Acne Diet

An Acne Diet has shown to be effective among some people struggling with mild to moderate acne.

Acne (pimples) has some relationship with nutrition, however there is little credible research providing links between certain food groups and acne.

As an acne sufferer it is a process of trial and error. However there are some dietary guidelines that may be useful.

Foods That May Cause Acne

acne-dietAs part of an acne diet, these foods should be avoided.

  • Foods with saturated fats and trans fats can contribute to oily skin. Saturated fats are found in most animal products – such as meats, dairy, and poultry. However the body does still require other essential fatty acids – such as from fish,Β  flaxseed or hempseed oil.
  • Some believe that a high calorie intake (i.e. eating too much) can lead to increased hormone levels, and subsequently more ‘break-outs’ – but this is unproven.
  • Refined sugars and carbs. It is believed that high sugary diets helps to feed the bacteria that cause acne. Many who have “cleaned” up their diet have seen improvement.
  • Soft Drinks. Cutting out soft drinks as part of an acne diet has also been linked with improved skin as long as the soft drinks are replaced with plain water.
  • Processed foods. These foods are laden with refined carbs, sugars, salt, and preservatives, which affects the health of many organs including the skin.
  • High levels of iodine in the diet does impact some acne sufferers – by causing new outbreaks of acne lesions. Note that very salty (iodized salt) foods such as chips etc, contain high levels of iodine and should be avoided.

What About Chocolate?

Many believe there is a direct relationship between eating chocolate and increased acne.

However this is unproven – although chocolate can have a high proportion of saturated fats. When eating chocolate choose the variety with the highest percentage of cacao you can tolerate (i.e. 70-90% dark chocolate). This will also have a lower percentage of added sugar.

Acne Treatment Methods

Besides an acne diet, there are some treatments that have been shown to be effective.

  1. Anti-Sebum Cream w/ Green Tea – reduces oil, clears pores and kills bacteria associated with acne.
  2. Proactive – A topical treatment system developed by dermatologists.
  3. Some people have found that Vitamin A and Zinc have helped with acne.
  4. In addition Green Tea could also be incorporated into the acne diet (as it leads to a decrease in androgen production).

Foods ThatΒ Help Treat Acne

Adversely, an acne diet that includes the following foods may help to heal acne.

  • A higher protein intake may assist in acne control.
    This may be to do with the decreased production of a certain enzyme that can cause more oil production, and increased clogging of pores. A diet with 60-70% carbohydrates may be too high in carbs. Diets like The Paleo Diet may help.
  • Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.
    These foods are full of vitamins and minerals and nourish your skin properly.
  • Drink plenty of water.
    Water helps to flush away toxins and hydrate the skin. Aim for at least 8 glasses a day.

See the Acne No More diet


Medline Plus acne information
American Academy of Dermatology

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Goulden, V., Stables, G. I., & Cunliffe, W. J. (1999). Prevalence of facial acne in adults. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 41(4), 577-580. link
  • Caperton, C., Block, S., Viera, M., Keri, J., & Berman, B. (2014). Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study Assessing the Effect of Chocolate Consumption in Subjects with a History of Acne Vulgaris. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 7(5), 19. link
  • Williams, H. C., Dellavalle, R. P., & Garner, S. (2012). Acne vulgaris. The Lancet, 379(9813), 361-372. link


  1. Josie

    I Have had acne now for two years and have tried loads of stuff that have not only cost me a fortune in money but made my skin look and feel worse. I have recently tryed taking milk thistle tablets three times a day as they help boost your liver into action, clearing your body of toxins and excess hormones( main cause of both teenage and adult acne) that build up in your body. So far this has worked. its a slow road, well it took two weeks to start clearing, but unlike anything else i have tryed there are no horrible side effects, it doesnt take up half your day to do and you dont have to walk around with things plastered on your face, which lets face it makes you feel less attractive!!! although i will say do not compromise your normal skin care rountine, wash face morning and night and exfoliate once a week.

  2. SP

    I recommend replacing sugary drinks with unsweetened green or white tea with a lot of water too. Also rubbing the teabag on your face after. Eat a lot of high fiber foods and high protein. This is what has seemed to work for me.

