Acne Diet: Fruits which cause acne
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Acne Remedies, Acne Skin Treatment Date Posted: October 27th, 2011 Comments: 16

Acne breakouts can be reduced easily; all you need to do is keep an eye on your diet. There are number of fruits which cause acne. Eliminate these particular fruits from your daily dietary routine and you will be amazed by the results. Read on to learn about the fruits which cause acne.

Acne is caused by blood sugar problems, chronic inflammation and stress. Most of the fruits aggravate these conditions and can thus worsen or even trigger acne.

There are number of fruits which are packed with  a lot of natural sugar which ends up giving you a spike in your blood sugar level, making the insulin levels to soar and causes cellular inflammation which is indeed very bad for acne. Those of you who are prone to acne should stay away from the sugary and syrupy fruits.

Fruits which cause acne

Citrus fruits are all safe; it is the fruits which are sugary which cause the problem. To reduce the acne breakouts you should avoid eating fruits such as Mangoes, Bananas, Tangerines, Plums, Nectarines, Peaches, Pineapples and Watermelons. Avoid all these fruits as they are too high in natural sugars if you are prone to acne.

Also remember to stay away from sweetened and saccharine fruit juices and smoothies. Fruit sugars spike insulin levels immensely so it is better to stay away from fruits which are full of natural sugar in order to reduce acne breakouts.

From now on try to avoid these fruits from your diet and I can assure you that you will certainly experience less acne breakouts. Give it a try for a week and checkout for yourself.

Fruit can cause acne for people who have insulin resistance. What happens is that the sugar in fruits causes a hormonal reaction which leads to acne. If you can reduce insulin resistance and get fat out of your body, by lifestyle changes then eating this fruits shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Avoiding these fruits can help you to reduce acne breakouts, but please don’t think that you can cure acne simply by cutting these ‘fruits that cause acne’ from your diet. Besides eating the right diet you need to treat acne by natural remedies or medication.

Diet plays an important role in maintaining a healthy skin, removing these fruits from your diet is one of the big steps you can take in possessing a clear skin.


Let the discussion begin!

  • Lisa Higgins - October 29, 2011 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Awwww, all of my favorite fruits are on that list of fruits not to eat. I guess I’ll hold myself back for a couple of weeks and see the results of my new diet.

  • Ethel Bazile - October 29, 2011 at 2:24 am - Reply

    I never knew that fruit could cause something as evil as acne outbreaks. I guess I’ll try to limit myself from any of those fruits that you have listed there. Thanks for the tip.

    • tam - October 8, 2015 at 12:30 am - Reply

      You can try eating sugary fruits with food that help lower the insulin spike, like cinnamon for example..that way I believe it neutralizes it

  • Mrssamyleo - November 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Excellent article !

  • sam worthington - July 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    You are quite right at the grand age of 45 after suffering acne most of the time with occational severe breakouts I recently changed my diet and inadvertantly cut out fruit – Oh what a differnce. Now when I have the occational fruit such as a strawberry or berries from the garden the next day I have a break out again. I came across your article whilst googling my theory of the link beetween fruit and acne. Why is this not widly known? and does it apply to all sugar?

  • Bob A. - January 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Citrus fruits are safe? I can not have any of those citris fruits. If I drink orange juice within a 2-3 days my skin breaks out. I am 48 years old and am having a break out today and it must be because I ate strawberries. I avoid all fruits because this the result.

    I stay away from fruit, tomato sauce (Ketchup too), fruit juices etc. I attribute it to the acid and not the sugar but I do try to avoid fruit sweeteners.

    When I avoid these foods I get no acne at all. Eat them and within two days I get breakouts (I can have pasta and sauce but I only use a little bit)

    To make matters worse when I was a teen no one told me to avoid these foods and I was thinking I was being healthy drinking oj. I have not had a glass of oj in at least 20 years!

  • Bob A. - January 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    reply to Sam,

    For one thing, you’d put all those dermatologists out of business and all those acne meds would be hurt. Our medical system would rather treat the symptoms with meds then go to the heart of the cause IMO.

    • Sari - February 12, 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

      It worked! it worked! it worked!
      No new break-outs! Smaller pores and brighter complexion! Just one day without any sugary food and fruits! I can’t believe this is happening to me after 20 years of acne and thousands of dollars of skin care to remedy it! I believe when I starve myself of this sugars I am starving the candida albicans in me.
      It is true! Being healthy is all about mindful eating!
      And prevention (not consuming the obvious culprits) is the key because no amount of corrective actions can tame acne if our diet is still left unguarded.
      From now on, I just accept who I am and enjoy what I can still consume and be grateful with it.

      • Rebecca - November 30, 2014 at 3:02 am - Reply

        OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!
        Yayyyy I’m sooooo happy for you!!!!!

