At Tareen Dermatology, we utilize a combination of holistic and medical approaches to achieve clear skin for our patients. Recent research demonstrates that diet may have a significant impact upon acne production. Here is the scoop:
What food to AVOID if you are acne prone:
1. High glycemic index foods: These include foods such as white bread, white potatoes, crackers, pretzels, white rice and other processed, carbohydrate heavy foods. In a 10 week study of teenagers with acne, biopsies of the skin were taken before and 10 weeks after a low glycemic diet. During the 10 weeks, the teens instead consumed multigrains, vegetables, and protein. All of the teenagers’ acne improved. Skin biopsies demonstrated less oil production and overall less inflammation.
2. Skim milk: Skim milk increases the amount of insulin produced by the body. Insulin stimulates acne production and in some women who are prone to excess of testosterone, also facial hair. Cheese and yogurt have not been shown to stimulate acne.
What foods to EAT if you are acne prone:
Yogurt and probiotics: Yogurt with live and active cultures and probiotics actually help protect against acne production. Probiotics regulate the amount of “good bacteria” in the digestive tract and reduce levels of systemic inflammation. Studies have shown that probiotic consumption can also reduce formation of eczema (an added bonus!).
In summary, at Tareen Dermatology we embrace a natural and holistic approach to acne and all skin disorders. This includes dietary interventions and the appropriate use of scientifically proven medications to give our patients healthy, smooth, and glowing skin.