  3. I have the cure

    I swear to you people, drink nothing but H20. That means no more sodas or sugary drinks, no energy drinks especially. I’ve tried water in the past but never exclusively; I’d also drink milks and juices and stuff too. But just take a multivitamin since you wont be drinking anything else to get all your nutrients. Also you can get water at any restaurante, even fast food, and the easiest way to consume a lot in a short period of time is buying one liter bottles, drink refill and throw it in the fridge, you consume so much more then glass by glass for some reason. Like i said ive had acne for years and i swear by this method, just try it for 3 days and youll have no new breakouts.

  4. um..

    someone actually said it was in their genes.
    from hbanana: “..Acne runs in my family”

  5. to me its a curse

    I am 13 and have suffered from acne on my back for about a year now and i cant take it anymore. i often have break downs and start crying and once it was so bad i waswalking around my house in long pants big jacket a scarf around my face and a beanie. nobody in my family has acne problems or ever did! So WHY ME???? i have a boy friend who also has a few skin problems but i am still so self concious about it. My mom says i have to work from the inside out but its so hard. its not that i eat badly its just that nothing ever seems to work PLEASE HELP ME !!!!!!?????

  6. In the jeans...

    I skimmed quickly through these msgs, and didn’t notice any mention that it’s in our family genes, as well. In my family, most of my aunts/uncles, mom, sisters, brother, cousins… well, you get the point, we ALL suffered from acne. As an adult with NO acne, but the dreaded low self-esteem I gained during my teen and mid 20’s… I can honestly say that NOTHING worked for me, but good ‘ol WATER and exercise. My niece now suffers and I see myself in her. I want to help her because I know what she is going through. My facial guru suggested that the product line, Dermalogica works wonders. I purchased her an ACNE teen Starter kit, and it is working. I wish they offered this when I was a teen. Anyway, there is hope. Just be patient, and don’t pick. I picked and picked, and luckily I don’t look like Edward James Olmos or George Lopez (google E.J.O., kids. I doubt you’ve heard of him). Anyway, girls, stop with packing on the makeup! It worsens the problem.

  7. AcneIsNotMyFriend

    As someone who has suffered from acne on and off for over 15 years, I can tell you through experiences that OTC products do nothing but take your money, and aside from OVER-ALL health, diet has little correlation with acne. It’s all hormones, health and hygiene. To anyone who is suffering still, take the advice of those who have spoken about common sense solutions- Drink lots of water, eat right, wash your face twice a day and after physical activity (with a gentle cleanser), exercise, do not use makeup unless absolutely necessary (and be sure to wash it off as soon as possible), etc.
    Acne sucks, but remember, it won’t last forever. πŸ™‚

  8. cb

    Don’t give up. I believe you can control acne with a very healthy diet…it’s working for me and has taken me many years to work out through trial, error and a hell of a lot of reading. In short this is it…it’s kind of vegan, I guess. If your diet’s not good when you start this, you’re going to feel like you have flu for few days, but hang in there because you’re going to lose weight, get fit and improve your skin. This is a brain dump, but I’m getting together a more detailed sheet and I’ll be putting on the web in the next few weeks.

    1. No alcohol.
    2. No caffeine (no coffee, tea, chocolate).
    3. No meat…that’s right, at least for the 1st 6 months. Introduce it later, and see if it causes break-outs. It’s actually easy to live without meat. I’m into running, skiing, mountain-biking, soccer and since going veggo, I’m actually faster and fitter.
    4. No dairy….no milk, no cheese, no eggs, no ice cream
    5. Don’t eat too much…little and often.
    6. No oats.
    7. Supplement vitamin C (at least 1gram a day) and zinc (15mg a day). But go easy on supplements…your priority is to eat well.
    8. Eat only fresh veg and fruit. Go easy on high glycaemic stuff though such as dried figs etc as the sugar content can cause breakout. Buy a vegan/vegetarian cook book for ideas. Eat lots of lentils – good source of protein. Lots of brown rice.
    9. No sugar, no cakes, no desserts, don’t eat anything with sugar.
    10. Think positive, don’t get down. Use affirmations. (eg. say “I am beautiful and acne free” ten times in the morning…it sounds crazy, but it focuses your subconscious to come up with solutions)
    11. Treat yourself like the precious manifestation of life that you are…really look after yourself…get plenty of sleep.
    12. Exercise regularly. Running is cheap and easy to do.
    13. Absolutely no junk food. No saturated fats. Listen to your body…does it really want that burger or are you eating it for comfort?
    14. Don’t overload your skin with cosmetics and acne remedies.
    15. Moisturise your skin…when you feel ready.
    16. Shower every day.
    17. Good posture!