        I know exactly how you feel.
        I have had acne for YEARSSS now… all my life and I’m 28.
        I am very health conscious and could not understand why I would still break out. It’s THE most frustrating thing.
        Last year I tried eating raw – MAINLY FRUIT.. and I developed the worst acne I’ve had in YEARS!!! LOADS of white heads all over my chin, mouth, lips, and cheeks. My skin was greasy.. patchy.. . It was traumatic… the main reason I went raw was to try and rid myself of the last bits of bad skin I had… ironic hey.
        I was ill from all the fruit… my hormones were all over the place and my periods were too painful to describe..
        After ages of feeling ill and sticky,itchy, uncomfortable inside my own skin I googled the acne – fruit link and came across a very small amount of info on candida etc…. it struck a chord immediately and I knew it was the answer… I cut out fruit… ate mainly brown rice, potatoes veg and beans etc and IT WENT AWAY!!!!! IMMEDIATELY!!! It was like a miracle!!
        Then recently I went on to white rice… NOPE… back it came..
        and the past couple of weeks I’ve been packing in the fruit again, i always like to test it… to see if it really is fruit… and here is it again.. as i write this my face and lips and skin feels tingly.. like it’s crawling.. it’s horrid…
        I have white heads all over my chin, mouth cheeks and lips again..
        It’s literally a joke and the spots come up SOOO fast!!!! Over- night.
        It has to be the insulin thing…
        Sorry to go on… you know what it’s like to have acne.. there’s not many people you can talk to.. especially when it’s FRUIT that causes it.. most people just don’t get it…
        But hey… I get closer and closer to understanding my skin everyday.
        As of tomorrow… water water water.. going to flush all of this out..
        No more fruit. Maybe 2 bits a week…
        My body works much better on plain foods, veg… urm… that’s pretty much it ha ha.

        Anyway…. good luck.. i;m happy for you!!!



  • faiaz - January 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    my face is dry and nowadays some redness appear in my face how i can reduse it and which drug is most for dry skin and

  • Nisha H - January 29, 2015 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I break out in huge boils on my neck (mostly the right side) whenever I eat spinach or too many raw vegetables. I am 35 and do have hormone and blood sugar imbalances which I have been treating by improving my diet. The terrible side effect of eating healthy is the breakouts on my neck. Does anyone have any idea why? I also have regular break outs on my chest and back as well.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

  • jennifer - March 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    This was not true for me. I ate basically a whole watermelon a day durring the summer months and by october of last year i had the best skin I’ve ever had. Bearly any acne just a few small surface ones.
    Since watermelon has been out of season in my area for several months now I’ve had terrible breakouts again. Huge deep cysts on my chin, neck and jawline. It’s been awful. And really the only major change in my diet was a lack of watermelon. I’ve also gained 5 lbs. Despite a whole watermelon being around 1300 kcals. I actually lost 10 lbs over the summer and had the flattest stomach I’ve ever had.
    Now I’m pudgy in the waist again.
    i miss my watermelon, i feel it saved me. Also i have been continuing to run 2.5 miles 4 to 5 times a week. Now when I started in the summer i had not ran in over 10 years but i had little to no fatigue and no soreness or recovery time. Now I’ve been running consistently since August so you would think I’d be less sore and be inproving my stamina. Without the watermelon, i find myself sore that i have to take it easy every other day. I don’t recover as fast.
    See this artical on watermelons and muscle recovery:

    As for other fruit, I’ve been eating a lot of kiwi, mandarins, avocados, dates, cherries, bananas. i don’t blame the fruit but i do think watermelon helped me.

  • Ola - April 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Could you provide any studies support that fruits cause a spike of sugar levels and then it dramatically lowers? Because the studies I know tell a different story – although fructose itself would cause the aforementioned spike and drop, fruits are more than fructose. There is fiber, minerals, vitamins etc. Apparently nothing like what you’ve said happens so – studies? evidence?

    Saying that I think I need to quit on bananas for now, because I am getting acne again… or maybe it’s the unripe bananas? Don’t know but something’s not working.

  • Anna Levis - September 27, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Of course food can cause acne and it depends totally on you that which type of food you eating. There are several food which cause acne to grow more

    If you’re experiencing breakouts, try eliminating one or two foods at a time (eliminate dairy for one week, greasy foods the next etc) to see if removing these foods helps to keep your skin clear.

    1. Chocolate
    2. Spicy Foods
    3. Cheese
    4. Nuts
    5. Peanut Butter
    6. Sushi
    7. Pizza
    8. French Fries
    9. Potato Chips

    Also you can treat you acne scars and remove it completely following the tips and techniques provided by professional doctors.

  • Alex - June 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I can only confirm what says about watermelon is true. I had no acne entire winter and spring and yesterday few hours after I ate watermelon my skin started to itch and today I have acne on my neck, back, arms and face, not many but enough. Bananas don’t cause acne to me for some unknown reason, I was eating them for weeks and nothing happened.

  • Mar - June 14, 2019 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I am 47 yr old female. I have always struggled with acne, but in recent years it has been worse. Cystic, painful acne. I’ve been eating clean the last few months due to RA and medicines not helping. In recent weeks I’ve been eating a lot of blueberries and watermelon because they are in season and I love them. And guess what? My skin is perfectly clear!!! Not sure which is helping me more, but its definitely one of them. I eat bananas too, and they do not cause me to break out. Weeks ago I was eating more citrus, and I did have bad acne. So I will have to test if the citrus bothered my skin. Bottom line: everyone is different! What works for one person is not going to help another. Do an elimination diet and see what food will help or hurt your own skin. Now I just need to figure out how I can get watermelon year round.

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