Elize About ~ My skin feels fussy – Part 2: Foods vs Skin


From my post a few days ago My skin feels fussy – Part 1, I talked about how things such as being out of routine or being particularly busy stops us from taking care of our skins, especially by making bad food choices, not drinking enough water and lack of excercise.

After almost 2 weeks of returning to my healthy habits I can say that my skin is feeling and looking better. I made a point of drinking more water by placing a few bottles of water in the rooms around the house. This had been a great reminder and got me back into my water drinking routine. At work I have also made a point of carrying a bottle of water with me around the premises. This already makes a huge difference to not only how my skin feels and looks, but also how I feel overall. Without a doubt water is one of the key beauty solutions. I also decided to give up chocolate for a while and I cannot begin to express how much better I feel altogether!

When I was about 15 I started being careful about what I eat after blood tests revealed that I have high cholesterol (the genetic type) I wasn’t particularly active at that time because of a knee operation I had following a sports injury one year earlier. I was also, like most teenagers, pretty bad with my food choices. My skin in particular was like any normal teenage skin with a lot of sebum (oil) production, blackheads and painful spots. At that stage in my life I had no clue of skincare and would only buy a cleanser from the supermarket thinking this will solve all my skincare problems.

Owing to the fact that I now knew that I have cholesterol, I started making a point of being healthier. Gradually I started changing my eating habits and exchanged my 6 cups of instant coffee for a healthier option of Rooibos Tea (also known as Redbush Tea in England) I also started having less fatty foods in my diet and cut back on dairy. Of course I lost a great deal of weight, but one of the huge bonusses was how much my skin had improved.

When I studied health and skincare, I discovered just how much the foods we eat are linked to how our skin respond. For a long time scientists claimed that there was no evidence that certain foods affects the skin, but time and time again I have seen it through my own little experiments. Also after advising my clients to cut out or reduce certain foods from their diet, 9 out of 10 times I was right. Thankfully over the past few years more dermatologists and clinical scientists agree that your skin responds to what you consume.

So today I thought to provide a brief list of which foods causes acne and breakouts and also those that can worsen the condition.

SUGAR

Seeing that acne is an inflammatory condition of the skin, sugar is unfortunately a contributor owing to it’s inflammatory actions. Another reason to give up refined sugar foods. It doesn’t mean you have to entirely give up on sugar, but instead opt for natural sugars which are present in fruits and some vegetables. And the more raw you can have these foods, the better. Honey, in small amounts, is also a healthier sugar in addition to syrup.

COFFEE

Caffeine is not what is bad for your skin but rather and organic acid in coffee beans that raises cortisol levels. This stimulates oil production and further inflammation.

DAIRY

Dairy does nothing good for the skin. According to research, dairy contains hormones that encourages certain triggers in pimple causing hormones. Instead opt for rice milk or almond milk as a diary alternative.


WHEAT and GLUTEN

We all love our piece of bread or that delicious muffin at the local coffee shop. Sadly these foods contain wheat which worsens acne. Very much like sugar, it also causes inflammation. Wheat also contains gluten which is another trigger of acne.

PEANUTS

Peanuts contains an androgen which worsen acne by further sebum (oil) production. Signs of consuming too many peanuts or peanut containing foods will generally cause breakouts and congestion around the nose. If you like eating nuts it is better to opt for non-androgen raising ones such as almonds.

There are many other foods that are acne causing triggers but the list is vast. My advice on how to try and discover what may be your acne causing triggers will be to keep a food diary for a week. When you write down what you eat it will give you an idea of what you tend to eat and drink the most. Chances are good that you will discover more than one pimple triggering food in your daily diet – very much like I did.

For more information and advice on Skincare, drop me an email at elize@elizeaboutbeauty.com, I’d love to help!

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