You Might Blame These Foods for Your Skin Problems

Jun 24, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Are you a cheese lover, or do you have a massive sweet tooth? Your vice of choice could be the reason you have specific skin problems. We need to eat clean to stay healthy and keep our skin clear and fresh. Of course, I don't know about you, but I have never linked the milk in my coffee to the acne on my face! But dairy can have a negative effect on your skin. That being said, everyone is different and people react differently to specific foods. The best way to find out how you react to different foods is by keeping a food journal and tracking when you feel energetic and when you feel sluggish and bloated. Make sure that you keep track of these common problem foods, because they may be responsible for your skincare woes!

Simple Carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates are the most delicious kind of carb and, of course, the worst kind of our bodies and our skin. Mashed potatoes, white bread, pasta - our taste buds love simple carbs, but they may be aging our skin quicker than we’d like. When you eat simple carbs, it causes our blood sugars to rise very quickly, which speeds up the formation of wrinkles. They are metabolized the same way as sugar, turning into glucose and sticking with collagen (the wrinkle-fighting agent in our skin) and degrading its ability to preserve our skin. Without collagen, our skin ages much faster and wrinkles appear deeper and more ingrained. If you are a carb lover like me, opt for whole grains and complex carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potato.

Sugar

As if there aren’t already enough reasons to avoid eating processed sugar, sugar can speed up the aging process of your skin. It can cause redness, inflammation, acne, wrinkles, sagging skin, and dark patches. Sugar causes our blood sugar to rise quite quickly, and during digestion the sucrose is broken down and bonds with collagen, degrading the substance our skin needs to stay elastic and healthy. Sugar causes overall inflammation throughout our entire bodies thanks to the large burst of insulin that our body provides after we ingest sugar. An overdose of insulin can break down collagen and elastin, causing MORE damage to our skin! Unfortunately, it’s just a fact - processed sugar is terrible for our bodies.

Dairy

You should avoid talking about dairy with your friends and family because, just like religion, politics, and sex, everyone has a different opinion! Some people believe that dairy is good for you and some people believe it’s terrible - there doesn’t appear to be a middle ground! Ultimately it’s up to you to decide if dairy is right for you. Some studies have shown that there’s an association between dairy consumption and increased acne due to low levels of testosterone in milk, which stimulates oil glands in the skin. If you think dairy may be the culprit behind your skin problems, you can eliminate dairy from your diet for a month and see how your skin reacts. If dairy is the real culprit, these days there are plenty of decent alternatives.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a very important vitamin that has a vital role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system, and production of new red blood cells. If you take supplements, however, make sure you don’t take too much. Recent studies have shown that in the presence of vitamin B12, skin bacteria that is normally linked to can pump out inflammatory molecules known to promote the formation of pimples! So while you should definitely get your daily recommended dose of Vitamin B12 in your food, you probably don’t need a specific supplement unless you have a serious deficiency.

Shellfish

Shellfish of all kinds - lobster, crab, mussels, shrimp, clams, and oysters - contain a large amount of iodine that can do just as much damage to your skin as processed sugar. Increased iodine levels in the body has been linked to inflammation of the skin, clogged pores and the appearance of splotchy skin. If acne is your skin problem, you may want to steer clear of any shellfish or foods rich in iodine, including milk, kelp, cod, and boiled eggs. Next - salt, fat, and caffeine?

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