Step Closer to Healthier Skin
Updated: Apr 13
The foods you eat can either help or harm your chances for clear, calm skin. Food provides us with the building blocks for healthy skin cells. The foods you eat may contribute to inflammatory skin conditions — acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea. Our food choices can even affect how well our skin ages.
Finding out what foods are linked to your unique skin problems can bring you a step closer to healthier skin. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to foods that may trigger skin problems. A food that might not be a trigger for someone else could be a trigger for you.
A recent article in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Care stated: "Just taking good care of our skin is not enough to remain young and beautiful. So, we can’t deny the role of a balanced diet, plenty of water, sufficient sleep, exercise, positive thinking, and attitude in the healthy skin" (Akalin & Selamoglu, 2019). It is important for people with all skin types to eat food that is anti-inflammatory, beneficial to gut health, and rich in antioxidants. If an imbalanced gut microbiome is contributing to skin problems, you may need to consume more gut-friendly foods, or start taking a good quality probiotic.
High blood sugar levels could cause inflammation for people who struggle with hormonal acne. You may need to consume more low-sugar and low glycemic foods — as well as eating more spices such as turmeric and cinnamon, which can help maintain a low blood sugar.
To figure out which foods you are sensitive to, testing might be your best bet. An integrative nutrition coach can help you track the foods causing your flares. She can also help you create a personalized food plan for clearer skin. Seeing a reflexologist may also be helpful. It may take stimulating the endocrine system to balance hormones, or stimulating the lymphatic system to help reduce skin inflammation. Unfortunately, switching to a clean diet alone may not eliminate all signs of skin problems.
Take the initiative to develop a relationship with a holistic esthetician. She can help you to address both external and internal factors affecting your skin. Knowing which foods benefit your skin can help you reach your goals. There is hope for clearer, healthier skin!
~Amanda Wettstein, Licensed Esthetician