits for the health. We are now seeing the results after only 6 weeks. His forehead is clear already and he no longer breaks out as frequently as before and his skin is no longer greasy and the inflammation has subsided significantly. He is getting better every day. I hope this can help other youngsters out there to take a more natural approach to acne and not revert to medicine which does not cure your acne at the source.

    • Nadine LaPenna says:

      Thanks for the info!
      Can the pomegranate and Omega 5 tablets be purchased online? I would love to try something OTHER than the stupid antibiotic (Bactrim) that the doctor has given my son! My son is 14 and has been struggling badly with acne…see my post below. 🙂

  25. Blayne says:

    I am just about acne free after six months of cystic acne! After two months I caved and went to the doctor for antibiotics. A month later (I had a six month prescription) I threw them away because they were doing absolutely nothing but giving me side effects. I was taking doxycycline 200mg a day. I had stomach aches and headaches like crazy. I started researching lots. Shortly after that I started the total elimination diet where I avoided dairy, gluten, eggs, soy, refined sugar, citrus fruit, nightshade veggies, alcohol, beans, nuts and coffee. I noticed major improvement in a week. First things I introduced were dairy and gluten and not long after I broke out again. So no more dairy and gluten for me. But my skin still wasn’t great. I wasn’t breaking out very much but the zits were still coming. I have long suspected a zinc deficiency (I have been vegetarian for 5 years) so I picked up some zinc from the health store and also some turmeric. I took zinc daily and applied turmeric on my face almost daily as well as drinking turmeric milk daily as well. MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR IMPROVEMENT. Like seriously three days later I had almost no zits??? I also picked up some curcumin tablets and have been taking those daily as well. I am left with a fair bit of scarring but I take that over acne any day. At this very moment I have maybe 5 zits and they are mostly from eating dairy gluten and sugar and also not drinking turmeric milk on the daily as I fell off the wagon a bit. I hope this helps somebody out there with acne that feels like they are about to give up!!!

  26. Logan says:

    Uh it’s so annoying how this is just fine with talking about animal testing (during the green tea section). I am surprised nobody has said anything! You should not take advice from people who tested products on a completely different creature. I’m not saying it might not work, I’m just discussed with the casualty of writing about this cruel thing!

  27. Brock says:

    Another thing to consider is removing soy from your diet. I’ve read that soy acts like synthetic estrogen in the body, causing a hormonal disruption.

  28. Nancy says:

    I had really bad acne all over my face and got headaches from constipation. Whenever I whent completly vegan, (with no prosessed foods) drank alot of water and cleaned out my colon I had clear skin. I did this for about 2months (try 3months for best results) then whent to the beach(and whent in the ocean) for two days wearing a thick layer of zinc oxide on my face (its goes on white not clear) as sunscrean, reaplying every hour and a half. After the two days my skin looked FLAWLESS. Recommend this to anyone who suffers from acne like I have.

  29. Nadine LaPenna says:

    Hi! I have a question that I have had for some time and would love to get a clear answer!
    In relation to cows milk…I understand how and why milk can increase acne especially in teens. Does WHOLE RAW organic cows milk have the same effect??? We have been drinking raw milk for years. Both of my kids have acne prone skin. Especially my 14 year old son. He drinks so much milk and I hate to tell him not to drink it because he is 6 feet tall and 130 lbs. Thin as a rail! I am trying to get as many calories into him as possible, and this is an easy way to add those extra need calories without giving him junk.
    We haven’t noticed a change in his skin much when he cuts it out. We see the biggest change in his skin when he cuts out the potato chips and sugar!

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Nadine,

      Thanks for your question. There isn’t exactly a clear answer for your question, unfortunately. For many people raw milk doesn’t have the same effect on the skin as pasteurized milk but everyone’s skin is very, very different. Some people do break out with the extra lipids in their body and other people don’t. If your son isn’t noticing a difference in his breakouts when he cuts out the milk, it’s certainly possible that it isn’t the cause of the breakouts.

