When it comes to acne, we know it’s caused by things we face in our everyday lives. Sweat, dirty pillowcases, and rogue hair product are just a few of the culprits of random breakouts. And wrinkles, of course, are an inevitable side effect of aging. But it’s not only what touches our skin on the outside that can cause it to flare up. In fact, the food you put inside your body is just as important. If you have an expert skincare regimen but find your skin still isn’t top-notch, it could be you’re consuming all the wrong things. Find out the foods that can ruin your skin — and avoid them as much as you can!
Dairy can clog your pores
If you can’t live without that glass of chocolate milk every morning or cheese is basically your favorite food group, I’ve got some bad news: all that dairy is not doing your body good. In fact, it could be the cause of your breakouts. “Dairy products contain certain hormonal components that can stimulate oil production,” Curology founder Dr. David Lortscher told The List. “The more oil your body produces, the more likely it is to clog your pores, which leads to breakouts.” Surprisingly, it’s skim milk that’s most likely to cause acne when compared with other forms of dairy like whole milk, cheese, or yogurt, according to Lortscher. If you’re not interested in cutting dairy out completely (because… cheese), he suggests “substituting regular milk for soy or almond milk.”
Salt might make your skin puffy
While salt might not directly cause acne, it does lead to other unfavorable outcomes for your skin. Namely, puffy, inflamed skin. “Salt can cause some people to retain water and appear puffy,” dermatologist Margaret Ravits told us. The puffiness is especially noticeable in places with thin skin, like your eyes, Heidi Waldorf, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, told Woman’s Day. If you just can’t give up salt completely, no worries! Add some omega-3 fatty acids (hint: salmon) to your diet to “add hydration to skin and decrease inflammation”, dermatologist Whitney Bowe suggested to Total Beauty.
Sugar makes you look older
We know that sugary foods aren’t good for our waistlines. Turns out sugar also wreaks havoc on our skin, according to Debra Jaliman, dermatologist, author, and creator of Sea Radiance Skincare. Foods that are high in sugar end up glycating the collagen in your skin, “which stiffens and ages it,” she told The List. So when you’re debating whether or not to go for that extra cookie, think about the wrinkles and sagginess that come along with it. If you’re looking for a sugar kick, try going for fruits that contain natural sugars and the added bonus of antioxidants that help fight signs of aging, dermatologist Whitney Bowe told Total Beauty.
Refined carbs are risky
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