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Tip: Diet and Acne

Dr. Bobby Buka discusses the link between diet and acne, and the importance of including plenty of low glycemic foods in your diet.

Dr. Bobby Buka discusses the link between diet and acne, and how one of the best defenses against acne could be a strategically-stocked pantry. In the past, doctors used to think there was no link between diet and acne. However, recent studies are changing these beliefs. 

Doctors are learning that foods high in sugar, also called high glycemic index foods, can trigger acne breakouts. Examples of high glycemic foods include potatoes, white bread and candy. Studies have shown that high glycemic foods can lead to acne by raising testosterone levels, a hormone responsible for producing oil on the skin. Oil blocks the skin's pores, leading to pimples. 

On the other hand, low glycemic foods have been shown to reduce acne, at least in men aged 18-25. Selecting low glycemic foods such as whole wheat bread, brown rice and vegetables may help to curb acne breakouts. 

As studies continue to show the connection between diet and acne, make sure you keep these low glycemic foods high on your grocery list. 

Bobby Buka, MD

This video features Bobby Buka, MD. Dr. Buka is a section chief at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Buka is also a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and the Society for Pediatric Dermatology.

Duration: 0:30. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: May 21, 2014
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