Skin And Diet
While diet isn’t the only factor that affects your skin health, ongoing research suggests that it does play a big part. The research has found that saturated fats, dairy products, processed foods and refined carbohydrates can prematurely age your skin. You need a balanced diet of healthy foods to allow your skin to maintain and repair itself.
Sugar can be a big factor in skin breakouts and acne. In fact, many people have found that when they cut out the sugar in their diets, and replace it with whole-grains and healthy carbohydrates, their skin clears up. They also find that they have less acne flare ups, and they feel better as well.
Some people find that dairy products can increase their acne flare ups and cause skin irritation, redness and dryness. However, some research shows that this is dependent on how the dairy products are being produced and if any additional hormones are being given to the animal.
If you think dairy products are negatively affecting your skin, then you may have better luck with non-dairy products such as almond milk.
What To Add To Your Diet
Some people recommend trying an elimination diet, so you can pinpoint what foods are irritating your skin and causing flare ups. However, many experts disagree with this, as it could mean that you end up eliminating essential nutrients from your diet. They recommend trying to add skin friendly foods to your diet instead. You should normally be able to get sufficient amounts of nutrients from a balanced diet, and, thus, supplements are not usually necessary.
Vitamin A can help to regulate the skin cycle and prevent a build up of dead skin and oils. Add foods such as mango, papaya and spinach to boost your vitamin A levels.
Vitamin E and C
Vitamins E and C are antioxidants, which work very well together, and are important in maintaining healthy skin. You can get Vitamin E from nuts and seeds, as well as wheatgerm. Vitamin C can be found in oranges, broccoli and strawberries.
Selenium in our diet helps prevent damage to cells. Studies have also found that it can reduce acne when used with Vitamin E. It can be found in brazil nuts, eggs and fish.
Some studies have found that people with acne have lower levels of zinc, and that increasing zinc levels may help prevent acne breakouts. Zinc is also important for wound healing. Add wheatgerm and shellfish to your diet for more Zinc.
Water is incredibly important for hydrating the skin. Most people need to drink between 5-8 glasses per day to help hydrate the body and skin and help it to regenerate and repair.