Acne – Can Diet Help?

Basic Acne is known to develop when there is an overabundance of sebum (oil) produced in the hair follicle which is plugged with dead skin, forming a blackhead. Add a little bacteria and you have a pustule or pimple. A pustule formed deeper within the follicle is a an acne cyst.

ACNE Foruncular by Jorge Valera acne

Teenagers are known to have hormonal shifts and imbalances throughout puberty which causes surges in oil production at certain times.  But when you are an adult, and those surges should have calmed down a long time ago, it is very troublesome to have that acne persist. If you’ve tried all the helpful hints in my post “Tips for Keeping Acne Away” and you still are having breakouts, maybe it’s time to look at the cause from the inside of your body.

Recently, there have been suggestions and studies looking at diet – not just chocolate, caffeine and potato chips – as the culprit of acne for all ages. One recent study placed a group of acne suffers on a Low Glycemic Diet, and found a marked decrease of breakouts as they continued eating foods with low glycemic loads.

The thinking is that “frequent consumption of high glycemic carbohydrates may repeatedly expose to acute hyperinsulinemia. Hyperinsulinemia has been implicated in acne pathophysiology because of its association with increased androgen bioavailability and free concentrations of insulin-like growth factor. Therefore, we hypothesized that low glycemic load dietary interventions may have a therapeutic effect on acne based on the beneficial endocrine effects of these diets. ……

After 12 weeks, the LGL (low glycemic load) diet was shown to significantly reduce acne lesion counts and improve insulin sensitivity when compared to a high glycemic load diet.”

Resource:  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Here’s my thought – What Do You Have To Lose?

Here’s a great site that has all the Glycemic contents of each food so you can select foods that are lower in glycemic load:

Vegetables and Fruits by Akajos

A good way to think of it simply, is to increase your intake of green vegetables, followed by other veggies, lean proteins, low glycemic fruits and healthy fats like nuts and nut oils. Drink plenty of water and get some exercise each day. You will most likely lose a couple of pounds, and feel a whole lot better by the end of the month. Please let me know if you try it, and how your skin and health was helped!

Thanks for stopping by!

©2010 Candy Dye

About Candace

Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!


  1. Finally, someone is talking sense. What we eat plays such a large role in our appearance and our moods. Thank you Candy for writing so eloquently about this.

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