Worst Foods For Your Skin
For most of us the understanding on how food affects our skin is quite straightforward. If the food is good for you, healthy and green it’s good for the skin. On the flip side, bad foods, fast foods and alcohol are not so good for your skin. It’s a pretty good rule of thumb to work from but there could be a few surprise foods that are affecting your skin in ways you didn’t know.
High Glycemic Carbs
We’ll start with what feels like an obvious one. We already know these foods are not great for our general health. However, high glycemic carbohydrates also negatively affect our skin. These foods can be anything from White Rice and White Bread to pure sugar. There are several reasons we want to avoid these foods, for reasons that affect both our skin and general health.
Firstly, these foods trigger sebum production. Sebum is an oil we want to avoid if we’re suffering from acne. This oil blocks up our pores, which can go on to cause spots and even cysts. Further to this, High GI foods stimulate androgen synthesis (male hormones). This hormone advances the development of acne so try to avoid where possible. Take particular care if you are suffering from acne already, as these foods can exacerbate the problem.
A third and final reason you should look to avoid high GI foods is in the risk of increasing your blood sugar levels. An increase in the sugar in the blood can cause various problems. As an example, any sugar that isn’t picked up by the liver can get into your collagen supplies, which as we know, is the key protein to healthy skin. When the sugar infiltrates your collagen, your body identifies these cells and considers them damaged. Your body will then work to break down these ‘damaged’ cells, at the detriment to your skin. In all, it’s important to protect our collagen levels as much as possible so bear this in mind!
We promised you some foods you wouldn’t have thought of, so here’s a clear one for you, although we admit it’s actually a drink!.. Believe it or not, bottled water comes with its risks. The BPA in water bottles is known to be what is called a ‘steroid analogue’. This effectively means it could act like hormones in your body. The jury is still out on how much this affects your skin but we recommend using a more sustainable solution for bottled water. This way you’ll avoid any negative effects.
This one, you may have known already. However, the studies may not be as clear as you think. Research has shown a correlation between dairy and acne but no clear causation. It’s hard for dermatologists to make a clear call on dairy since most of the time our yoghurts, cakes and general dairy also contains a lot of sugar. Therefore making judgement a little more challenging. We recommend consuming dairy that does not contain sugar and opt for cows that have not been treated with hormones – these are no good for your skin!
If you love spiced foods then we’re sorry to say this might be affecting your skin negatively. Spicy foods can trigger inflammation and flushing so if you suffer from rosacea then its best to avoid where you can.
In all, there’s a few key foods to avoid but its mostly a case of moderation. Try not to overdo it with the foods listed above and you’ll find your skin in good condition. If you’re noticing a rash or spot then you can of course speak to our board-certified dermatologists or even try our AI skin image searcher for an instant result.
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Specialist doctor from the University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, Alumni UC Berkeley. My PhD thesis is on Digital Health and I published 5 peer review scientific papers on teledermatology.