It’s a truism that “You are what you eat”, and yet not much research has been done into the relationship between acne and nutrition since one 1969 study into the subject. This, despite the fact that acne is extremely common, and causes quite a lot of emotional distress. Most of the advice I found was for foods to avoid: high-glycemic foods and foods are bad, milk is bad (a study in the journal Clinics in Dermatology disagrees), sugar is bad, bananas are bad…just, a lot of foods that I like are bad.
What foods are good, though? More importantly, will I like those foods? The answer to the first question is that the strongest evidence points to foods that are high in zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, especially Vitamins A and D. The answer to the second question, at least for me, is that if it’s a Japanese food, I will probably find it tasty. If you’re here, chances are high that you also enjoy 和食 (washoku, Japanese cuisine)! Let’s dig into the data.