    • Rahul says:

      I am 15 myself now and I really haven’t noticed a difference in my acne drinking milk, I would suggest to keep it at a moderation as milk does contain acne producing hormones and can interrupt the hormones in the body, as he grows up, his hormones levels will go down and he won’t break out as much as he use to, I’ve noticed it myself actually over the years

  30. Lorraine says:

    I have tea tree and rosemary oils
    With almond coconut olive and castor oil and vitamin e
    I have normal to oily acne prone skin. Have scares too
    What you suggest with these available oils

  31. Durga says:

    Hello mame.i have acnes from last 3 years.now they have 90% gone.but now the marks and the large pores are the only problem.so can you plz help me to cure them???plz

  32. Great post! As a dermatologist we are always looking to find ways for our patients to make a real lifestyle change that will actually affect their skin. I highlighted some of the scientific studies behind acne and food in my blogpost here: http://www.teawithmd.com/2016/02/the-true-link-between-food-and-acne/

    Enjoy!

    XO
    Joyce
    http://www.teawithMD.com
    A dermatologist’s guide to health & beauty

  33. April says:

    I used to have horrible acne off and on, but there was a season in my life where it got so out of control, I didn’t know what to do. Then I realized it was because of the milk I was consuming. I have never been much of a milk drinker, but it was in my iced coffees(which I had just about every morning). I decided to stop drinking iced coffee for two weeks and my face was flawless. Another thing I added to my diet was fermented cod liver oil. This not only cleared *all* my acne, I was also able to get pregnant(had been trying for 3 years). A combination of the two, plus a healthier diet changed my skin 🙂 This was a great article, btw.

  34. Charlotte says:

    What can i use for acne scars i have alot ???

  35. Gerlien says:

    Great post! I really do notice how diet impacts my skin.. After becoming vegan my skin got better (nice bonus hehe). And the last few weeks I ate very healthy, no processed foods, a lot of vegetables and fruits, and my skin became so clear! I finally got rid of the acne on my forehead! But during the weekend I was with family and we ate a lot of cookies, and monday morning I woke up with a huge break-out… 🙁 So now I’m on the healthy track again and hopefully my skin will clear soon!

  36. Brianna Reid says:

    I’m 14 and Green tea i drink it everyday and it has worked wonder’s

  37. Rahul says:

    I’ve suffered with acne since puberty and over the years I’ve been eating antioxidant fruits like grapefruit and orange, I’m recently getting into modeling and it has helped me a lot, fruits rich in antioxidants help clear acne and reduce inflammation on the face, drinking about 8-12 glasses of water helps flush out acne causing bacteria and reduces toxin buildup in the body.

  38. jan says:

    At last, someone agrees that solid chocolate causes acne! I am 63 yrs. Old, went to Dermatologists my whole life and no one ever suggested this.I quit eating choc. On my own.No acne breakouts.I can have choc. Flavored pudding, ice crean, etc. But no sold handy bars.So happy someone agrees with me!!

  39. cathy says:

    Thank you for this awesome article! 😀 good luck everyone💕💕take care of your skin, it’s your largest organ🍀

  40. Deborah says:

    I noticed a lot of people said they went full on vegan to clear their acne. I suggest just trying dairy to start. That cleared up my cystic acne completely. I have been dairy free for a year and a half now. The only time I get a cystic pimple is when I give in and eat dairy. Most of the time I don’t miss it though! Do avoid soy too… It gives me smaller pimples around my chin. Almond milk tastes much better anyway! Just a note, it did take about 3 weeks to a month before all of my cysts went away. In fact it got worse before it got better as I went through the purging stage. So don’t give up!

  41. Kathy Mitchell says:

    Hey great article!! Thanks for sharing with us, I usually used Zeroblem a product of Solvaderm Brand, this Serum is also very good, I have been this since last 2 month, and I really recover a lot.

  42. Mary says:

    Wow, that’s amazing. I like drinking green tea. I also have to suffer from breakouts. Now thanks to your article, I know the benefits of green tea and certainly I will drink green tea frequently to prevent breakouts. Yesterday I also read an article about foods causing acne breakouts. Besides the foods that you mentioned, you can find more at http://effectiveremedies.com/foods-that-cause-acne-breakouts/. Thanks so much!

