As you all know, while I strongly believe that medical-grade skincare can elevate the appearance of your skin, I also feel that what’s going on inside your body plays a major role in your skin health. The tried-and-true method to attain clear, glowy, and healthy skin is to change your diet. If you struggle with acne, this post is especially for you.
I am often asked how to achieve naturally clear and youthful-looking skin without using chemicals or splurging on fancy products. The skincare industry revolves around the idea that “This new product and this new service will give you eternal youth!” As you all know, while I strongly believe that medical-grade skincare can elevate the appearance of your skin, I also feel that what’s going on inside your body plays a major role in your skin health. Today, I’m going to break it down for you. The tried-and-true method to attain clear, glowy, and healthy skin is to change your diet. If you struggle with acne, this post is especially for you.
One of the healthiest habits you can develop is drinking a ton of water. When you’re chugging your Hydroflask from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep, you’re providing your body’s organs with much-needed moisture. Without that moisture, your pores are more likely to appear dry and inflamed, and breakouts are more likely. Drinking tons of water helps your face to achieve that glow-from-within look that many people search for in facial oils and serums.
Sugar in any form influences two of the biggest acne triggers: hormones and inflammation. As you eat processed carbohydrates like white sugar, your blood sugar levels increase at a faster rate, and your pancreas responds by releasing insulin. By reducing sugar, you may be able to decrease the amount of insulin (and as a result, oil and acne production) your body makes. Unprocessed sugar, found in fruits and vegetables, is much less likely to cause a breakout. Basically, staying away from junk food is your best option in order to be healthier in all areas of your life, including your skin.
Any products containing milk such as cheese, sour cream, yogurt, etc. cause a greater production of testosterone and other androgens, which influence the hormone receptors in the skin to begin producing acne. Whey and casein, the proteins in milk, stimulate growth and hormones in calves — and in us when we drink their milk. When we digest these proteins, they release a hormone similar to insulin, called IGF-1. This hormone is known to trigger breakouts. It’s also very important to remember that we all react differently to different hormones and food products. The amazing thing about the human body is that no two are the same. When I cut dairy out of my diet, my breakouts stopped immediately. You may have a different experience though, so play around with your dairy intake and see how your skin responds to the change!
Alcohol causes inflammation, dehydration, and ultimately damages your immune system. Alcohol can decrease the number of protective cells in your body, so you’re more likely to get an infection or irritation. Therefore, your body is less equipped to fight off the bacteria that may be formed on your skin, and you could break out. Completely eliminating alcohol may not be the solution for you, because who doesn’t LOVE enjoying an ice-cold michelada on a hot summer day? Everything is moderation is the key and limiting your alcohol consumption to 1-2 days per week rather than a nightly drink will have a positive impact on your skin!
At The Skin Company, our mission is to help you achieve beauty from the outside in. However, while Botox is amazing, there is no magic shortcut to achieving health or youth. The key to lasting health and vibrance starts with your daily routines. Let these tips be a guide for you this week as you pay close attention to what you’re putting into your body. Big changes don’t need to happen at once! Start off by being mindful and then work to create balance in each area of your diet and your life.
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