3 Foods to Avoid For Clear Skin
Sometimes we learn the hard way that we can have the best skincare routine in the world, but if we’re consistently consuming the wrong foods, our complexion will reflect our poor eating habits.
Beautiful skin comes down to several factors including genetics, eating habits, and skincare routine. Our genes are already fully locked in. However, we can change 2 out of 3 of these factors and boost our odds of having a clear complexion.
Studies have shown that what we eat is often reflected in our appearance and for those of us who seem to constantly break out despite having a phenomenal and consistent skincare routines, here are 3 foods to avoid for clear skin:
- Avoid White Carbs for clear skin
Choose Whole Grains
Studies show that foods with a high glycemic index can increase breakouts.
In essence, this means that foods that spike your blood sugar, such as white rice or that delicious cupcake, can result in a “cascade of hormones [to be] released that eventually stimulate the oil gland, leading to worsening of acne”.
Baylor College of Medicine News reports that when study subjects were placed on a lower carbohydrate diet, they experienced less acne than those individuals on a higher glycemic index diet. Whole grains provide steady energy without causing spikes in blood sugar.
- Avoid Dairy Milk for clear skin
Choose Coconut Milk (Or Other Dairy Substitutes)
We recommend going for coconut or almond milk rather than dairy milk when making your morning smoothie or coffee. A link has been reported between dairy consumption and the appearance of acne.
Although this is not true for all individuals, some people seem to suffer from acne when they consume dairy products such as milk and cheese.
There is a hypothesis that the hormones in dairy products interfere with the hormonal balance in an individual’s body.
Nutrition expert Alex Caspero says “It’s controversial, but I don’t recommend dairy. There are some studies that show associations between dairy and acne, but not necessarily cause and effect. Either way I see great results when I completely remove dairy from the diet.”
Coconut milk has nutrients such as vitamin C and copper that improve elasticity in the skin. Milk substitutes like coconut or almond milk do not contain the hormones that are present in dairy milk, so by consuming them, you’re not running the risk of throwing your hormonal balance out of wack.
- Avoid Excess Alcohol for clear skin
Choose Flavored Water or Soda Water (or Limit Yourself to One Glass)
We hate to be the bearer of bad news on this one as we’re the first to admit that we love to enjoy a well-deserved glass of red wine after a long day.
However, the truth is that alcohol creates inflammation in the body. Similarly to sugar, alcohol can cause fine lines, dullness, and overall inflammation in the skin.
Alcohol can also work to ruin our chances of being fully rested. PerriconeMD discusses the very real side effects of having one too many. Although a few drinks will make you sleepy in the evening, a few hours later your body experiences a “burst of norepinephrine in the system [that] causes you to come back to consciousness. Norepinephrine is a hormone that increases as a result of excitement or stress, and the result is a very poor night’s sleep – as well as skin that looks mottled and dull the next day”.
A glass of wine or a cocktail here and there won’t derail your dreams of flawless skin, however, the facts are something to bear in mind next time you’re out on a Friday night.
Balance is Key
Life is about striking a balance that works for you. We aim to equip you with the skincare knowledge that will allow you to make the right decisions that work for you.
We hope that our list of 3 foods to avoid and 3 substitutes to choose in order to achieve clear skin has inspired you to treat yourself well and to reap the clear skin benefits!
Cheers to clear skin!