How your Diet can Impact your Skin

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By now, it is common knowledge that certain foods and nutrients that we consume help specific body parts work better. For healthy bones, we usually advise you to increase your Calcium and Vitamin D. For our hearts, we usually advise you to eat fish rich with omega-3 fatty acids. And for your skin, those types of advice does depend on what you are trying to accomplish.

Like it or not, the fact is that some of the basic building blocks of our modern diets can have a negative impact on your skin. Doctors and scientist have already done a vast amount of research to unravel the complicated biochemical and hormonal cascade that goes on from when you eat to when you wake up in the morning. While the medical field still needs more evidential research on the correlation between a person’s diet and skin irritation, there is enough tips to help control your diet and improve your skin today.

In this article, I have highlighted various dietary tips to help take control of your acne day by day. For people who have acne, these dietary restrictions can help you continue your journey and prevent unfair complexion misadventures for your goal of beautiful and healthier skin.

1. Avoid High-Carb Foods at all Cost

Carbs have been consistently associated for various health epidemics such as cardiovascular problems, high obesity, and acne and skin irritation. Processed high carbohydrate foods such as sugary cereals, crackers, cakes, flours, jams, preserves, bread products, refined potato products, white flour, and sugar-filled drinks and juices have a high glycemic index, which means a lot of quick sugar, which is linked to acne. Eating or drinking such concentrated sugar snacks and drinks has the ability to increase your blood sugar. That then raises your blood sugar from high glycemic foods forcing your body to make more insulin that can complex things including your hormones that affect your pores. By cutting down on high glycemic foods, your acne should be able to improve. So take my advice, stay away from junk food!

2. Limit your Dairy Products

Some research suggests that dairy products, particularly milk and cheese, have contributed to various acne flare-ups. While, there needs to be more research on the correlation between the two, the growth factors and hormones naturally found in milk can possibly trigger your acne to act out. To help with this, switch from fatty dairy products to moderate amount of whole milk dairy products. In addition, try eating dairy products that contain natural probiotic options such as yogurt.

3. Cut out the Greasy Foods

Yes, cheeseburgers and pizza are always a delightful course, but the grease splattering fat from these foods can bring out unwanted acne or blemishes. Many of these greasy delights create inflammation in the body. Studies have already linked fast foods to such severe conditions such as cardiovascular problems, childhood asthma, etc. But the inflammation that greasy foods can have on the body is acne. To help with the process, I would advise you to cut out or lower your intake of greasy food to once a week, or if you are good once-a-month, schedule. This will help you to eat healthier, explore new food options, and improve your skin.

4. Cut Down on Chocolate

It is no surprise that chocolate is on this list. Having the sweet is not bad from time to time, but if you are consuming chocolate on a daily basis, you may want to reconsider that as a part of your daily regiment since recent studies have linked chocolate and skin irritation. Similar to carbs, chocolate can increase and spike your blood sugar. This in turn increases more insulin that produces skin oils that can contribute to clogging of follicles.

If you would like more advice or opinions about dermatological health issues, please visit or contact Dr. Matthew David Cole, MD, at Horizon Dermatology and Laser Institute in Newport Beach, CA. You can also call his office at 1-949-439-9288 or visit his site horizonderm.com.