Foods that can cause acne and other skin conditions
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
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.
Spicy foods can make rosacea worse
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.