The expression “you are what you eat” suggests that your current diet might be affecting your skin. Research shows that the consumption of the right nutrients can do wonders for your skin while the lack of proper nutrients can have a negative impact on skin including dryness, wrinkles and premature thinning of the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body; a healthy diet can help to improve how you feel on the outside as well as how you feel about your appearance on the outside. 

Inflammation can occur if your diet consists of highly processed foods, fatty foods and refined carbohydrates. Sugar and dairy products can also affect skin with puffiness and acne. Dryness of the skin can be caused by a high-fat, high-sugar diet. Chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and rosacea can be exacerbated by certain food groups. Patients suffering from rosacea find that flare ups tend to clear when avoiding coffee, chocolate and red wine. Psoriasis and acne sufferers tend to find relief when they give up dairy, high-sugar foods and fatty foods. Iodine rich foods can also trigger acne. On the flip side, a well-balanced diet can promote healthy skin. While foods with high levels of saturated fat can have a negative impact on skin, healthy fats, especially those with omega-3 fatty acid, can improve skin cell health. These foods include avocados, dark chocolate, eggs, olive oil, nuts such as almonds, peanuts, and walnuts, seeds such as flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, and fish such as salmon, tuna, and trout. Making even small changes to your diet can help alleviate skin issues. Try eliminating one type of the foods mentioned above to see if your symptoms improve. In addition to proper nutrition, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Dehydration can cause skin issues such as dryness, more noticeable fine lines and dull complexion. 

Navigating what to eat and how it benefits your skin can be tricky. Not all foods affect all people in the same way. If you are concerned about skin issues and want to learn more about the impact your current diet may be having on your skin, book your appointment with THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology today. Our caring providers can provide professional advice and comprehensive treatment plans to give you your best skin possible. Call 602-867-7546 or schedule online at WEBSITE.