The consensus from Spritzler, Sharp, and Gordon is that while the keto diet has the potential to clear up acne, this benefit isn’t guaranteed. After all, everyone’s skin is different.
For instance, Sharp notes that the freedom to eat dairy products (such as butter, cheese, and cream) on keto might be a problem for some.
“Some people find dairy triggering for acne,” she says. “The association isn’t the same for everyone. So try to experiment to see if cutting back on dairy makes a difference in your skin.”
Gordon notes that “this isn’t a diet to do for your skin.” Instead of trying keto to make your skin glow, Gordon suggests making simpler lifestyle changes, such as making sure
you’re drinking enough water, avoiding highly saturated “bad” fats (think butter, margarine, and fatty meats, such as pork), and cutting down on simple carbs
Regardless of your intentions for going keto, be sure to consult your doctor before starting because the keto diet can pose dangers for certain people.
Notably, while some people with type 2 diabetes may indeed benefit from the diet, keto isn’t for everyone.
Its concentration on protein, for example, may negatively affect people with kidney damage.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a dysfunctional kidney would have a hard time digesting protein compounds.
Others who may want to avoid the ketogenic diet include expecting mothers, young children, and people on certain kinds of medication.
Ultimately, if you’re hoping to use keto to help clear your skin, talk to your doctor and dermatologist before trying it out to see if it’s safe for you.