Top foods to avoid for better skin

Posted by Tintin Sealey


Dairy is a pro-inflammatory food and can aggravate or worsen existing inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. Growth hormones and antibiotics are also found in conventional dairy products which can interfere with your body's natural hormonal balance. In particular, excess estrogen in your system is suspected to contribute to hormonal cystic acne.  

Replace it with:

You can replace dairy unsweetened nut milk such as coconut milk, almond milk and cashew milk.  

Processed Sugars

Processed sugar exacerbates conditions such as acne and rosacea. The glycemic index is a scale which determines how fast your blood sugar levels rise after ingesting something. Evidence suggests that high-glycemic index foods (that rapidly increase blood sugar) can trigger acne formation in the skin and increase oil gland activity, leading to pimple formation.  

Replace it with:

Replace it with natural fruits and natural sweeteners such as raw honey and stevia. beach-bikini-blur-1797375


Gluten affects your gut which can lead to skin issues. Your body has a protein that's produced by your digestive tract called zonulin. Its job is to moderate the tight junctions between the cells in your digestive tract, which prevent undigested food particles and pathogens from passing through. While this is a good thing, gluten exposure can trigger your body to overproduce zonulin. This breaks apart the tight junctions instead.   When it comes to gluten and your skin, the intestinal permeability caused by gluten is where the majority of the problem lies. When undigested food enters your bloodstream, your body sounds the warning bells and immune responses cause systemic inflammation, which causes or worsens inflammatory skin conditions.

Replace it with:

Gluten-free options and coconut flour and almond flour.  

Processed meats:

Processed meats such as bacon and cured meats are loaded with sodium, which leads to water retention and can cause swelling and puffiness in your face. Studies also suggest sodium nitrates, which are a preservative added to many processed food, can break down collagen and elastin and cause signs of premature ageing.  

Replace it with:

Organic grass fed meats