Is Your Diet Impacting Your Skin?

“You are what you eat,” is a saying that has been circulating for years. And although it can be true that if you eat fat, you are going to be fat, there are other factors at play that contribute to your body mass. When it comes to the health of your skin, however, is your diet playing a significant role? Are those french fries causing your acne? Read on to learn more.

Fried Foods

If you work in the fast food industry and are always surrounded by deep fryers, you are more prone to develop acne. When the grease from the food comes in direct contact with your skin, it can clog your pores and cause blemishes. But does eating fried foods cause acne? This is a topic that has been long discussed and debated amongst dermatologists everywhere, and in short, it’s safe to say that eating fried foods doesn’t cause acne.

Healthy Foods

Superfoods like kale and pomegranates are considered to be superfoods because they are packed full of vitamins and minerals that can do wonders for your body. The more vitamins— like vitamin A— that your body has, the better able it is to restore itself. For instance, if you are losing elasticity in your skin but eat a diet full of vitamin A, it can help to restore the collagen in your skin. Remember that the healthier the food you eat, the healthier your skin will be.

Hydration

Drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day will help your entire body— including your skin— to stay hydrated. And, the more hydrated your skin is, the less likely you are to get things like fine lines and wrinkles and acne. So, the next time you are debating whether or not you should reach for another glass of water, do it for the sake of your skin.

There are many factors that lead to good skin including genetics, your environment, and hormones, but food can also play a factor. If you would like to learn more about how you can take better care of your skin, contact the doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Group today!

 

 

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