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6 Worst Foods For Your Skin

By Sydney Cook
Posted On May 31, 2016
6 Worst Foods For Your Skin


As cliché as it is, “you are what you eat” deems true when it comes to our skin. If your bathroom trash can is piling up with empty acne treatment bottles and you feel like you’ve exhausted all of your dermatologist-tested options, it may be time to ask yourself the big question.

Is your diet causing you to breakout?

Many Americans suffer from acne, while others get occasional breakouts. There are certain patterns you could be repeating daily that can cause your skin to breakout. The hard part is discovering the root of the problem.

Ditching these six foods may be the key to saving your skin.

Dried Fruit

Fresh fruit is a healthy choice loaded with fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. However, the dried variety is on the opposite end of the health spectrum. Avoid all types of dried fruit, whether it’s dried apples, apricots, bananas, raisins, or cranberries if you are looking to clear your skin. These snacks are refined carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index. Aside from white rice, crackers, white bread, and cereal also fall into this category.


If you’re a sushi lover, don’t worry. Not all sushi causes acne, but beware of the popular California Roll. White rice has a high glycemic index, which causes a dramatic spike in blood sugar. This leads to a rush of hormones that can increase oil production and spark breakouts. Artificial crab meat and soy sauce contains gluten, a common acne-aggravating culprit. And even the nori sheets contain iodine, which can aggravate acne as stated above.


Shrimp, crab, and lobster are packed with iodine, which can clog pores and cause acne. While iodine is an essential mineral for optimal health and skin, it can trigger breakouts in those who are acne-prone, have a sensitivity to the mineral, or consume too much of it. Instead, satisfy your seafood craving with fish high in skin boosting omega-3 fatty acids like salmon.

Photo Credit: Shuttetstock
Photo Credit: Shuttetstock


Happy hour isn’t so happy anymore. Unfortunately, alcohol is a diuretic that dehydrates your skin, highlights wrinkles, and clogs your pores. If you don’t want to go completely cold turkey on your boozy habit, you don’t have to. Red wine contains the antioxidant resveratrol, and studies have shown that this chemical benefits skin aging.


Milk actually does well for the body and skin. However, when consumed, it can aggravate skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Milk can be full of biologically active growth hormones and growth factors, which appear to make their way into our blood stream affecting insulin, causing inflammation, and ramping up oil production. The result: Zit City. Choose non-dairy options like coconut or almond. In spite of that, the skin can benefit from milk’s combination of water, fats, and protein by using it topically.


Even some of our favorite fresh-pressed juices that adorn our breakfast tables daily can cause breakouts. Though fruit drinks are sugar delivery vehicles, it’s actually the juices’ lack of fiber that is bad news for your skin. Fiber is crucial for preventing blood sugar swings that prematurely age skin. Without the vital substance, wrinkles will follow.


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