This article is based on an expert interview with Margareth Pierre-Louis, MD, conducted by wikiHow Staff Editors. Dr. Margareth Pierre-Louis is a board certified Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist, Physician Entrepreneur, and the Founder of Twin Cities Dermatology Center and Equation Skin Care in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twin Cities Dermatology Center is a comprehensive dermatology clinic treating patients of all ages through clinical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and telemedicine. Equation Skin Care was created to provide the best in evidence-based, natural skin care products. Dr. Pierre-Louis earned a BS in Biology and an MBA from Duke University, an MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed a residency in dermatology at the University of Minnesota, and completed a dermatopathology fellowship at Washington University in St Louis. Dr. Pierre-Louis is board certified in dermatology, cutaneous surgery, and dermatopathology by the American Boards of Dermatology and Pathology.
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The foods you eat can have an impact on the health and appearance of your skin, both good and bad. There's a lot of misinformation around what foods can cause breakouts. Is acne caused by chocolate? Or fast food? Or sugar? In this video, dermatologist Margareth Pierre-Louis talks about some of the most common acne-causing foods that you can limit (or cut out completely) from your diet. She also discusses foods that can actually help prevent breakouts and keep your skin healthy and clear.
- Avoid foods that are high in sugar and fat since they can cause breakouts.
- Milk, chocolate, and cheese have been known to trigger acne.
- Eat foods that are high in antioxidants and rich in vitamin A and potassium, which can all help prevent breakouts.
Foods that are high in sugar content. Foods that are high in fat, especially things like milk, naturally even partial milks like the 2% milks, those tend to be triggers for acne. I've had patients tell me that even chocolate can trigger their acne. And then definitely very cheesy or other high content foods. What we know can help acne? We know that foods that are high in antioxidants can help. Foods that are rich in vitamin A. Potassium. Those things can help stabilize the oil glands so that you can have an even complexion without the acne breakouts.