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Whenever we have problems with our skin, we are usually so quick to blame the sun, our skincare routine, or even the best skincare products on the market.

Time and time again, however, Precision Skin Institute is helping clients understand the relationship between food and skin health – and that what you’re eating could very well be what’s causing your skin troubles. 

We’re in a health-crazed time in society, which is great. But even if your diet is making your body look and feel it’s best, it could very well be doing the opposite to your face.

Here’s how to know if what you’re eating is affecting your skin in all the wrong ways:

Dealing with acne?

Then what you eat could be causing you more problems than you realize. Certain foods, unfortunately the ones that taste delicious, help trigger an inflammatory response in your body causing acne of all kinds. While the following culprits are not necessarily university, some foods to avoid for beautiful, acne-free skin include:

  • White bread
  • Processed breakfast cereals
  • White rice and pretzels
  • Potato chips
  • Cookies, cakes and sweets

Does your skin look puffy and tired all the time?

You know that look I’m talking about. The one that screams “I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in ages and I’m starting to look my age.” Puffy, tired skin doesn’t look good on anyone, and contrary to popular belief, is not just caused by age and lack of sleep!  Some culinary culprits that contribute to this skincare issue include:

  • Alcohol
  • Foods high in sodium like potato chips
  • Foods containing MSG like soy sauces and Asian specialties
  • Carbohydrates
  • Condiments like mustard, relish, ketchup
  • Canned soups
  • Meats and cheeses

Redness and rosacea?

Another telltale sign that what you’re eating is negatively affecting your skin. For some people rosacea is hereditary but for others, this embarrassing redness may come directly from last night’s meal. Unfortunately, there are a whole host of foods, condiments, and beverages that  contribute to facial redness. Hot spicy herbs, seasonings, vinegars, spices, peppers and hot sauces all act as vascular dilators causing an increase in facial redness and a heated facial flush. Other foods that rank high as culprits that increase facial flushing include citrus juices and fruits, tomatoes, figs, red plums, bananas, chocolates and cheese. Dairy products such as milk, sour cream, ice cream, yogurt, and smoothies; vegetables including spinach, avocados, eggplant, a variety of broad-leaf pods and beans such as peas, navy beans or butter beans may cause vascular dilatation or facial flushing for some people. This could also very signify a food allergy is present, so you’ll want to visit your doctor if this is become a persistent issue.

For a face that glows and skin that represents how well you take care of your body, stick to a clean diet, include lots of movement into your daily routine, and stay hydrated! 

And don’t worry, you can totally eat your way to great skin – get the secrets, here!

To really get to the bottom of what is causing your skin issues, it’s always best to consult with one of the skincare professionals at Precision Skin Institute, where health skin means a very healthy YOU!