Even if you have matched the perfect, most effective beauty products with your skin type, you’re counteracting the benefits of them if you’re consuming foods that are bad for your skin. You’ve been told specific items are bad for your skin like fatty and greasy foods, but cutting out just the obvious offenders won’t always do the trick. It’s important to know why these taboo foods are hurting your skin, so you can spot out other foods that may cause the same damage. Here are a few to be aware of:
You’re getting in those 8 glasses of water a day. Terrific. However, your organs tend to soak up most of the water you drink. On top of guzzling your H2O, stay away from foods that dehydrate you like caffeine, alcohol, salty food, deli meats, and high sodium foods such as frozen food and canned items. For extra hydration, add hydrating foods to your diet like cucumber, watermelon and lettuce.
High Glycemic Foods
If a food is a high glycemic item, this simply means it causes your blood sugar to spike. High glycemic foods include white breads, pasta, potato chips, candy bars, and white rice. Studies have found that a low glycemic diet can reduce acne by up to 50%.
Trans Fat & Fried Foods
You’ll find trans fats in margarine and, of course, anything that has been fried up in oil. Trans fats have been found to slow blood circulation, which can cause clogged up pores, acne, bacteria build up and flaky skin.
Many people have mild food allergies and don’t even know it. Common culprits include dairy, nuts and gluten. The allergic reaction can show up in your skin as rashes, eczema breakouts and odd pigmentation. Try removing one of these at a time from your diet and see if that makes a difference, or make an appointment with a doctor to test for any food allergies.
Red Meat & Dairy
Some studies have shown that cutting red meat and milk products can lead to improved skin. However, since these items also provide essential nutrients like iron, calcium and protein, be sure to get those in other foods like beans, soy products, and green leafy vegetables.