Dietary Guidelines

Acne flare-ups are inflammatory responses to foods that are high in processed or hydrogenated fats and highly acidic foods and beverages. While many factors like hormones, stress levels, sleep, etc., contribute to acne, the underlying cause is dietary. We cannot control many of the factors that contribute to acne, but we can control the foods we eat! When the body is not able to properly metabolize the dietary fats in our diet, they are sent to the largest center of fat metabolism in the body: THE SKIN!

Drinking water is the most important thing you can do to improve the health of your skin, consume 0.5-1 oz per pound of body weight. Eat fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains, beans, & bitter greens like broccoli, spinach, & kale.

It is important to eliminate or drastically reduce foods that cause acne flare ups, such as:

  • Cheese, butter/margarine, ice cream, milk/yogurt, non-dairy coffee creamers, hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils

  • Chocolate, candy bars, & potato chips
  • Nuts and nut butters (especially peanuts/peanut butter)

  • Soy milk/cheese, Soy protein bars/powders

  • Fast food & fried foods especially pizza, french fries, fried chicken, fried chinese food, bacon

  • Simple sugars including sodas, juice, candy, pastries, brownies, cakes, cookies

  • Acidic beverages, namely, alcohol but also including coffee, black teas, & colas

  • Cooked tomatoes (in spaghetti sauce and pizza) or other highly acidic foods