Dermatologists List 8 Worst Foods For The Skin

  • As per the recommendation of dermatologists, there are foods that are deemed healthy but actually should be avoided to protect our skin.
  • For instance, regular and even diet sodas are found by studies to dry the skin while spicy foods can worsen rosacea.
  • Pasta and any refined carbs are also to blame for several cases of acne-related inflammation.

“You are what you eat,” is an old saying that we often forget to consider when trying to achieve a healthy-looking skin. While we’re aware that junk foods aren’t good for the skin, we often forget to consider that some foods that are deemed healthy aren’t actually helping with skin matters.

Here is a list of foods according to dermatologists that you may ditch to achieve that bright and glowing skin.

1. Soda including diet soda

Soda doesn’t do any wonders for your waistline. But it doesn’t do any favors to your skin either.  Rather, it dehydrates and ages your skin.

“Both diet and regular soda can increase inflammation of the skin,” says New York City board-certified dermatologist and author Doris Day, MD. She instead recommends cheaper and more delicious alternatives like fruit-infused seltzer water, and plain seltzer mixed with berries, lemon, lime, and orange slices.

2. Spicy foods

Joshua Zeichner, MD, a cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology director at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says a 2017 study in the journal Dermatology Practical & Conceptual suggests that any foods that can cause your blood vessels to dilate and flush may worsen your rosacea. People reported rosacea episodes after consuming spicy foods, tacos, drinking alcohol and hot beverages.

3. Pasta

Pasta triggers acne flare-ups. But pasta isn’t the only culprit. Any refined carb which are high on the glycemic index like white rice and bread are found to be linked to acne-related inflammation, according to a 2016 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Day advises that the easiest way to minimize inflammation is by eating a plant-based whole diet. That spells brown rice, whole grain bread and whole wheat pasta for carb lovers. She also recommends intermittent fasting. “It may be an indirect benefit, but it’s still powerful. I do a daily 16- to 18-hour fast.

4. Dairy

Dairy can be a “pro-inflammatory,” says cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, author of The Pro-Aging Handbook. Meaning, it can aggravate any condition that involves the inflammation of tissues. This is why dermatologists can often tell if a person has had too much dairy. A 2017 study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology showed a relation between adult acne in women and high intake of both high glycemic index foods and cow’s milk, especially skim milk.

It is noted that while studies suggest a link between cow’s milk and acne, Dr. Day says it doesn’t seem to include sheep or goat sources of milk, yogurt, or cheese.

5. Whey protein shakes

While protein shakes are great for muscle build-up and repair following intense weight-training workouts, a 2017 research published in Health Promotion Perspectives reveals that whey protein has been shown to trigger acne breakouts.

6. Potato chips

It is becoming more and more accepted among dermatologists that foods can impact the skin and cause acne, according to Dr. Day.

“Eating highly processed foods that are high in trans- fats may have an impact on glycation [when sugar binds with proteins and forms harmful substances], inflammation, and breakouts of acne or rosacea.”

Bottom line: Steer clear of the snack aisle and opt for healthy snacks instead.

7. Fried chicken

Although your taste buds love the fried foods, your skin hates it. While legal restrictions have greatly lowered the allowable trans-fat in foods, there are still naturally occurring dangerous fats that can sneak into your food and boost acne inflammation.

8. Sugar

Overindulging in anything sugary can cause problems to your complexion. Dr. Zeichner says they quickly increase blood sugar causing inflammation and stimulating glycation. Glycation may cause collagen fibers to harden leaving your skin more wrinkled over time. 

Source: The Healthy

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