Over the past few years, researchers have shown that diet does indeed play a role in the formation of acne. This notion was previously unproven and patients were often on their own when trying to determine which foods correlated with their acne flares.
A recent study, performed in Italy, was published in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The study showed that consumption of dairy products, particularly skim milk, had a strong correlation to the development of acne. Other recent studies have shown that foods with a high-glycemic index may also contribute to the formation of acne.
Dr. Schweiger notes that, “What is interested about the recent Italian study is that it suggests some foods that are protective against acne. They found that regular consumption of fish can actually protect against acne to some degree. Additionally, males with a lower body mass index were less likely to have acne than women.”
While diet is proving to be a factor in the development of acne, it is still important to treat your acne in other ways. Dietary changes alone may not deliver fast improvement of acne, which may cause permanent scarring when not treated promptly. Your dermatologist will discuss the best ways to treat your acne, while making helpful suggestions for incorporating a healthy ‘anti-acne’ diet into your skin care regimen.