Complementary medicine update

Acne and diet – there is a link

Neil J Mann



Although there is no evidence that any individual food causes acne, it seems probable that several dietary factors interact to cause or exacerbate acne, possibly based on a mechanism involving insulin resistance.

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A recent study challenges the current medical paradigm that diet and acne are not linked. The study concluded that acne is nutritionally related through a mechanism involving insulin resistance, and hypothesised that lowering hyperinsulinaemia through dietary modification (by changing to a higher protein low-glycaemic load diet) may decrease the incidence and severity of acne.