Sugar and acne/blemishes

Do you eat sugar, grape sugar, soda and chocolate? Do you get pimples and acne? Do you really get a nice skin by not eating sugar?

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Question: “Sugar and acne/blemishes”

Hi Mads,

Unfortunately, I’m another victim of acne and have been given drugs by my doctor, but it doesn’t seem to help.

I eat healthy and exercise. At the same time, I want to gain some weight, but I can’t eat anything I want to because of the acne…

I know that sugar can make acne worse, but does that go for dextrose too? I have a recipe for some “Weight gainer” with rice milk, oatmeal and dextrose, but I don’t want to eat it, if the dextrose will worsen my acne.


Answer to: “Sugar and acne/blemishes”

Dear Nicolai,

Do not worry about eating sugar when it comes to your acne. Because there is no documentation or research that proves that certain foods (like sugar) will worsen acne. The only thing that can have a negative effect on acne is products made from cow’s milk because of the high contents of hormones.

With that being said, naturally you should not eat things that you are allergic to and will cause you to have acne. For example, if you eat chocolate and then get acne, then maybe you are allergic to it.

But then again, it is very individual from person to person.

For example, some people can drink coca cola and eat pizza and still have great and acne-free skin.

I really hope that you can use my answer.

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