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Does our diet really affect our acne?

When it comes to managing acne, many people focus on skincare routines and facials, which is great! But we're often overlooking a crucial factor: diet. Yes, what you eat can significantly impact your skin. But here's the twist: some foods we consider healthy might actually be culprits in triggering breakouts. Let’s dive into the surprising relationship between diet and acne.

The Connection Between Diet and Acne

Acne is an inflammatory condition influenced by various factors, including hormones, genetics, skin type, oil production, lifestyle, and diet. Certain foods can trigger inflammation or increase oil production, all of which can lead to acne flare-ups.

The Usual Suspects: Foods Commonly Linked to Acne

  1. Dairy Products: Milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, and ice cream are typically big triggers for acne-prone people. Dairy products are high in iodides, which are excreted through our sweat glands and irritate the lining of our pores. It also increases inflammation, and acne is an inflammatory condition.

  2. Sugar and Refined Carbs: Foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, like white bread, pastries, and sugary drinks cause inflammation.

  3. Fast Food and Greasy Foods: Unhealthy oils that foods are fried in combined with iodized salt increases inflammation and irritates our pores.

The Surprising Culprits: Healthy Foods That May Trigger Acne

While it’s clear that junk food and sugary treats can wreak havoc on your skin, some seemingly healthy foods might also be problematic for acne-prone individuals.

  1. Peanuts: Peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oil are high in androgens. Excess androgens cause excess oil production.

  2. Whey and Soy: Often used in protein shakes and bars, whey and soy protein have been linked to increased acne. Soybean oil can also be very triggering and is unfortunately in a lot of processed foods.

  3. Green Drinks and Vitamins: Spirulina, Chlorella, Algae and Seaweed are known acne triggers. B-12,B-6 and Biotin are also triggering to acne prone people and we recommend not taking them unless you have a deficiency or are directed to by your doctor.


Although there are quite a few acne triggers in food, there are also beneficial foods to help reduce inflammation and boost antioxidants. If you're ready to take action and be rocking CLEAR skin in 3-4 months, join our Acne Bootcamp program. We will guide you and educate you along the way, making it a clear and easy to understand process. We also provide more insight into your diet and its affects on your skin while providing you with acne-safe meal ideas and healthy foods to eat for your skin! Start by booking The Acne Facial.



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