There have long since been many myths and old wives’ tales as to the reason for bad skin, some say it’s due to greasy, fatty foods, some say sweets and chocolate cause blemishes and acne. Well, according to the International Journal of Dermatology, these are nothing but old wives’ tales, and there’s absolutely no truth to them whatsoever. So, what does cause bad skin, and what can you do to prevent it?
Eating a Balanced Diet
Although eating everything in site isn’t the root cause for bad skin or acne, eating a healthy well balanced diet certainly goes a long way in the healthy skin department. Healthy eating, such as fruits and vegetables, supply the body with natural nutrients that replenish and boost the body in all areas, the face is most certainly one area that is positively affected by eating well.
What you put into your body has a great effect on the way your outward appearance looks, but the inside of your body and how it properly functions is a big reason for good or bad skin health. Acne is caused by hormones called androgens that affect the oil glands within the face, so carefully watching which foods affect the hormone levels within the body is a good way to gauge how your skin will react to them.
Everything from sugar, alcohol, caffeine and saturated fat, all affect the level of hormones in the body, too much of them can send the androgen levels haywire. If these things play a large part in your every day diet, and you aren’t happy with the condition of your skin, then it may be wise to cut them from your diet completely. Avoiding processed foods and eating more natural, organic foods will supply the body with the sufficient nutrients it needs to keep the skin healthier. Other alternatives such as soy or yogurt will drastically improve the condition of your skin.
Vitamin A has been proven to contribute to skin health, it is generally found in foods such as fish, specifically salmon and sardines, also milk and eggs. Most fruits and vegetables are turned into vitamin A inside the body as well. Vitamin C helps the skin stay firm and helps with any inflammation, and vitamin E found in nuts and seeds help prevent scarring of the skin which can be common in some severe acne cases.
Caring for your skin should be a priority; as you age the skin becomes more and more fragile. The better you care for it now, the better it will look later in life. Treat the skin from the inside out. Eating healthy should be an important part of your daily routine, not just for the skin but for your entire body and overall health.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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