  43. Hello my name is Ahmed i am 15 years old I have a pimples on my face for a long time I tried a lot of home treatment to remove pimples from my face but it’s fail and I have still pimples on my face and as well as I have a pimped on my back which are very painful for me I can’t sit properly even do I am not understanding that what should I do please give me a home treatment to remove pimples from my face and my back as soon as possible give me a easy home treatment

  44. Luna says:

    I have oily skin with acne and acne scarring. Is there any product that can help? Would becoming a vegan help improve my skin?

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Luna,

      Everyone is so unique that it’s hard to say. Some people do have success with a vegan diet and some don’t. The only way to know for sure is to try it and see how you feel and watch how your skin changes.

  45. Siva says:

    How to overcome from the pimples acne and black hair and white hairs and red spots
    Can we get Our skin back from the holes on face

  46. Indy says:

    Does this also work on the rest of your body, not just your face? Because I’ve been having spots on my back, chest and other places

  47. Tina says:

    I stoped eating candy and sugars fried foods and eggs for 6 weeks my skin cleared and i only had to deal with the red marks from the clogged pores for 6months after that
    Huge impruvment
    I suggest try to figure out what is causing the clogged pores instaed of usesing creams and cleaning the skin that only makes things wearst

  48. M.shofia says:

    What should I do to get rid of pimples?

  49. Paige says:

    Hi! I managed to help my skin out by cutting out white rice and breads, oily/fried foods, lollies, chocolate, dairy and basically anything that I have heard of or found triggered clogged pores.
    I recommend eating…
    -pleanty of raw vegetables
    -2-3 fruits per day
    -only whole grain breads and brown rice instead of white
    -lots of water! I drink 2L+ per day
    -a few green teas a day (2-4 is what I have)
    I’m going to see if cutting out eggs does anything for my skin because I’ve heard that the hormones in them can make acne worse.
    I also only wash my face with warm water not hot! HOT water is very irritating to sensitive skin prone to clogged pores as it can dry it out causing it to produce extra sebum oil resulting in blocked pores.

  50. jyoti says:

    Really Nice

  51. Sarah says:

    Changing your pillow case at least weekly really helps

  52. Ayivoren Daniel says:

    Please what foods are best to prevent and cause pimples? ??

  53. These are some great tips . Thanks for sharing with us.

  54. ABHISHEK YADAV says:

    Sir/Mam I am facing a difficult problem that is acne and oily face please suggest one method which can cure both problems.

  55. jelly belly 22 says:

    I have a lot of small tiny bumps on my face.Maybe it’s genetic.They are on my entire face (on cheeks,forehead,nose,between my eyebrows,Literally Everywhere!) They are most on the cheeks and my forehead.Can anyone Please help me with this?

  56. Amanda says:

    I honestly thought this was a myth myself until I lost my job and was too broke and poor to eat much of anything at all. My face was clearer than it had ever been in 20 years for the whole duration until I got another job.

  57. Ofcourse food can cause acne and it depends totally on you that which type of food you eating. There are several food which cause acne to grow more

  58. Richard says:

    Just wanted to share my experience in case any one is skeptical. I have struggled with acne for about a year and since my first breakout I have tried various name brand acne treatments and creams. My acne only got worse. Recently I became so fed up with my acne and my appearance that I literally could not look in the mirror. I have begun to cut out all sugary foods and fast foods from my diet and instead eat fruit, vegetables, grass fed beef and fish as well a green tea and walnuts among other things as well. My acne has become less inflamed and swollen and is even clearing up all together in some spots. I have only been following this new diet for 5 days so far. Diet is so important and will change not only your acne but alot of other aspects of your health as well.

    good luck to all of you!

  59. Joel says:

    Hello guys. I recently turned 22 years old. I’ve been suffering from acne since the past 5-6 years. But it’s getting worse from the past 2 years. I get pimples, cystic acne, boils on my face and my scalp too is affected by pimples. The very next day when I wash my hair that I get my scalp oily and stinky. Well I’m more worried about my face. Consulted many dermatologists. The prescribed pills affect as long as I take those. I feel pathetic about myself on looking in the mirror. I’m thinking that maybe diet is a problem. I workout too for an hour everyday. Sweat out. Yet it all doesn’t help in reducing the acne. Somebody please help.

