Many of our patients at SkinCare Physicians ask if they should change their diet to help improve their acne. Fortunately, there have been many studies looking at possible links between diet and acne. SkinCare Physicians’ Dr. Tania Phillips sheds some light on which foods to avoid and which foods can help.
Foods with high levels of polyphenols can help to decrease inflammation and may also possibly help acne. Polyphenols are natural micronutrients packed with antioxidant molecules. Polyphenols are found in many plant-based foods including nuts, berries, fruits, green vegetables, dark chocolate, extra virgin olive oil, wine and green tea. Polyphenols have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used for reducing sebum production in the skin and for treatment of acne.
In summary to help improve your acne, try the following dietary changes:
Keeping a food and acne diary for a few weeks may help you to identify which foods affect your acne. Also, remember that other factors such as stress may trigger or worsen acne.
While some evidence suggests that diet can possibly affect acne, diet changes alone may not prevent or clear breakouts. If your acne persists, the dermatologists at SkinCare Physicians recommend to seek a medical treatment.
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