A group of dermatologists confirm that high glycemic index foods and dairy are the two main food groups that people with acne breakout should avoid.
Most people believe that an acne breakout is the result of unhealthy food choices. Whether processed or greasy deep-fried foods, these were thought to be the main culprit for one’s acne problems.
However, recent research confirms that while the aforementioned junk foods aren’t good for your body, there is no link between consuming them and triggering acne breakouts.
Professional dermatologists from all over the country are debunking this myth now to educate people on the real foods that cause acne breakouts.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Melani Palm from San Diego, California, confirms that deep-fried foods are not the leading causes of acne. In an interview with The Independent, she clarifies that the two main food groups that will promote acne breakout are dairy and high glycemic index foods.
She points out that whether you are prone to acne or starting to experience a breakout, you should avoid food that falls under these groups at all times.
Foods with a high glycemic index, are the types that promote the rapid release of glucose. Also known as refined carbohydrates and sugars, this high glucose production can potentially result in acne. According to the Harvard University Medical School, high glycemic index foods will increase blood sugar levels and spike the production of oil in the body.
Another board-certified West Dermatology Redlands Dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, urges people who are prone to acne or experiencing breakouts to avoid high glycemic index foods. The spike in sugar levels will promote oil production, which will clog pores that will result in acne.
Dairy is the second food group that is susceptible to causing acne problems. Dr. Joshua Zeichmer, the director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, confirms this while speaking to in a recent interview.
The dermatologist claims that cow’s milk is associated with acne breakouts due to circulating hormones from lactating cows. He added that it might also be due to the high sugar content found within the milk itself.
But despite this, cheese and yogurt, both made from milk, have not been associated with any acne flares. There hasn’t been any explanation as to why this is the case. However, he did confirm that other types of dairy products do trigger acne breakouts.
While several studies show worse acne tendencies in people who consume dairy, it isn’t entirely true for everyone. That means some will not experience acne breakouts even when they consume dairy products.
Dr. Palm also adds that while diets like food elimination can be a solution to controlling acne breakouts, it is not recommended for most acne patients.
As for what to do when experiencing acne breakout, washing your face at least twice a day is highly recommended. Doing so will eliminate the excess oils that clog the pores. In addition, it will also stop other acne-causing irritants like sweat and allergies.
For more information on how to deal with acne breakouts, make sure you consult with a board-certified West Dermatology Redlands dermatologist.