Is there a connection between junk food and acne?

Patricia Farris, MD

The relationship between diet and acne has been the subject of great debate among dermatologists for many years. Early studies trying to link diet or specific foods such as chocolate with acne failed to establish any definitive relationship. Thus for decades dermatologists have told patients that acne flare ups are not related to food or specific dietary habits. But recent scientific studies have shed a new light on the acne and diet controversy. Studies now suggest that high glycemic index load diets may exacerbate acne and that the intake of dairy products may also be weakly linked to acne. With this data, it is possible that in the near future dermatologists may begin to develop dietary guidelines for patients who are suffering with acne.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Acne is not in any way tied to your diet. Consuming oil through your diet does not result in more oil produced within your skin. Instead, the production is most often dictated by hormone levels.


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