This is one of those beauty-things where experts have conflicting ideas about it – one minute it’s “yes”; the next minute it’s “no”.
However, I believe that at the end of the day, you know your own body, and as far as junk food giving you acne… I believe it really depends on the person, and their skin type.
(That being said, Do You Really Know Your Skin Type?)
So, does junk food cause acne?
First, we need to look at the cause of acne in general. Is it caused by food? Personally, I believe it’s definitely one of the factors. The others are hormones (the biggest factor), hereditary, dirt, and hygiene.
My thought is this: if you already suffer from acne and have a predisposition for it (genetics, bad luck, etc), junk food, I believe, will definitely affect your skin. Plus, junk food itself is so bad for your body, why wouldn’t it cause a “reaction” like acne on your face?
For example, I struggled with acne as a teen, and still get zits now and again, especially if I overdo it with eating greasy burgers, fries, chips, candy. It’s fine in small amounts, but one week of a bad diet? Guarantee monster zits.
What about dairy?
I’m not a fan and wouldn’t recommend it if you tend to break out. Dairy is pretty inflammatory (one of the reason why, whenever someone asks me for acne help, I tell them stop eating dairy) and full of cow hormones, so it makes sense. Personally, if I eat a lot of dairy (I barely do, just a bit of chocolate now and again), I see it in my skin. See if it works for you – you can try stopping dairy intake for a week or two, and see if your skin clears up. I reckon it will!
What the doctors say…
WebMD puts it best: “Studies show dairy products and high glycemic foods, however, can trigger acne.” I think that says it all, and as always, listen to the professionals!
Still, I don’t think it’s all that bad, and it also depends largely on you. For me, I think I’m in between – I can eat “bad” once in a while with no worries, but if it’s ongoing, my skin will definitely show it. Same with my other friends who has acne prone skin – she can’t have any junk food or even chocolate without breaking out. But for my friends who have naturally clear skin, they can eat whatever they like and their face is still fine.
So the answer is yes and no – but it all depends on your acne situation already: Junk food will probably cause acne if you are already have a history with acne; but if not, you’re probably fine. (It’s not that healthy though, so I’d encourage you to keep the junk food very minimal!)