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6 of the Worst Foods for your Skin

Its should be pretty obvious to most that eating greasy food is going to have a detrimental effect on the quality of your skin. However, some of the food on the “naughty list” may not be quite so obvious. Here are a few that you should at least limit, if you want to keep your skin at it’s finest.

Milk

We’re always told how creat calcium is for your teeth but it’s effect on the skin may not be so great. We’re not talking about avoiding milk entirely as it’s nota food which plays a massive part in skin damage. Drinking high quantities, however, may give you a higher risk of developing breakouts. Skimmed milk is considered to be the biggest problem, as it contains a higher amount of bioavailable hormones which can overstimulate the glands which produce natural oils. It’s effects are minimal so unless you’re drinking several pints per day, there’s no major worry.

Caffeine

Dehydration is one of the biggest causes of skin damage and caffeine will cause your skin to dehydrate. If you can’t resist the lure of it, try to compensate by drinking plenty of water.  If you don’t keep properly hydrated, your skin will become saggy and will become prone to wrinkles.

High-Glycemic Foods

Starchy food like white breads, pastas and cakes, and even corn syrup are best avoided. Foods that are considered high glycemic can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar. A small Australian study from 2007 found that eating a low-glycemic diet reduced acne in young men.

Sugar

High blood sugar can weaken the skin by affecting tissues like collagen and leave you more vulnerable to lines and wrinkles. The problem these days is that a lot of food- even some “healthy” smoothies, can contain sugar and sometimes in high doses.

Alcohol

Alcohol is a natural diuretic, which means the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. 5 to 6 glasses of water are recommended per day and you can up this number slightly if you are a daily drinker. Alcohol can also cause problems such as acne, so if you must indulge, we suggest you do so moderately and top up with a glass of water or two afterwards.

Salt

In moderation, this is not usually a problem, but overindulge and it can cause swelling around the eyes. Salt can cause water retention and make the skin appear uneven. Some food can contain high levels of salt so to add to it can be a risk.

September 25, 2018 — Christopher Niven

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