10 Foods Dermatologists Would Never Eat
Certain foods can ruin your skin. Keep these off your plate for a clear complexion.
How your diet affects your skin
Bad news for those of us who love a late-night fast food binge: What you put in your body is as important for your skin as what you put on it. Antioxidant-rich foods are some of the best foods for your skin and a few simple diet adjustments can help brighten, plump, or lock in moisture. Other foods that can be acne triggers in some people, can also cause redness and irritation. We talked to the derms about what ingredients they’ve banished from their plates in the name of good skin.
Diet soda: Bad for cellulite
You’ve certainly heard to skip the soda (yes, even diet!) for your waistline, but the acidity in diet soda is especially harsh on your skin. According to cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, the acid will cause “fat cells to swell”—have you ever heard a more upsetting phrase?—which means cellulite can look worse. Listen to these 11 secrets your skin wishes you knew about healthy skin.
Spicy foods: Makes rosacea worse
If you have rosacea, Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, recommends skipping Taco Tuesday. “Any foods that cause your blood vessels to dilate and make you flush may cause a flare,” he says. Here are other foods that can trigger rosacea.
Platefuls of pasta
Let’s take a moment to consider the cruel phrase “carb face”—a puffiness that occurs when you’ve eaten too many carbs (and which we can all agree is sometimes worth it.) Dr. Frank reminds us that simple carbs like pasta can exacerbate acne and cellulite growth and change fluid levels in the body. Minimize your intake in favor of lean proteins and veggies. These are the 17 skin care tips dermatologists follow themselves.
I once sat down for a facial in which the esthetician took one look at my skin and said to me: “You’re eating too much dairy.” Dairy can be a “pro-inflammatory,” says Dr. Frank,” which means it can “exacerbate any condition, like acne, that involves inflammation of tissue.”
If you’re concerned about acne breakouts, try making the switch to whole wheat. Dr. Frank recommends avoiding the carbohydrates in white bread (not to mention white rice and other simple carbs.) Take a look at the 9 ways dermatologists get rid of pimples.
Ever see a dermatologist (or a celebrity, or a plastic surgeon, or anyone with fabulous skin) eating processed snacks like potato chips? Avoid store-bought, prepackaged snacks that are high in the acidity that can cause inflammation, and supplement with these healthy snack recipes instead.
Dr. Zeichner recommends avoiding foods with high glycemic loads (read: dessert). Those office cupcakes can lead to inflammation and cause “glycation,” a stiffening of collagen fibers that makes skin more wrinkled over time. Make sure you know the everyday habits that wreck your skin.
Your taste buds probably love fried foods, but your complexion hates it. Deep fried foods lead to excess oil production within the skin,” Rhonda Klein, MD, a dermatologist at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut told the Daily Meal. “The hydrogenated trans fats found in deep fried food will also have a negative impact on your complexion.” Even though legal restrictions have vastly limited the amount of trans fat allowed in foods, some of the trans fat can still sneak into your food. These inflammatory fats can increase the inflammation of the skin. Don’t miss the other 9 reasons why your skin hates you that go far beyond what you eat.
Hitting up the local deli for an Italian sub every day could do a number on your skin because deli meats are packed with sodium. In fact, just three slices of Genoa salami has 493 mg of sodium, that adds up to 21 percent of your daily sodium intake! And if you think you’re being healthy by opting for the turkey sub, a single, two-ounce serving of deli turkey meat has even more sodium – a whopping 625 mg. “High-sodium diets will cause water retention, swelling, and puffiness, particularly around the eyes,” Klein told the Daily Meal.
Whey protein shakes
Protein shakes are great for building and repairing your muscles after an intense weight-training session, but some types of protein may throw your skin out of whack. In particular, whey protein has been shown to cause acne flare-ups. “[Whey proteins] can have similar effects on the skin as drinking too much milk, as they also trigger insulin release from the pancreas and raise insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels.” David Lortscher, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, CEO and founder of Curology, told Insider. This IGF-1 is a hormone that is well-known for triggering breakouts. Next, make sure you never put these 10 things on your face.