3 Foods That Make Acne Worse

Can you make a bad situation worse? Some studies and people will claim eating certain foods can and will make your acne worse than it already is. The good news? Well, chances are you won’t cause acne because of eating the food on this list—maybe it would contribute, but more often than not there is another factor, unless you are allergic and a result of that allergy is acne.

Saturated Fat

Saturated fat is a big part of most fast food as well as fried food, and as such is the main culprit behind food-related acne breakouts. It is not really clear why this is the case, one theory indicates the saturated fat clogs your pores, but multiple studies show people who consumed more food high in saturated fat had worse acne than those who did not.

Refined Carbohydrates

Foods with a lot of refined carbohydrates—such as cookies, muffins, and other baked goods—are almost always highly processed. The refined carbohydrates also mean there is likely to be added sugar and other harmful ingredients when it comes to acne and breakouts. This type of food is often linked to spikes in blood sugar, which is supposed to be a contributor to acne breakouts.


This one is a little contentious, but generally if you do not tolerate milk well, you are probably at a higher risk for moderate to severe acne and more breakouts. In addition, some feel milk and some other dairy products will cause a spike in testosterone, the aftereffects of which can result in increased acne. The only way to  truly know if this is the case for you, however, is to experiment with your diet and cut out one thing at a time—since you could cut out milk without your acne changing, while another person could see a dramatic difference.