How a Food Journal Can Help Your Acne

If you think food is triggering your acne, then keep a food journal for one month to identify the triggers. Eliminate those foods and see if your acne improves in following months.


You woke up with a pimple on your chin and immediately think, “Damn that chocolate chip cookie last night.” Was it the cookie? Or was it the glass of milk that accompanied it? Or how about that slice of pepperoni pizza from two days ago?

What foods do cause acne? The frustrating truth is that we don’t know for sure. But we do know that a well-balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and good fats is healthy for your body and your skin.

Fortunately, no one knows your skin as well as you. So if you think food is triggering your acne, then keep a food journal for a month. Every day write down everything you eat and drink, and assess your level of acne. Is it mild, moderate or severe? Then use a highlighter to mark your worst breakouts. See what you’ve eaten in the prior 72 hours. Eliminate those foods that triggered your acne. See if your acne improves in following months.

Let us know what you discovered!

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8 thoughts on “How a Food Journal Can Help Your Acne”

  1. MeQueriMeina says:

    Thank you for this Information 🙂
    I’ll do it…Soon 😀

  2. Whoa I’ve never actually thought about doing this before. I’m guessing it would be a bit of a pain to do, but it would certainly be interesting to see what foods you take in over a certain period of time.

    Awesome idea!

  3. Glad you like it, Vanessa. Let me know how it works out for you.

  4. I’d love to hear about acne and hormones in women over age 30. Could you point me in the right direction?

  5. Indy, hormones can play a major role in women who have acne. Keeping a journal can still help with that. It would be helpful to track your acne and your menstrual cycle to determine when flare-ups occur. I would also suggest talking to your dermatologist and OB-Gyn, as they might be able to offer advice for your specific condition.

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