While everyone’s skin is different, there are five foods that are the most common triggers for skin conditions like acne and redness:
- - Dairy
- - Wheat
- - Sugar
- - Corn
- - Soy
Time and time again, these foods have proven to be hard, or even impossible, for the body to process and digest. Your body, in a gracious attempt to alert you of its struggle, begins to show these symptoms in your skin. A couple pimples, or a full breakout, is simply a signal that your gut is requesting some changes to your diet.
When I first started seeing signs of something in my body going awry, I began removing each of these foods one by one to find the culprit. Ultimately, removing all of them from your diet is best if you can. You’ll be greeted by some wonderful feelings of health: better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, and of course, glowing skin.
While I do believe that there are some occasions to eat whatever is put in front of you with thankfulness, the point isn’t to make you concerned about every little crumb you eat. Be aware of how changing food habits that might seem harmless could be the answer to the problem you’ve been trying to solve with your skin. I like to think of it this way: being aware of what you’re eating and how it affects your body is like beginning a relationship. You’re learning your body’s needs so that you can flow more and more in alignment together. You and your body can be a team instead of an unintentional civil war.
Why You’re Probably Eating These Foods Without Even Knowing It!
Alright, now you know the foods to avoid, and you might have even cut these foods out of your diet already (good for you!).
Unfortunately, these foods can still be hiding in strange places. Let’s say you go to a restaurant with some friends, and you’re looking for the healthiest option on the menu. You choose a salad - it’s healthy and doesn’t have any of the above five ingredients, right? The actual lettuce and vegetables in the salad are probably fine. More often than not, though, traditional salad dressings contain soy or high fructose corn syrup! It’s crazy how unnecessary ingredients are hiding in so-called healthy meals, isn’t it?
Here are several other meals that I keep an eye on:
- - Sugar may be found in tomato sauce or marinara
- - Cooking spray may contain soy
- - Energy and protein bars may contain soy and sugar
- - Soups may contain dairy, soy, and sugar
- - Many sauces have gluten, corn, soy and sugar.
The one ingredient that always surprises me is the amount of sugar in foods that aren’t sweet, like crackers, ketchup, and tea. Remember that many vegan and gluten-free alternatives to traditional meals contain soy, so it’s a good idea to do a quick glance at the ingredients list and make sure that soy - along with its other forms like hydrolyzed soy protein, edamame, soy protein isolate, and soybean oil - isn’t on the list.
I wish that every restaurant and grocery store offered only pure, healthy foods, and some companies are definitely starting to pave the way in that direction. Knowing the ingredients in your food and reading the labels of what you purchase is so much more than a current trend. Your body will thank you if you take the time to educate yourself and avoid foods that might be hidden triggers. Stand in the grocery store aisle for that extra three seconds so that you know what’s in your food, and don’t be shy to ask for the ingredient list when you’re at a restaurant!
I hope these suggestions help you take your diet and your skin’s radiance to the next level. Remember to pair these good habits with a well-rounded Skincare Ritual. All the best to you in your journey to better health and beautiful skin!