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High Protein Diets and Acne

author image Colleen Meheen
Colleen Meheen is a certified personal trainer through the ISSA, and has years of experience in the fields of holistic nutrition. Her passion for preventative wellness creates her active lifestyle up in the Rockies of Colorado. She has been the fashion editor for Lifestyle Media Group and an inspirational writer for Reign Media Group L.L.C.
High Protein Diets and Acne
Although more evidence is needed, high-protein diets help fight acne. Photo Credit: Image Source/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Your protein intake is one of many factors that might play a role in the potential link between your diet and risk of developing acne. However, following a high-protein diet is unlikely to lead to more acne. In fact, a small amount of preliminary evidence suggests that a high-protein and low-glycemic diet may make you less prone to acne.

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Protein and Acne

In a 2007 trial published in the "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology," young men following a high-protein diet with a low glycemic load for 12 weeks had significantly less acne than those following a standard diet. The researchers note that this might be because high-protein diets help to reduce your weight and increase the ratio of insulin-like growth factor to free testosterone in your body.[Ref 1] Although a 2011 review in "Dermato-Endocrinology" points out that these effects likely arise solely from the low glycemic load,[Ref 2] more research is needed to explore the possible links between protein, other dietary factors and acne.[Ref 1, 2]

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