I’m not a big potato-chip eater, but on the rare occasions I DO indulge, I’m obsessed with making sure I don’t touch my face with my greasy potato-chip fingers. Acne! Shine! These are things I don’t need more of. Unfortunately, most of our unwise-food decisions affect our skin on a much deeper level than that. What you put in your body is crucial for the health of every part of you—including your appearance. We’ve talked at length about foods that are great for your skin. (We’ve even shared some favorite recipes!) Could your food choices be accelerating the aging process? Is it possible your diet is leading to breakouts? Spring clean the contents of your refrigerator! (And, in the meantime, zap blemishes with this tried-and-true acne solution.) But which foods should you avoid?*
1. We’re sad to report that white breads, cake, pasta, and the like cause your body to experience a high glycemic index—and potentially more acne, accelerated aging, and inflammation. The good news? You can still enjoy your favorite carbs. Just be sure to choose/make them with whole grains instead. Whole grains are anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants.
2. Sugar is another culprit that speeds up the aging process and weakens immunity, thereby making skin less able to fight bacteria. The solution: choose ‘naturally’ sweet foods (fruits) instead of cake and cookies.
3. Fried foods may cause an oil buildup in your body and may trap bacteria, causing you to break out more. Instead: put down the fries and choose snacks wisely.
4. Excess salt can make you look puffy and unhealthy by causing your tissues to swell. It also aggravates acne. Be sure to check the sodium labels on all processed food, and stay away from the salt shaker whenever possible.