Research in the past 10 years is forcing doctors to swallow their words, because it’s becoming increasingly clear that diet indeed affects acne.
This page helps you to get to the bottom of this confusing question. I’ve organized my best diet-related posts here, each dealing with a specific part of the question. After going through these posts, you should have a good idea of not only how diet affects acne but also which foods are likely to make a mess on your face.
Let’s start by clearing out a big myth. You’ve probably read online that it’s just a myth that diet causes acne. Or that chocolate or greasy foods have nothing to do with acne. But did you know that this was never based on good science? The whole thing was based on two really, really bad studies. Based on those studies dermatology text books were rewritten, and the whole thing turned into a dogma. The fact that newer, better quality studies show a connection between diet and acne has done little to budge this myth.
Read the whole story here: Debunking The REAL Diet Acne Myth
It swings both ways
There’s equal amount of bad information on the other side of the diet-acne fence. Reading natural health and alternative medicine websites it’s easy to conclude that diet is all there is. Unfortunately that’s equally wrong and leaves people frustrated when they don’t get results – despite sticking to a super-healthy diet.
This post clears the confusion: I Break Out Every Day? Why My Diet Isn’t Working?
I often get questions like does [food X] cause acne. In most cases it’s hard to pin acne down to specific foods, because it’s more about your overall diet. That said, there are some foods that can cause acne. In the posts below I cover some of these foods in more detail.
Here are a few posts dealing with what causes acne. These don’t directly relate to diet, but diet often affects these ‘causes’, so it’s good that you understand them.
Here are a few miscellaneous posts that didn’t fit under the other sections.
Did I miss something? Do you have diet-related acne questions? Leave a comment to one of the posts here and I’ll get back to you.
Note that this page contains what I believe are my best posts on the topic. The diet category page has even more posts.