The adage “You are what you eat” is an important one to follow in our pursuit for glowing, acne free skin, shiny hair and good health.
This practice of eating well for better health is proven over time to improve our health and general wellbeing. When we eat healthily, and by this we mean a meal low in processed foods and rich in whole foods – grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts – our bodies function better and we will feel alert and more energetic.
Whether we like it or not, our bodily functions are influenced by the food we eat. If we wish to promote good skin health, we should reach for foods that cleanse and detoxify our bodies because toxins in our body can result in acne-ridden skin. The right foods can also balance the hormones that affect oil secretion in skin. This is why teenagers and men are more prone to acne. When the body produces an excess of the male hormone androgen, oil production in skin will increase. This will in turn increase the likelihood of clogged pores that can cause acne. According to the Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, a diet based heavily on dairy, saturated fats, high-glycemic carbohydrates and trans fats can stimulate hormone production.
Foods with high glycemic index such as sweetened cereals, white bread and rice, are filled with sugar and carbohydrates and can cause insulin in your body to spike. Excess of insulin can stimulate your oil glands and this too can make your skin more prone to acne.
However, there is good news! Because we are what we eat, we can reach for foods that improve our skin and health instead of that bag of greasy chips and fat-laden boxed Mac & Cheese. Not sure what to eat to ward off those dreaded bumps on your skin? Our guide below will help get you on the right track!