Diet and Acne

The body is a complex system and it is difficult to isolate specific food groups as a trigger for acne. However, there is a growing body of evidence that certain foods will lead to increased oil production. Consider reducing these foods your diet to see if the make a difference. Also consider adding spearmint tea if you have hormonal acne:

Refined Carbs and Sugars

Foods that are high in the Glycemic Index (GI) triggers insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF-2) hormones in your body which stimulate oil production. Popular culprits are soda, potato chips, refined breads oatmeal and potatoes.


Milk based products increase mTORC1 proteins in your body which stimulates oil production. Consider replacing dairy with soy products.


If you haven't already, include nuts like almonds or walnuts in your diet as they are a good source of zinc. If you have a nut allergy, Take 30 mg of zinc gluconate per day. Studies have shown that it works almost as well as oral antibiotics for acne.

Spearmint Tea

If you have hormonal acne, drinking spearmint tea may help to reduce testosterone levels, and hence reduce sebum production in your oil glands.

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Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.

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