- Avoid excess dairy - this can lead to increase in sebum production
- Avoid excess sugar - sugar raises your insulin levels which causes a rise in inflammatory markers
- Avoid high intake of processed food such as refined carbohydrates or those with a high glycemic index - these too can raise insulin levels, leading to a rise in inflammatory markers. A large study was conducted in the US found patients who were on a low glycemic index diet not only lost weight, but 87% found their acne had improved dramatically and 91% reported needing fewer acne medications
- Zinc supplements have been shown to assist in the management of acne and skin repair. Studies have shown 20mg-40mg daily is sufficient, just remember to take these after food to avoid nausea
Foods which have been found to have a positive effect on individuals with acne:
- Foods which are high in antioxidants as these are also anti-inflammatory
- Increase consumption of fish and healthy oils which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Where you are breaking out can also give an indication of what is going inside your body. Check out our acne mapping guide.
Helen Lam (B Pharm). MPS
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2. "Can the Right Diet Get Rid of Acne?" (2020) American Academy of Dermatology. Cited 12/08/2020