Does Eating Pizza Cause Acne?

Does Pizza Cause Acne?

School is just around the corner and this has been a popular question in my office this week. My mother always said it did, but does eating pizza really cause acne?

Yes, it does.

Eating simple carbohydrates such as white bread, bagels, and pizza can worsen acne. Simple carbohydrates are high-glycemic foods — they cause spikes in your blood sugar because the food is quickly digested then dumped into your blood stream. The resulting high blood sugar causes hormonal changes and inflammation that then triggers acne.

To tame your acne this school-year, change to a low-glycemic diet. Eat complex carbohydrates that are digested slowly avoiding sugar spikes and hormone changes. Here are three tips for an acne-busting diet:

  • Cut out high-glycemic foods such as blended coffee drinks, soft drinks, energy drinks, pasta, pastries, baguettes, watermelon, mangoes and potatoes.
  • Choose high fiber veggies such as asparagus, artichokes, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, leafy greens, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and legumes such as black beans, chick peas, pinto beans, lentils and soy beans.  Eat low-glycemic fruits such as apples, berries, grapefruit, pears, plums and oranges.
  • Avoid processed flours. Instead eat 100% whole grains such as oats, barley, brown rice, millet, quinoa, wild rice, whole wheat pasta and bulgur.
Follow these tips and you be looking (and feeling) much better for your first co-ed dance this year.
Photo:, flickr

7 thoughts on “Does Eating Pizza Cause Acne?”

  1. Its a cute picture anyway, even if pizza can cause acne.

  2. What if you eat pizza with gluten free crust, however? My endocrinologist is going to test me next month for celiac’s and my gastrolentorologist told me that no matter what the results, I should go on a gluten free diet. Since more and more places and companies are often gluten free foods, can one avoid many of the acne problems by staying gluten free?

  3. Always wondered this as well — great topic DermDoc!

  4. Yes. And this is why I also get my acne clients on a good probiotic to help balance the gut. 🙂

  5. It makes sense to me that your diet does affect your acne. But it always makes me wonder why certain people in the field will never take the time to acknowledge that. Thank you for the article, it was very informative, and that picture is just to cute !


  6. Thanks for the post! Very helpful information, but now I have no excuses to eat pizza. Oh well. The gain should be better than the loss.

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