Recent evidence shows that there might be a link between insulin resistance and acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Acne is formed by the overproduction of sebum, which is oil that lubricates the skin. The production of this oil is driven by hormones, so hormone fluctuations lead to fluctuations of the level of sebum produced as well. When skin becomes too oily, it is a good environment for bacterial growth. This leads to pimples and inflammation.

Insulin is the hormone which allows sugar to be taken in by the cells so that it can be turned into energy. It is well known that diets which are high in carbohydrates often lead to insulin resistance, which means that the cells begin to ignore the insulin and no longer take in blood sugar. In reaction, the body produces even more insulin. Researchers theorize that these high hormone levels could lead to the over-production of sebum and therefore contribute to acne.


Solving Acne Problems through Diet


If it is true that insulin resistance leads to acne, it may mean that acne could partly be controlled through a diet. This of course is not yet proven, but as research shows that diets low in carbohydrates are better for you anyway, so it is worth a shot. A diet such as this would be centered on fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables. Sweets should be avoided for the most part, and again, foods that are high in carbohydrates such as pasta, white breads, and potatoes. Lean meats and foods low in trans-fats may also be beneficial.


Insulin Resistance & Acne in Males offers a possible explanation for the link between insulin resistance and acne in women. The website states that excess insulin leads to higher levels of male hormones, and that these androgen hormones have long been known to be related to problems with acne. These therefore increase oil productions, which leads to clogged pores and a great breeding ground for acne causing bacteria.

There have not been many studies made on men. However, scientists have for some timeknown that females, who have polycystic ovary syndrome, often have trouble with insulin resistance and acne. In a recent study, provided by, it was found that even in young men insulin resistance seems to play a role. The study concluded that insulin resistance could represent an effective target for the treatment of male acne, and it seems as though the treatment of insulin resistance may be effective in the treatment of female acne as well.