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Does My Diet Trigger Breakouts?

At SkinSmart Dermatology of Sarasota, FL, we work with patients of all ages who have a wide range of skin conditions. One of the most commonly seen conditions at our practice is that of acne. Acne can impact patients of any ethnicity, gender, and age and is not just related to teenagers. The condition can be mild to severe, and can affect one’s self-confidence and self-esteem. When we see patients in our practice who are struggling with acne, we know they have a lot of questions about what to do. One of these questions might be, “is my acne caused by what I’m eating?”

There are many rumors and myths surrounding acne. For example, some people believe that eating chocolate or fried foods can contribute to acne. Others might have heard about dairy products making acne flare-ups worse. Not knowing the answers to these questions can make it difficult for patients to determine if their diet is affecting their condition.

We continue to study and research this area of acne, and we have found some interesting links between acne and diet. For example, the American Academy of Dermatology Association, or AAD, has found that diets low in high-glycemic foods and beverages can help in reducing acne. For example, avoiding foods like white potatoes, pastries, corn flakes, white rice, and white bread. Additionally, there have been certain links found between the consumption of cow’s milk and more troublesome acne. With this in mind, it is always a good idea to keep a food log or diary about what you eat and determine if there is a link from the food to your condition. This can also help our dermatologists at SkinSmart Dermatology pinpoint any food or beverage that may be increasing the severity of acne or acne flare-ups.

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At SkinSmart Dermatology of Sarasota, FL, we believe it is important to educate yourself on your skin conditions and work with an experienced provider to find the treatment options most appropriate for your needs. Our team can be reached by calling (941) 308-7546 to request an appointment at 5911 North Honore Avenue, Suite #210.

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