Adult Acne: Is it hormonal? Diet? Your questions answered.

Jun 11, 2021



Did you know that acne affects almost 10% of the world's population?  There are many reasons for this, including bacteria in our microbiomes, keratin production, raging hormones, inflammatory foods, poor cleaning / hygiene post workout, and more. 


Currently, in modern medicine, the link between diet and acne has been under-researched, but more recently we're finding that diet can play a significant role in acne development.  We asked our internal Wellth Advisors to advise on what's going on the outside, and how that relates to the inside.


How does our diet affect our skin?

Not all skin woes, let alone acne, are created equal.  Acne and inflammation on the face and body are a result of lifestyle (e.g. too much sun), genes, and diets (e.g. inflammatory foods) but in particular, very strongly associated with eating a Western-style diet rich in empty calories, trans fat and refined carbohydrates.

A study published by the National Institute of Health showed that a sample study of 2,300 men found that frequently eating burgers or sausages was linked to a 24% increased risk of developing acne.


What are some examples of inflammatory foods? 

  • Dairy 
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee 
  • Fast food  

These foods spike our insulin levels, and thus encourages the production of hormones that produce sebum, which can cause acne.  


Foods as medicine for acne: 

While the foods discussed above may contribute to the development of acne, there are other foods and nutrients that may help keep your skin clear. These include:

  • Hibiscus: AKA the "Anti-aging" plant of the world, Hibiscus has a magical reputation for increasing skin elasticity to give a stunning natural youth-boost while helping reduce the affects of acne on the skin.  You can find this in our You Dew You (ingestible) and Peak Bloom (topical).
  • Omega-3's: Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, and regular consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of developing acne.  Our Better Than Botox skincare blend is a triple berry threat rich in Omega-3's, especially Sea Buckthorn. 
  • Anti-inflammatory foods: Turmeric (with polyphenol curcumin), Reishi, Ginger, and Ashwagandha all help to promote a healthy gut and balanced microbiome, which is linked to reduced inflammation and a lower risk of acne development.  Find these herbs in our Follow Your Gut or Chill The F* Out blends. 


While the research on diet, and how it impacts acne on the skin, is still developing, the latest studies and trends are promising.  In short, the cost of "cheap" food is in actuality, quite expensive to long-term health or "wellth" as we call it here. 

In the meantime, many of our customers keep a food log or try an "elimination diet" for a few weeks to isolate different ingredients and the impact on the skin. 
 If you'd like to talk to one of our Wellth Advisors, you can book a 1-1 consultation here.