I’m often asked if diet effects acne. The answer is a resounding YES!

Certain foods, especially ones high in the glycemic index can trigger a flow of hormonal reactions that result in acne. Low sugar foods then better when dealing with acne. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids lowers fasting glucose levels and improves glycemic control. Omega-3 fatty acids are also anti-inflammatory, which helps to heal acne. Sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, anchovies, mackerel, black cod, albacore tuna.

Stay away from processed foods of any type, especially processed meats. Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, preferably grass fed. Include legumes and nuts. Avoid sugar as much as possible and be conscious of hidden sugars in any processed foods or beverages.

Eliminating foods and adding them back in slowly helps you to determine what might be contributing to your acne. Dairy can aggrivate acne in some people, so best way to find out if it’s a problem for you is to remove it from your diet and see what happens.

Andrea Sanchez