    I can recommend reading The Optimum Nutrition Bible, by Patrick Holford. Plus do a search on amazon for Positive Thought…I recommend the Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Or anything by Robin Sharma. Don’t spend a single second of the day thinking negatively. Choose your thoughts.

    Do a search on Amazon for acne diet books. Man, there is so much information about…it’ll boil down to the above, but don’t take my word for it. Read, read, read.

    Hope it helps.

  9. crazygolfer

    I’m a MEGA-sweet tooth but I don’t have a lot of pimples cuz I use this stuff called “Pot of Gold” and it’s made from natural honey and all this other stuff (I’m too lazy to get the tub that says whats on it) and you have to rub a thin layer of it (so you look sweaty) on the pimples and around them and it works. Don’t do it in the morning, night works best because then it has more time to work its magic.

    I must issue a WARNING though. People who have allergies to skin-plastering things and are majorly allergic to bees, don’t use this stuff because it comes from natural honey so it might contain bee venom. Chances are unlikely cuz I’ve used this for ages and I haven’t broken out in anything (I’m mildy allergic to bees, I only break out in little hives).

    On the brighter side you can also try it on stuff like eczyma and swelling. For more go to

    Trust me dudes, it works!!! πŸ˜€

  10. n

    i have really bad spots but all over my back. i’m really embarrasse to let guys see me when i go swimming


    hey guys,

    well I just want to advise u all that antibiotics and birth control pills that help with ur acne are VERY dangerous. Yes they do help me somewhat but teens are getting acne at very young ages these days… we can blame the modified food and growth hormones given to animals we eat for this… don’t forget that “you are what you eat”…

    we often hear that we should avoid chocolate or this or that but how come some people eat it and still have a clear face… well I was reading and I found out that you should be eating accoriding to your BLOOD GROUP! So you better know if ur an A, B, AB, or the O. Avoiding certaing foods and eating ones you should be eating accoriding to you blood group are going to be very benificial. Trust me when I say: everything I have tried so far (soaps, creams, pills, etc…) has not helped me so much that I can actually not have to worry about how my face/back look in public. When you have a chance go look at how many teans out of 10 in america have acne and then go look at how many in astern Europe do. It’s because they are able to control what they eat…

    I have a realllllly bad case of acne, I get enough of physical activity, I almost never eat chocolate, I was my face 2 times a day (remember that over washing it can make your acne worse), I try not tuching my face too much, I use crams and everything, but I still have the acne and yes it does get worse when that time of the month comes around… I’m really gonna the whole food thing… sadly I don’t know what my blood group is so I’m going to get that checked 2morrow.

    For those of you who have tried everything out there and just wanna give up… please please please try what I’m about to try as well, the stories I’ve read/hear are amazing πŸ™‚

    For a few days follow the basic rules (wash 2 times per day, dont touch your face, dont wear make up, etc…) anddd try to just drink a lot of water with the food suggested in your Blood Group, nothing elseee! For me in the past I’ve noticed that HOMEMADE carrot juice works well, might work for you too πŸ™‚

    I hope you found this useful, and I wish you all the best of luck and eating right!

    I remember reading that if you are an O Blood type group you should avoid most dairy products from cows, it’s best to drink goat milk.

  12. Steph

    My acne is under control after more than 10 years. I found the best routine is a foaming cleanser washed off with an exfoliating puff (gently) followed by a salicylic acid toner, twice a day. Occasional (DIY shop bought) glycolic peels work well too. Birth control and antibiotics worked a little, but not completely- everyone’s skin is different though, so don’t write them off. Medically, there is some evidence that avoiding dairy and high sugar products can help (as quoted by Dr Christian Jennssen on Channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Illnesses’) and i must say, my skin has improved a lot since i have made a conscious effort to cut down on sugar- not easy for a sweet tooth like me, but worth it!

