While it may come as a surprise, the health of your skin starts from within. Many of today's skincare fads promise quick, lasting results, but in reality, what you eat has more of an affect on keeping frustrating breakouts at bay.
If a total overhaul of your diet doesn't sound ideal, don't panic! Let's get you on track towards achieving a clearer, radiant complexion by cutting out the top three foods/beverages that've been proven to cause inflammation.
ANYTHING WITH PROCESSED SUGAR
Adding sugar is an undoubtedly sweet way to make our favorite dishes taste even better. But eating a lot of it — especially high-glycemic foods like white bread, soda, candy, etc. — wrecks havoc on your gut, which often shows up on your skin as acne. Sugar also accelerates aging by attacking vital collagen and elastin fibers that help keep the hydrated and wrinkle-free.
ANYTHING WITH ALCOHOL
Almost all of us enjoy a night out (or in) with friends accompanied by a craft cocktail (or two). Yet if you've ever experienced a hangover, you know just how much alcohol can dehydrate the body. As the body's largest organ, our skin suffers (blotchiness and redness are tell-tale signs) when we drink a lot, too.
ANYTHING WITH GLUTEN
Despite some conflicting claims, there's evidence to prove that gluten — a family of proteins found in grains, including wheat, rye, spelt and barley — does indeed trigger acne, eczema and rosacea in some individuals. Why? It's most likely due to their body's sensitivity or intolerance. So, if you're relatively healthy but still can't find the source of your chronic acne flare-ups, try avoiding gluten and note any changes over a 30-day period.
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