The relationship of heavy foods and acne

The relationship of heavy foods and acne

  • New research shows that the links between fatty and carb heavy foods and acne may not be a myth.
  • We often hear that some of our favorite comfort foods like burgers, fries, and chocolate can cause acne.
  • We also often hear that this idea is a myth, and that there is no connection between the food we eat and breakouts. Many dermatologists will suggest that diet has no effect on acne because most research on the subject has provided mixed results.
  • Dr. Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist from New York stated, “For years, the relationship between diet and acne has been controversial, but there is no doubt in my mind that there is a connection between what we eat and the condition of our skin; it’s just very challenging to prove.”
  • The latest research shows that the connection between food and acne can be real.
  • The study
  • A study published in Archives of Dermatology in 2002 suggests strong relationships between food and acne. The researchers studied people in Papua New Guinea and Paraguay who had diets of fresh vegetables and lean meat that they raised themselves. They didn’t find a single pimple.
  • Dr. Fusco states, “A diet with a high glycemic index – basically, processed foods like bread and refined grains that are quickly broken down into sugar – can have a terrible effect on skin.” The idea is that refined carbs increase insulin levels, which can increase sebum production and eventually turn into clogged pores.
  • Fast food
  • “It’s not the fat in fast food that causes acne, but the processed carbs,” states Omaha dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Pizza, burgers, chocolate and all the other old-wives tale culprits do seem to have a negative effect on skin – and science is finally catching up.”
  • Dr. Fusco recommends a diet of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meat – and staying away from processed foods.
  • Cordain, Loren, PhD, Staffan Lindeberg, MD, PhD, Magdalena Hurtado, PhD, Kim Hill, PhD, S. Boyd Eaton, MD, and Jennie Brand-Miller, PhD. “Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Western Civilization.” JAMA Dermatology (formerly Archives of Dermatology). Arch Dermatol, 2002. Web. 04 Feb. 2013.
  • Schulte-Hillen, Sophie. “Can Food Cause Acne?” The Dr. Oz Show., 30 Jan. 2013. Web. 04 Feb. 2013.


  1. Jan. P. Lopez says:

    I concur with these findings. However , I would never recommend any form of meats to be included in a healthy diet. I am a raw vegan , and found even many cooked ‘ healthy ‘ vegan dishes did not help my acne. My skin did not improve in fact until I. Went 100% raw. I also fully endorse cutting out ALL processed foods for optimal health.

    • Hi Jan,
      The doctor suggests lean meat like we are assuming chicken breast and turkey. As with everything, we all react to things differently. Agreed: A plant based diet is always a great thing to adopt! Thank you so much for your time and your comment.

  2. I have found that whole grains, ESPECIALLY WHEAT, also contribute to inflammation and acne. I have found that ditching all grains save white rice was the best thing I did for my skin, stomach, hair, migraines, etc.

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