How does diet affect skin health?

As a dermatologist, the type of diet we eat has a significant impact on our skin health. Consuming foods high in beneficial nutrients such as vitamin C, A, proteins, healthy fats, and minerals can increase collagen formation, slow down aging, make the skin firmer and elastic, improving its appearance in the long run. However, diets consisting of highly processed foods, refined sugars, and unhealthy fats increase skin conditions such as acne, sun sensitivity, aging symptoms, and lower skin health.

How can processed food leads to skin issues?

Processed foods contain refined sugars and grains that can trigger inflammation, increasing the risk of infections like acne. The foods can inhibit the production of essential skin chemicals such as elastin and collagen, lowering your skin elasticity and firmness and increasing premature aging signs. 

What is a specifically processed food that is particularly bad for the skin, and why I highly advise you to cut off or limit your intake of fried foods, salty snacks, fatty meat, bacon, alcohol, and candy as they are high in sugars or unhealthy fats that can cause body inflammation spiking skin issues.

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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