  13. A clear face, finally

    Try birth control – it really works! Also, excercising is a great way to de-tox your skin. Just wash your face afterwards. Also, some shampoos can trigger acne, and frizz-control products too. Being a girl, I’m always fooling around with my hair and the two things that really bring bacteria to the face are hands and hair (big surprise). I’m currently on BC as well as Differin and Clindamycin (or however you spell it). My skin seems to finally have cleared up. It’s amazing. Also, limit junk food – even though it might not cause acne, it’s still bad for your body and mind! (Also, eating more pumpkin seeds and using primrose oil is nice for your skin.)

  14. umm...please take down the mirrors

    everytime i wake up i dread making that slow walk to bathroom mirror. i see nothing but read blotchy spot of acne. They are way beneath the skin and they hurt. i don’t won’t to go places and i don’t even want my own family to see me.(i have a big family). i have read most of these comments…most of them say drink lots of water, eat right and exercise. so i guess that’s what i am going to do. i’ll get back to you about how this had worked out for me.

  15. griztelly

    birth control pills worked for me. =)

  16. felling the pain

    I started to get acne in the fourth grade, it was torture. None of my classmates new what was on my face so I was considered a freak. I’m now in the eighth grade and my acne has only gotten worse.I’m often picked on and called pepperone face. Haveing acne is one of the worst things imaginable and i can’t help but envy thoes around me with perfect skin.I like so many people hace tried over the counter drugs along with proactive nothing seems to work. I just hope and pray for a mericle.

  17. want to help

    laser hair removal works…. alot of my friends that had bad acne and hair(obviously) got laser hair removal and because the hair is gone and the pore is closed you will get really clear skin. it worked for about 5 girls that i know, give it a shot! Good luck!

  18. allstarqb

    i was doing some research online and i saw this new treatment that includes creams and natural pills that clean from the inside out. the treatment is called clearpores and i was wondering if u guys knew about it or tried so u can tell me if it is worth buying or not. thanx

  19. kid

    get OXY acne wash. not the scrub pads. Use it twice a day in the morning at night. dont use too much and dont leave it on too long. take a vitamin with vitamin A. dont eat alot of grease. its workin for me mostly.

  20. question and advice??? =]

    i had mild acne and i got something prescribed from the doctor, it works [except for the occasional pimple breakout{chin, and corner of my forehead}]. so i would definetly reccomend something doctor prescribed and i want to help get rid of those little brekouts but i dont wanna do anything majorly drastic… wat options are there for me???

  21. No Egg

    Give up the eggs. No food with egg, raw, baked,boiled or fried. Yes, no cookies or muffins.

  22. ANa

    i have bad acne in i am not even a teen yet. i eat no shugar at all and still have bad acne but i clean my face 3 times a day it works!!! πŸ™‚

  23. lissa

    when i stopped drinking soda about 11 months ago my acne went away, especially those pimples that are on the cheeks and impossible to get rid of, before then i was on antibiotics and cream, the one antibiotic had a nasty side effect. i agree with dyana a balanced diet is needed to clear up acne and sleep.

  24. dyana

    i had acne, pimples, blackhead, etc since i was 12. it was hard for a teenager to face such condition. it was worse when i had chicken pox and started suffering from body acne. i tried many stuffs, claimed to help with the condition. none works until i went to see a dermatologist. and i started taking Diane-35, a hormone pill to help clear the acnes.

    now, it has been a year since my acne started to clear up. the only thing left are the scars (can’t stop myself from picking at them) and occasional breakouts. healthy and balanced diet is a sure thing to help with acne. drinks lots of water, if possible, water that has been boiled instead of tap water. try to get yourself to exercise and to completely clean yourself afterwards. change your bedsheets and pillow cases frequently (if possible, weekly). and never forget to doze off at least 6-7 hours daily. it’s a sure thing that’ll help with acne.

    try it.

