Sugar, carbohydrates and acne? Oh my! Once considered unrelated, dermatologists at Baylor College of Medicine said research finds certain foods can cause acne to flare up.
“While there are definitely a number of triggers for acne, the connection between diet and acne is very interesting,” said Dr. Rajani Katta. professor of dermatology at Baylor.
Katta pointed to a 12-week study where participants ate low-glycemic index foods and found during this time their acne improved significantly.
Dr. Ramsey Markus, associate professor of dermatology at Baylor, said foods high in refined carbohydrates set off a domino effect where hormones fluctuate, oil glands are stimulated and ultimately acne is aggravated.
Additionally, Markus said dairy products, especially low-fat milk, have been linked to acne.
See the infographic below for a cheat sheet of different foods that can stimulate oil and aggravate acne.