Seven ways your diet negatively impacts your skin

Seven ways your diet negatively impacts your skin

4 May 2015

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘you are what you eat’ – and while that’s true for the good stuff, it’s also true for the bad food in your diet too. Here are seven types of food to avoid if you want to protect your skin.


  • Carbs

You need some carbs in your diet to fill you up, but try to avoid refined carbohydrates such as pasta, fizzy drinks, and bread as these foods cause a rise in your blood sugar levels, releasing hormones that stimulate oil production – which leads to clogged pores. If you suffer from Acne, try to replace these foods with more vegetables and whole grain food and see if it makes a difference.

  • Sugar

If your diet is rich in sugary foods and sweet drinks, this will have a damaging effect on your skin’s collagen and elastin, causing premature ageing. Cut down on the sugar to prevent the early onset of wrinkles.

  • Dairy

In moderation, dairy products are essential to keep your bones strong and healthy. Too much however can lead to spots, blackheads and whiteheads. Those prone to Acne may notice it gets worse if they eat a lot of dairy.

  • Salt

Too much salt in your diet can cause your tissues to swell, leading to dark circles and puffy eyes. In higher doses, it has also been known to increase breakouts. You can reduce your salt intake by rinsing vegetables, beans and meats – as well as eating foods rich in potassium.

  • Fats

In a bid to become healthier, many people make the mistake of cutting all fats from their diet. However, cutting out the good fats can cause wrinkles, dry skin and inflammation. Foods such as walnuts, salmon and soybeans provide our bodies with protection against these skin problems by keeping the skin hydrated.

  • Coffee

Too much coffee can cause your body to produce too much cortisol. Known as the stress hormone, cortisol damages skin by speeding up the ageing process and causes dehydration and a dull appearance. If you absolutely must have your coffee fix, try replacing one or two cups per day with a decaffeinated blend.

  • Alcohol

We all know the health risks associated with drinking too many units of alcohol – in addition, it can also play havoc with your skin, causing it to look dull, wrinkled and dry. Known to trigger skin conditions including Rosacea and Acne, it’s best to stick to the recommended intake.


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