  25. hmmm

    acne sucks… but if u sleep drink lots of water clean ur face eat right and stay active ull be okay.. stay up

  26. martin

    My acne is so bad right now that I just feel like scratching my face off at times please help

  27. Clear Skin

    What worked 4 me
    -drink at least 64 oz. of water daily ( when you sweat and go to the bathroom you are relasing toxins, water will help flush you out)
    – mix cranberry juice with water and drink that on the side (cranberry juice is a great at removing toxins from your body)
    -eat many berries, especially blue berries (especially in morning Ie: shakes, cereal…)
    – diet: mostly fruits, veggies, soups (not fattening), lean meat, minimize salt, no refined anything, only complex carbs (unless you are an athlete and need it for a specific event), minimize chocolate (and chocolate milk, if you must have chocolate milk have chocolate almond milk, and eat carob instead of chocolate.) If you can do with out chocolate and carob then you will be better off. Not allot of Dairy: NO ICE CREAM!!! My alternative is Goat: yogurt, cheese, and butter. I sometimes have skim milk, but moslty I have Rice milk. Eat whole grain cereals, 9 grain and Sqaw breads. Corn, spelt, or grain tortillas. IF you can, it is hard and difficult to find, but I don’t eat gluten so my choices are gluten free breads, cereals, and pastas ( rice bread is the best).I hardly ever have breads though, if I’m going to cheat my favorite is cinnimon and rasin rice bread(Try not to eat allot of pastas or breads limit yourself to 2-3x’s a week). All this helps to clean you out and get rid of fattening, acne causing toxins. Also have nuts CAUTION: do not eat untill you drop! You must be in control of your self! For nuts try: almonds, cashews, walnuts, raisins(I know, it’s not a nut) and others. Limit your slef on the peanuts and peanut butter, they soak up the toxins from the soil. Try almond butter instead.
    -Vitamins and minerals: (remember I am only telling you what I did, and it helped me, I am no prfessional) try taking vitamin supplements along with your veggies and fruits. I take Vit. C (helps everything), Food Caroteen (helps skin, and many other things), Vit E, D, B12, B6, etc…. consult a PROFESSIONAl before taking my advice on any of this!!!! (try to eat organic)
    -skin deep: I also use proactive every now and then, but it won’t help if you pick, I also go to an estition, to her I owe my skin to the company name is CRYSTAL SKIN care. she has helped me so much(expensive and sometimes painful but very worth it)! Girls, if you wear make up, try using Young Blood Cosmetics, they are spcifically desinged for us, they can (depending on what you buy) help with oil, and they hide things vey well. I try to ice my face every night, it helps the swelling go down, for 2-3 minutes.
    NO PICKING, NO TOUCHING, NO SCRATCHING, NO FEELING, NO STARING, NO THINKING, NO SQUEEZING!!! I say no staring b/c if you stare long enough or think about it long enough, you will end up trying to pop it and end up making problems worse in the long run. Stay at least 3 feet away from mirror @ all times and dont touch or fell your face. wash 2x’s daily, when drying, blot dont rub.
    – Aloe will help w/ scars and break outs. it must be pure though. I put ADE cream on my face(vitamins A, D &E) either use organic shampoo or bedhead moisture maniac, it will help even if you have oily hair. Also try milk of magnasia.
    -Work out hard 3-8x’s a week, but do somehting everyday. sweating helps release toxins( thats why its important to drink lots of water so you can release them) wear loose fitting clothes and rinse your body afterwards and UR face. I hope this helps. I know how hard it is, but know that you can do this, that you won’t pick, and in the end youll win ,not your ance.
    good luck, you can do it, if i can you can. Sorry for the poor spelling and mistakes. Got back from soccer tournament and its late. This might make you loose weight if you are overweight or are not healthy. so if you dont want weight loss eat many complex carbs, protein and fiber (protien and fiber regardless of your weight, fiber will cleanse you if u drink enough water) u will be happy with results ,b ut if you decide to stop this, after a while of doing it, go off slowly or it can get bad again. give your body time to adjust. DO NOT GIVE UP

  28. help

    wat foods help clear acne the best and which should i avoid? i need to clear acne in 2 weeks!!!

  29. Gurney

    Water & more Water Folks! catch urself Eatn junk? stop right away cuz u will regret it! go 2 tha Docs get perscribd medicatn!

