American Academy of Dermatology
Myths about acne are almost as common as the skin problem. The exact cause of acne is unknown, but there are a number of factors that can bring on acne or make it worse, including hormones, genetics, and emotional stress. Recently, dermatologists have taken another look at whether diet’s role in acne is a myth.
Several new studies have examined the possible link between diet and acne — particularly carbohydrates and dairy products.1
The emerging evidence has prompted dermatologists to reexamine the possibility that certain foods can worsen or trigger acne. However, dermatologists agree that diet should not be used as a sole treatment for acne but rather as a complement to proven acne treatments.