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Foods that can cause acne and other skin conditions

Foods that can cause acne and other skin conditions
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Bad news for those who love a late-night fast-food binge: what you put in your body is as important for your skin as what you put on it. Antioxidant-rich foods are some of the best foods for your skin and a few simple diet tweaks can help brighten, plump, or lock in moisture. Other foods that can trigger acne in some people, also can cause redness and irritation. We spoke with dermatologists about the foods they avoid in the name of having clear, healthy-looking skin.

Soft drink dehydrates and ages your skin

Soft drink dehydrates and ages your skin
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You’ve certainly heard to skip the soft drink (yes, diet soft drinks too) for your waistline, but turns out it isn’t doing your skin any favours, either. “Both diet and regular soft drink can increase inflammation of the skin,” says dermatologist, Dr Doris Day. “It’s one of my least favourite products and I wish we could ban it. There are so many delicious alternatives that are often less expensive.” Among them: fruit-infused soda water. Add berries, lemon, lime, or orange slices to plain soda water.

Find out what happens to your body if you stop drinking fizzy drinks.

Spicy foods can make rosacea worse

Spicy foods can make rosacea worse
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If you have rosacea, you might want to take a pass on Taco Tuesday, says Dr Joshua Zeichner, a clinical research in dermatology. “Any foods that cause your blood vessels to dilate and make you flush may cause a flare,” he says, echoing the findings of a review of studies published in 2017 in the journal Dermatology Practical & Conceptual. Researchers found that many people with rosacea report episodes of flushing after eating spicy foods or drinking alcohol or hot beverages.

Check out these life-changing rosacea treatments that put an end to the redness.

Pasta can cause acne-related inflammation

Pasta can cause acne-related inflammation
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Actually, pasta isn’t the only villain. There’s a link between inflammation and any refined carb – we’re talking white rice, bread, bagels; all of which are high on the glycaemic index. (The glycaemic index is a way to measure a food’s effect on blood sugar.) A study published in 2016 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found a connection between acne and high glycaemic index foods.

“Sugar is tied to inflammation,” explains Dr Day. “You want to manage your glycaemic index to help minimise inflammation. The easiest way to do this is to eat a plant-based, whole food diet as much as possible.” For carb lovers, that means brown rice, whole grain bread and whole wheat pasta. She also recommends intermittent fasting, a way of eating that involves periods of voluntary abstinence from food and drink. “It has great benefits for skin health,” adds Dr Day. “It may be an indirect benefit, but it’s still powerful. I do a daily 16- to 18-hour fast.”

Dairy can cause acne

Dairy can cause acne
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Dermatologists can often tell when a patient has eaten too much dairy. Here’s why: research, including a large review of studies published in 2017 in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, shows a connection between adult acne in women and consumption of not just high glycaemic index foods (like white pasta), but also cow’s milk (particularly skim milk). That’s because dairy can be a “pro-inflammatory,” says cosmetic dermatologist, Dr Paul Jarrod Frank. Which means it can “exacerbate any condition, like acne, that involves inflammation of tissue.”

Worth noting: research showing a connection between dairy and acne implicates cow’s milk specifically, says Dr Day, but “does not seem to apply to sheep or goat sources of milk, yoghurt or cheese.”

Check out which foods you think are dairy-free, but aren’t.

Whey protein shakes can cause acne flare-ups

Whey protein shakes can cause acne flare-ups
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Protein shakes are great for building and repairing your muscles after an intense weight-training session, but research suggests some types of protein may throw your skin out of whack. In particular, whey protein has been shown to cause acne flare-ups, according to a study published in 2017 in Health Promotion Perspectives.

Don’t miss these silent signs you could be eating too much protein.

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Potato chips can increase skin inflammation

Potato chips can increase skin inflammation
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Have you ever seen a dermatologist (or a celebrity, or a plastic surgeon, or anyone with fabulous skin) eating processed snacks like potato chips? Neither have we. “We’re still working on proving it, but it is becoming more accepted among dermatologists that foods have an effect on the skin and specifically on acne,” says Dr Day. “Eating greasy foods does not mean the grease will end up on your skin and cause a breakout, but 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: avoid the snack aisle.

Fried chicken can, too

Fried chicken can, too
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Your taste buds probably love fried foods, but your complexion hates it. Even though legal restrictions have drastically reduced the amount of trans fat allowed in foods, the dangerous fats still occur naturally and some added types can still sneak into your food and increase inflammation.

Here’s the secret that makes KFC’s fried chicken so crunchy.

Sugar can make skin appear more wrinkled

Sugar can make skin appear more wrinkled
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Nothing wrong with the occasional treat, but overindulging on anything loaded with sugar can do a number on your skin. Why? Like all high-glycaemic foods, they raise your blood sugar quickly, leading to inflammation and triggering glycation, which may stiffen collagen fibres; that can leave skin less plump and more wrinkled over time, says Dr Zeichner.

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