  60. Tiffany says:

    I’ve had acne since becoming a teen, and I’m 33 now. I’ve tried supplements that were supposed to help, but it made things worse. It has always been an annoyance for me. I’ve been incorporating juicing (I use raw veggies and fruits in my juicer) into my diet for a few months now. Sometimes I skip a week, sometimes I drink just one juice a day, and sometimes I go on a juice kick and have mostly juice & smoothies for a week. I have very much noticed clearer skin! I literally have 0 acne on my face right now, and it’s been 2 weeks since I had any kind of breakout. I love juicing and adding more veggies and fruits into my life!! They are nature’s pharmacy 🙂

  61. Sarah says:

    Also, if you do eat yogurt eat it sparingly, It can cause cystic acne due to hormones.

  62. Vero says:

    Hi!
    I had a mild acne in my teens but now in my 40s?
    I love baguette. Could it be the cause?
    A bit sweet everyday.

  63. Curteasea says:

    I need help with pimples on my chest area.

  64. livwatson says:

    hi i’ve had acne for over a year now and i have tried so many acne masks and treatments, it’s cost me a fortune! but nothing seems to be working. as i’m only 13 i don’t really want to change my diet as i’m underweight and don’t want to loose any more weight. can anyone recommend any treatments or something that will help. thank you x

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Liv,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing this. Changing your diet doesn’t have to mean cutting out foods that help you gain weight! In fact, sometimes working with a healthier diet can help you to gain weight and clear up your skin. We would suggest seeing a nutritionist and/or a holistic practitioner to get on the right track with your diet!

  65. I try to eat a vegan diet. I drink a large pot of green tea every morning. I find I have to add some chicken about once monthly. I use organic meats. I try to get produce at local farmers’ market. My supplement intake varies according to my body issues. My main problem is a pathegenic systemic case of Candida. I cannot move my bowels without several helpings of Dave’s organic wholegrain bread. Greens are the most important food I know of. Fruit for me is ‘iffy’ because of the yeast. I probably shouldn’t but I do eat a lot of tofu. I ought to drink a gallon of water a day, but then I wouldn’t be able to go out anywhere. Hope this is helpful. Your not alone!

  66. Dyrrr says:

    I’ve been eating white rice my whole life. And its really impossible for me to get rid of it si nce asians are more into eating white rice. Im suffering from acnes since im 12 and im already 17 like how can i lose them? I’ve tried more than 5 different kinds of remedies just to get rid of them but it gets worst day by day. Please help.

  67. Gabriel says:

    I am eastern Orthodox and for lent I go completely vegan for around 40 days, and similarly fast every wedensday and friday. I had started getting clogged pores pretty moderately for about 6 months prior to easter, which was a complete first for me. I was 20 at this age, having this issue for the first time in my life. I had also completely stopped fasting though, as I always had since I was a child. For this Easter fast, I got so fed up that I decided to try fasting again. I had been to a doctor and she suggested this really expensive skin care routine that only dried and cracked my face and further aggravated everything. She even suggested I go gluten free, which i could never do. Two weeks into my veganism for the fast, my face had never been so free of clogged pores, and I was eating very primitively, cheap cereal for breakfast, and always toast with avocado. Fast ended last week and here I am back where I started. I’m convinced its the dairy, as on days that I have low dairy intake I dont feel my face flaring, but if I eat raviolli or something, I’ll just feel my face flaring and tingling during class.

  68. Charlene says:

    I cut out certain foods from my diet that were on the avoid list for eat right for your blood type and the clogged pores on my jaw line upper arms and shoulders, completely disappeared.

    I’m in the b blood group and I stopped eating chicken and corn or maize.

    Occasionally when I do eat chicken or maize, I get those clogged pores back. So I know it’s the food.

  69. Erica says:

    Cutting dairy from my diet has cleared my forehead completely. I also get Botox for wrinkles but have seen a dramatic improvement on my skin since Botox blocks sweat glands

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