Diet can elevate acne – hormones

Recently, researchers have discussed a lot the role of diet in the development of acne. In special, they have discussed the role of carbs because they  stimulate the secretion of two hormones directly implicated in the development of acne. These hormones are: insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and androgens.

If you were figuring out where does your acne come from, these substances play a big role in the development of new lesions.

What kind of food are we talking about?

According to this, eating food like bread, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, soft drinks, and corn,  may precipitate acne. On the other hand if you trade them by things like meat, chicken, quinoa, tuna and Greek yogurt could reduce the number of lesions.

What is my personal view about low-carb diet in acne up to this day?

My recommendation would be to try this 3-4 times a week and give a break with a regular healthy carbs-based diet. There are things to consider such as the calculation of calories and macros per day so it would be smart to  educate yourself on that or contact a nutritionist.

This type of approach is interesting and it might help to some extent in cases that are not too severe. I think that combining this approach to topical treatment could increase the chances to improve the number of lesions.

Warning: you will lose weight, therefore, it is not a good idea to try it if you are underweight.



Paoli A, Grimaldi K, Toniolo L, Canato M, Bianco A, Fratter A.
Nutrition and acne: therapeutic potential of ketogenic diets. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2012;25(3):111-7.