Foods To Cure Oily Skin

Though we love the time of the year when the thermostat starts to rise, the transition period from winter to spring (especially when the weather seems to skip spring and goes right into summer) can be tough on our skin. The temperature climbs but perhaps we don’t switch to an oil free moisturizer fast enough, or our new sunscreen is heavier than we thought…So then it happens, a breakout. Always ones to explore beauty from the inside out, the question really is: What foods are best for oily skin? Dr. Harold Lancer has the answer.

The food you consume can affect everything from your hair growth and your metabolism, to your mood and your sleeping patterns – and it is definitely true that what you eat affects the oiliness of your skin. Browse through the list below, and discover how to avoid the dreaded skin shine this summer.

From Dr. Harold Lancer.

Oily Skin

A diet tailored to Oily Skin is largely focused on foods that one should avoid. I often see patients who come in to address oily or uneven skin, acne or clogged pores, and after some discussion I usually find that they have diets heavy in processed, salty, or carb-heavy foods. They may lead busy lives, without much free time to prepare food and end up falling back on easy, readily accessible options. Avoiding ‘fast’ and processed options, while adding whole foods,healthy fats, lots of antioxidants, and low-glycemic, whole-grain carbs back into the diet should balance out the skin and decrease excessive oil production.

Alternatively, oily skin can also be linked to consumption of dairy products. Reducing intake of milk, cheese, butter and cow’s milk yogurt (there are many non-dairy yogurt options available) can help contribute to slowing excessive oil production.

Foods To Eat For Oily Skin: 

Almond Milk

Coconut Milk


Sweet Potatoes

Butternut Squash

Pinto Beans




Dried Dark Cherries (no sugar added)

Green Tea

Oily Skin Menu:

Breakfast: Coconut milk or almond milk cultured yogurt with blueberries and almonds and a cup of green tea.

Lunch: Arugula salad with roasted sweet potato and quinoa.

Dinner: Grilled Salmon with sautéed greens of choice.

To learn about the best foods for dry skin, see here. And to find out about the best foods for combination skin, read this