The Relationship Between Food/Drink And Your Skin || CIIN’s Beauty Editor’s Must Read!

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When it comes to obtaining an optimal skin condition, skincare products are not the only factor which defines the way your skin behaves. One must incorporate lifestyle, food, drink and habits as crucial and quite impactful aspects on our skin. Today we will be discussing how diet and certain foods -one part of the equation- can affect the way our skin looks and acts out..


1 || Will Consuming Dairy Cause Acne?

The answer to this concern is essentially clear and confirmed. Consuming dairy does in fact cause flare ups of hormonal acne especially in the form of cysts on the chin and jawline. If you find it hard to cut dairy from your diet then avoiding cystic acne can be done by opting for less processed dairy..


2 || Does Sugar Exacerbate Acne Conditions?

Let’s say it’s worth the try. Many people who suffer from acne have desperately tried many approaches to inhibit breakouts, and cutting out on sugar was one of them. Although not always definitive, scientifically speaking lowering sugar intake does in fact make a difference, but how? Foods with a high glycemic index (like white bread, pasta, starchy foods and sweets) are rapidly absorbed by our bodies. This leads to higher serum glucose levels and elevated levels of insulin (a sugar spike). Insulin and IGF-1 have been shown to increase oil production and elevate androgens, a group of hormones that are thought to play a role in acne development. So, why not try cutting out sugar for 2 weeks at least if you believe it is the cause of your acne, to many, this correlation existed!


3 || Will Eating Strawberries Result in Skin Rashes?

Although not very common, but episodes of unexplained skin rashes especially around the chin and mouth after consuming strawberries is evident.. When red sores around the mouth occur it means one is allergic or genetically cannot accept them.


4 || Does More Water Intake Mean Better Hydrated Skin?

Fact; drinking water doesn’t hydrate your skin like you think it does. People tend to put so much emphasis on the importance of water for getting plumper and clearer skin. Well, those mentioned skin conditions result from other triggers such as topical creams and lifestyle habits. While it is very important to keep our systems well hydrated, come to think about it, how will the water you drink travel all the way from your intestines to the outermost layer of your skin? Meaning, whether you’re an excellent consumer of water or not, your skin hydration level has no relation to that.


5 || Will High Sodium Foods Result in Under-Eye Puffiness?

Most certainly! This is 100% very true and there’s no arguing that.   Foods such as BBQ, Chinese or Thai are very high in salt content. Which explains why we tend to wake up with swollen under-eyes in the morning. Even the face gets puffy. The cause of this is simply that sodium encourages water retention, purely science!


6 || Citrus Fruits Combined With Direct Sunlight Can Cause a Reaction, Resulting in Skin Discoloration!

This is shocking! All those days basking under the sun while sipping orange juice thinking I was doing my skin a favor by providing it with  antioxidants! Turns out I was encouraging what turned out to be Phytophotodermatitis.. A condition in which the chemicals in citrus fruits (limes, lemons, and even celery) cause a chemical reaction on the skin when exposed to UV sunlight. It’s also called “lime disease” (not to be confused with Lyme Disease). Worst case, the result can be blistering and burns, but in mild cases, it will simply form brown pigment. The spots eventually fade on their own but can linger for months. This might explain the sudden emergence of hyperpigmentation during summertime. From now on try to consume your daily need of vitamin C post sun exposure!


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7 || How About Gluten? Will a Gluten-Free Diet Improve Acne?

Research doesn’t support that a gluten-free diet will clear up your existing acne. This doesn’t mean gluten can’t affect the body. Many  people who have been tested to discover they have a gluten sensitivity felt so much better. But, to cure acne? Never the case.


8 || Red Wine, Citrus, and Spices Can And Will Trigger Rosacea Flare-Ups

There is a connection between rosacea and an imbalance in the gut. People with rosacea are more likely to suffer from some kind of gastrointestinal disease. This includes celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome, to name a few. Red wine, spicy foods, cinnamon, citrus fruits, tomatoes and chocolate all contain a compound called cinnamaldehyde. This is what’s thought to trigger rosacea symptoms by causing a warming sensation. Since rosacea is thought to be affected by an imbalance in the gut, you can  try eating fiber-rich foods (which act as prebiotics) as well as probiotic foods to promote a healthy gut.


9 || Oral Probiotics For Gut Health Helps The Skin In Some Small Way

Gut microbiome refers to the bacteria, fungi, and other microbes found within your gastrointestinal tract that help with digestion, your immune system, and many other functions. Any imbalance will affect both your digestive system and the way your skin will eventually behave. That said, don’t expect probiotics consumption to completely clear up any skin condition, whether it’s acne, rosacea or eczema. Just be aware that any imbalance might exacerbate these types of inflammatory conditions.


10 || The Skin Vs. Antioxidants Intake

Without a doubt, consuming a diet high in antioxidants will eliminate  free radicals. It is one of the best ways to stay healthy and maintain youthful-looking skin in the long-run. Examples of antioxidant-rich foods will be avocados, berries, almonds, sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli, grapes, citrus fruits, spinach, carrots, cantaloupes and tomatoes.


11 || Alcohol 

We’ve all heard that a glass of wine a day can provide health benefits, but whether or not this is true, it’s not benefitting your skin in any way. A few of the ways alcohol can negatively impact your skin is by causing blemishes, redness, skin aging, skin dehydration and puffiness.


12 || Last But Not Least: COFFEE!

This point is going to take its worth of time, after all, aren’t we all coffee abusers? If you have acne, you might want to look at your coffee intake.. While caffeine on its own doesn’t cause acne, it could make breakouts worse by increasing levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in our bodies. This is especially true if you drink coffee when you’re already feeling stressed. In fact, caffeine can actually double your body’s stress response. Increased cortisol levels can trigger sebaceous glands to produce more oil, creating the perfect breeding ground for acne. If you drink coffee late in the day, it could interfere with your quality of sleep, which won’t do your stress levels any favors. It’s also worth thinking about what you add to your coffee. Both dairy and sugar have the potential to trigger breakouts, so if you add a lot of either, it could be impacting your skin. In the end, it really comes down to how much coffee you drink, what time of day you drink it, and what you add to it.