The Connection Between Diet and Acne

April 9, 2024
7 min read
The Connection Between Diet and Acne

Struggling to tame hormonal acne? Are you tired of dealing with acne breakouts? Are you looking for solutions to help reduce symptoms? Have you considered how your diet could impact your acne? What we eat can play a significant role in our skin's health.  

Understanding the Connection Between Food and our Skin

First things first, let's talk about why your diet matters when it comes to acne. You've probably heard the saying, "You are what you eat," and this couldn't be truer when it comes to your skin.  

While acne is often associated with hormonal changes and genetics, what you put into your body can influence those dreaded flare-ups.

Foods That May Trigger Acne

Certain foods can exacerbate acne and skin troubles; let's spotlight the culprits.

While this will vary from person to person as our skin is unique to each of us, here are some common suspects to watch out for:

1. Sugar and Refined Carbs

Sugary treats and refined carbs like white bread and pastries can wreak havoc on your skin. They spike your blood sugar levels, leading to increased oil production and inflammation, which can create the perfect recipe for breakouts.

2. Dairy Products

We know we love dairy, too! But your favourite milkshake might not be doing your skin any favours. Dairy products, especially skim milk, have been linked to acne due to their hormonal content and ability to increase insulin levels.

3. Greasy and Fried Foods

While that greasy burger might be oh-so-tempting, limiting your intake of fried and greasy foods is best. They can contribute to clogged pores and worsen existing acne.

Acne-Friendly Foods to the Rescue

Now, let's discuss the good stuff: here are some foods that can support our skin and help alleviate symptoms.

Here are some foods that can help soothe your troubled skin. Incorporating these acne-friendly options into your diet might lead to clearer days ahead:

1. Fruits and Vegetables

Load up on colourful fruits and veggies rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrient powerhouses help fight inflammation and promote skin health from the inside out.

2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Incorporate foods like salmon, walnuts, and chia seeds packed with omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats have anti-inflammatory properties, making them a great addition to your anti-acne arsenal.  

3. Green Tea

Try swapping some sugary beverages for green tea, a hydrating and acne-fighting elixir. Packed with antioxidants, green tea helps detoxify your skin and reduce inflammation.

How to Treat Acne

Acne medication has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. In contrast to a decade ago, these days it’s now possible to get a personalised acne treatment delivered directly to your door. And that’s what we offer at MiQuest - customised, expertly-formulated treatment for acne with ingredients that are formulated specifically for you.

The MiQuest system is simple. Firstly, our facial scanning technology analyses your skin so that our prescribers can diagnose your skin condition and prescribe the right formulations for you. Your acne cream subscription will be delivered to your door with a quick and easy routine you need to follow:  

  • Morning: cleanse, moisturise, apply your SPF
  • Evening: cleanse, moisturise, apply your Q-Stick

It’s important you stick to this routine as it works to put your skin in the best possible position to soak up all the active ingredients it needs from your personalised Q-Stick. And don’t be tempted to just slather on the Q-Stick as often as possible. It works best at night when your skin is able to reset and restore as it’s not facing any daytime stressors such as pollution, anxiety, or extreme weather conditions.

As you follow your MiQuest skincare routine, we’ll be with you every step of the way. We offer check-ins to catch up and see how your skin is doing, and if we feel like you’d benefit from having your prescription ingredients altered, we’ll do that for you. We want you to see fantastic results as much as you do, so you can count on us to be here for the journey.


So, there you have it – the lowdown on the connection between diet and acne. While there's no one-size-fits-all solution, being mindful of what you eat can make a difference in your skin's journey to clarity.

Experiment with incorporating more acne-friendly foods into your meals and see how your skin responds. And remember, it's okay to treat yourself now and again, but it’s great to be mindful and make some adjustments where possible.

Remember, acne is just a small part of who you are, and taking care of your skin is an act of self-love.

Take a look at MiQuest’s personalised skincare solutions, and sign up for early access. If you’re keen to stay up to date with our news and latest offers, subscribe to our newsletter (at the bottom of our homepage) and you’ll be the first to hear about all things MiQuest.

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