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These Food Might Be Ruining Your Skin

You’re having a breakout and you’re panicking. You have applied creams and cleansed your face vigorously. You even completed the 10-step Korean skincare routine out of desperation but it’s not working! If you’ve done everything yet nothing is happening, maybe you have been eating the wrong kinds of food. As what the old saying goes, “You are what you eat”.  It’s not always what you’ve done externally, it is also what you are taking internally.f

Take a look at the list below and maybe you’d find what might have caused your breakouts.

  1. Sugary food

    Cookies, cookies and MORE COOKIES!

Examples:

  • Sweets (chocolates, cakes, smoothies and desserts)
  • Simple carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, pizza, burgers)
  • Juices (sodas, fruit juices and alcohol)

Why?

Sweets are high-glycemic food which means that it spikes insulin levels in our body and causes inflammation. High-glycemic food aren’t just sweets alone. It also includes simple carbohydrates and juices, and food that are abundant in sugar content.

Inflammation produces enzymes that destroys collagen and elastin, leaving you a dull and saggy skin with fine lines. If you don’t want to look old yet, try avoiding sugar for a while.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Chill, relax and forget stress. Well, I know stress in inevitable but try to keep it to a minimum. Not only is it good for our mental health but also to our body. Stress can spike insulin levels like sugary food ergo it is related to acne breakouts.
  • Have a good rest. When you lack sleep, the stress hormones invade. Plus, when was sleep ever stressful?
  • Lessen your desserts. This one is obvious.
  • Have water instead of juices and sodas. Water is a great thirst-quencher and it has no sugar in it.

 

  1. Dairy

    Milk time!

Examples:

  • Cow’s milk
  • cheese
  • ice cream

Why?

In cow’s milk, there are hormones and growth factors (IGF-1) which makes your acne grow too. It also triggers inflammation and thus the acne.

Also, dairy is sweet and has sugar. And we all know that sugar spikes insulin levels which, once again, causes inflammation.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Don’t eliminate dairy, just lessen it. Despite the fact that it triggers acne, remember that it is also a great source for calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Soya milk, almond milk and coconut milk for the win! They don’t have dairy, so no IGF-1 hormones. But do take note that it might contain higher sugar to make it sweeter, so if possible, opt for the unsweetened versions of these kind of milk.
  • Eat nuts, seeds and green vegetables. You need calcium but dairy isn’t the only source of calcium. Go get your calcium by eating nuts, seeds, lentils, soya and dark green vegetables.

 

  1. Coffee

Why?

Coffee is a diuretic. It dehydrates you. To have better skin, hydration is a must. Dehydration leads to inflammation and aging because of the loss of collagen.

Caffeine is a vasodilator. This means that it causes to enlarge our pores and can cause uneven skin.

When making our coffee, we usually add creamer, milk and sugar. Looking back at what we discussed before, dairy and sugar doesn’t really help in our skin condition. It spikes insulin levels and we don’t want that, don’t we?

Tips and Tricks:

  • Drink water. If you can’t give up coffee, drink more water to replenish your hydration.
  • Skip the creamer and sugar. Or lessen it if you can’t handle the bitterness.
  • Go decaf or drink tea. It has less to no caffeine. Also, you get to sleep more!

 

 

  1. Salt                                       

Examples:

  • Junk foods
  • Chips
  • Processed food

Why?

Sodium found in salt can cause dehydration which causes inflammation in our skin. Sodium limits water that your organs receive. This results to a dry and cracked skin.

Because our skin feels dehydrated, it might produce too much oil to compensate for its lack of moisture which may clog your pores and leads to acne.

Salt plays a big role in water retention which leads to puffiness and swelling especially our eyes. Sodium causes those bags under your eyes to be bigger and making you look tired

Tips and Tricks:

  • Hydrate yourself. You’re going to need to hydrate yourself to make up what you lost. Water also flushes sodium that your body doesn’t need.
  • Use pepper and other spices. Salt isn’t the only spice in the world. Use pepper, herbs o vinegar to spice up your meals instead and lessen the salt.
  • Avoid junk foods, chips and processed foods. Those foods contain A LOT of sodium. It’s better if you avoid it. Aside from ruining your skin, it also damages your body in other ways.
  • Go bananas. Potassium balances sodium levels in a way that potassium reduce water retention. Other sources of potassium are carrots, spinach and raisins. Get your potassium, girl!

 

  1. Fried Food

Examples:

  • Anything fried

Why?

Fried food are greasy and oily and guess what -one of the common reasons behind acne is, too much oil. Too much of these food can harm our dermis and epidermis which results to acne and dull skin.

Proper circulation is needed for nutrients to go around our system. The skin needs its nutrients too. Oils oxidized at high temperature can cause poor circulation resulting to aging skin and a poor complexion.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Place tissue paper when serving. Place some tissue paper on your serving plate to absorb excess oil.
  • Avoid fried food. You need to choose. It’s either clear skin or fried chicken with fries. It’s a hard decision so just learn to balance things out.

 

I’m not telling you to eliminate all of this from your diet because they certainly taste good and can uplift your spirits. What I’m really saying is that moderation is key.

 

Article written by:

Belle Torre

Hi! My name is Belle Torre, your average student and a young writer who’s passionate about sharing the importance of self-care. Join me and lets have a journey to loving ourselves more and being happier one step at a time :)

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