  30. hbanana

    Wow it’s great to see that there are others having the same problems! I use Proactiv and my face has cleared up a lot, but I agree that it’s probably not a good thing for me to have to buy and use this product indefinitely. Acne runs in my family so I’ll probably have it for a while (it started in fourth or fifth grade – yuck!). I don’t think I could ever scrub my face with an onion, but I will definitely try the vitamin b5 thing since sometimes my acne is cystic. I’m sure the balanced diet thing helps too, and I’m trying for that anyway because I’ve gained a lot of weight this year. Thanks a lot for all the tips, everyone, and good luck too! Oh and I’ve learned not to let my acne control the way I feel about myself. It would be silly to spend the time from late elementary to during college curling up in a corner and hiding my face! Do what you can to clear your skin up, but don’t obsess over a few (or several) pimples. Chances are, in a few years you’ll forget you ever had them.

  31. dill

    I’m 15 and iv had acne for about a year now over that time the most affective products,foods,drinks is water lots and lots of water also i used proactive for a while and it made my skin clear but made it extreamly dry and itchy so i stopped using it then it came back again. But i thought the best thing for acne is to get outside and drink lots of water, healthy foods and the least amount of sugar what so ever, and the surf that was the main thing that helped my skin the saltwater sun and strong currents and waves helped alot ,cleaning my skin really well,i still do have acne but it’s about 70 percent better than what it was so im happy enough for it be that good,it was shocking and i could’nt handle looking directly at people cos of this acne but its slowing but surly going away so lots of fruit and vegetables water and keep the skin clean and most of all keep persistent about it all good luck πŸ™‚

  32. clear in N.C.

    I tried all of the products out there for as long as directed and nothing worked. I think that it is terrible for companies to entice people who suffer from acne with empty promises just to make money off of them. “more products than you think” are just a rip off. Also it is not normal to have to continue to apply artificial creams or take chemicals to cure your body when people with clear skin do not. This is not a normal healthy thing to have to do, and we should not have to do it- or spend our money on it.

    The secret is in a healthy balanced diet, and knowing that your skin can clear up naturally by itself. It is amazing to see how your skin can heal from a cut or scrape if given the proper conditions and not irritated- it can do the same for your acne if you give it the proper conditions.

    Do not pick at your skin or put artificial products (or even natural products) on your face. Let your skin heal itself by giving it what it needs to do its job. Start by drinking lots of water, and eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. When i began taking vitamin b5 my skin cleared up and it was unbelievable. I also found that eating less salt, sugar, and avoiding sugar-filled drinks such as soda really cleared up my skin. Also do not wash your face with harsh soaps. I have found that baby shampoo works great because it is ph balanced just like water. Also do not use a wash cloth or scrub your face hard. Massage it gently with warm water and baby shampoo- then gently pat dry with a towel- other than this avoid touching your face. You should get plenty of sleep- Sleeping helps your body rest and heal.

    If i revert back to an unhealthy diet and forget to take the above advice, my acne will come back. But with a little self control and determination i can cure it again.

    also at certain times of the month when hormone production is high, i must be more careful to pay attention to my diet. There is no magic cure for acne- it takes work. While some people are born with clear skin, we have to put an effort into making it happen for us.

    BUT DON’T GIVE UP- YOU CAN DO IT!!! good luck everyone!

  33. Vi

    Aren’t dairy products and poultry meant to be good for you?
    I’m using bio-oil for my scarring, dunno if it’s working yet cos I havent been using it long. I’m gonna keep trying it though.

  34. natalie

    whenever I binge on junk food, I also drink diet sodas. And then subsequently break out. it’s either the sugar, the aspartame or the food dyes/additives.

  35. Knows by EXPIERIENCE!!!!

    The only thing birth control is good for is preventing BIRTH! (Not even that sometimes, looking around now.) Do not take birth control just because you want to clear up your face, there are to many side effects that can come along with it. And people out there should not be advising people to do this either.

  36. cory


    you all should do some research. just because you use a product and don’t see instant results doesn’t mean it sucks, or that it doesn’t work… it takes 2-3 weeks for a blemish under the skin to become a pimple. so if you use a product and you don’t see results in the first week, or perhaps your acne becomes worse, it doesn’t mean your product sucks. when pimples appear, it means that white blood cells are doing their job by destroying the blemish under your skin, thus producing a visible pimple. sometimes a good product may seem like it’s making your face worse, when really it works better. just be patient, and be consistent!

