Most people know that our food consumption affects our digestion and body health. However, do you know that what we eat affects our skin? Yes, you read that right. Some types of food may increase your likelihood of acne, blackheads, redness, and others. 

Here, we list down the three groups of food and their effects on our facial skin. 

Refined Grains and Sugars 

Everyone finds sugar delicious and tasty, and it can be found practically everywhere. However, when consumed more than the recommended amount, which is around 24 grams per day, sugar can cause dietary and dermatological problems. For instance, sugar can break down collagen and elastin, which leads to crows feet and fine lines. 

Not only that, but the sugar found in refined grains can also lead to acne formation. This is because refined grains are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, which rapidly increases blood sugar levels and increases insulin levels, as they try to flush the sugar out of the system. However, this influx of insulin triggers the growth hormone, which increases the production of sebum (oily substance) on the layers of skin and increases the likelihood of acne growth. 

Examples of refined grains and sugars include white pasta, white bread, white rice, noodles, cake, sweet beverages, and sweeteners. 


You may be wanting to enjoy a good time with some alcoholic drinks, however, it is best to keep track of how much you have consumed. This is because excessive alcohol consumption will increase the redness and blotchiness of your skin due to the metabolising act of the liver. 

To combat this, adequate hydration is crucial. This can come in the form of mineral water, coconut water, cucumber juice, and others. Putting on hydrating face masks will aid in calming the inflammation on your skin. 


Yes, we all adore cheesecake, milkshakes, and cheese toasties. However, our skin may thank us if we consume all the dairy products in good moderation. This is because the casein and whey within milk change the hormonal balance of testosterone and estrogen. They boost the growth hormone levels, which increases the production of sebum (oily layers on the skin), and increases the likelihood of acne. 

The recommended daily consumption of dairy products is 3 servings for adults. However, each person’s skin may have different levels of sensitivity. Therefore, it may be best to minimise your daily dairy consumption if you are prone to acne. 

What’s Next?

If you are looking for a better way to give your skin extra attention through an acne facial Auckland, facial peel auckland, facials auckland, or microdermaplanning, feel free to contact Skin Ritual NZ, one of New Zealand’s best skin care clinic.