    Also make sure you drink a good amount of water. Water is such a good thing for us.


    Wash your face once in the morning and once at night, use a toner, and apply an acne cream, EVERY SINGLE MORNING AND NIGHT. Do not skip a morning or night! You will notice results in no more than 2 months (2 months at the most, just be patient, you want that acne to be gone don’t you?)

  37. anonymous

    NEEEVEEER!! use toothpaste in your face!! it doesen’t help

  38. a girl who beat acne

    onion helps for some.

  39. a girl who beat acne

    usually it is hormones. Since i was 14 i could not do anything about my acne. But when i started drinking more water, not 8 glasses, but probably more like 1-1.5 litres per day, plus excersized it helped me. Plus, forget about junk, sweets, bread, cookies, butter, and so on. Fruits, veggies. Do not pick your face, you’ll spread the bacteria! Better treat spot your acne — it will help. For women – birth control helps. Also, go to dermatologyst!
    Good Luck!

  40. wanalooseweight

    Hi im jennz i have tried absolutely everything,vitamin c,steaming my skin,excersing,natural remedies nothing seems to work ,i only get pimples on my nose and forehead,i do eat alot of chips and sweets though ,im a model and i need my face to be completely clear .PLEASE HELP ME

  41. Kris

    Actually high doses of vitamin B5 can help with cystic acne. The type of pimples that form deep under the skins surface. If you have deep acne you need to treat from the inside out. Meaning watch your diet and be sure to get lots of vitamins.

    B5 helps to prevent oily skin, which in return helps fight the pores from being clogged.

    Trust me… I’ve tried everything there is to treat my acne. I just started the B5 treatment… I figured if it’s deep under my skin the only thing that could help would be attacking it from the inside by taking vitamins.

  42. lina

    actually taking vitamin supplements in someway can contribute to the development of acne… as we know multivatamins have from A to Zinc… and sadly they are rich in the vitamin B complex .. my dermatologist said that vitamin B in high dosis can agravate acne lessions..therefore lay off the centrum =D

  43. H

    i have really bad spots, its not just on my face, but all over my back. i’m really embarrasse to let guys see me when i go swimming and stuff. not sure what i can do…i take vitamins every day so can’t be that.

  44. Anonymous


  45. Sara

    I drink plenty of green tea
    I hate junk food
    I eat high protein
    Take vitamins
    I exercise
    and I got acne still
    so this isn’t very effective
    the best thing is to just wash your face/hair every day (the Clean and Clear kit was the only thing that works sort of)
    and girls don’t wear coverup let your skin breathe
    Oh and Origins is a rip off πŸ˜€

  46. ham

    pro active people

  47. skipper

    I am also 17 and have tried several products to clear my acne. (not to mention antibiotics with unfortunate side effects) i recommend getting a lot of sleep and eating foods rich in fibre. this worked well for me, but unfortunately does not do much for any scaring. i found also that weather contributes greatly to the severity of acne – especially hot, humid weather. Also be sure to change your pillow case reguarly and keep your scalp as oil-free as possible.

  48. dkali91

    I’m 17 and I’m suffering from acne since about 2 years. None of the recommended face wash products such as: clearasil etc. did not have any positive effect on my face. I once have found on the internet a cure from one boy and he said that it actually helped him. And the cure that he was describing was “a onion cure” so what he was saying was that you cut onion in half and you massage your face with it. I tried this for about 2 weeks and to be honest it helped. So maybe only fruits and vegetables will help fighting with acne? Looks like all the products from Boots, Superdrug etc. are just useless.

  49. rich

    Having suffered acne since my teens well into my 20’s i’ve tried various diets and methods to control it. The only thing I can say for certain that relates to the above is that since I started weight training and having a high protein diet my acne has lessened considerably. I’d recomend to anyone trying this, drinking a lot of water and doing exercise to open pores and sweat out the bacteria that build up in them.

  50. swollen face

    this is the stupidest thing in the world.
    i tried the vitamin A idea and my face is swollen and it broke out in thick red pimples.

Last Reviewed: January 16, 2018