Since moving to New York six months ago, I’ve dealt with complexion defections unlike any I had ever previously experienced. Maybe it’s the stress, the partying or the filth of the city, but it’s been tough to deal with. My skin has improved marginally since I begged my dermatologist to fix my face, but I’m ready to kick it up a notch.
My product and hygiene game is pretty on point, but nutritionally I need to start caring more. How unfortunate is it that what you eat affects the way you feel and the way you look? Even more unfortunate is that some of the really delicious stuff is destroying your appearance. I hate it. Why can’t my mouth pleasures lead exclusively to glowing skin, long hair and strong nails? Woe is me!
It’s not that I don’t love kale and avocados and chia seeds, I’m a Californian and I actually do effing love Kale, but I also love foods that are “bad for you” and I want to eat them with impunity. Diet and acne are linked, but it’s been difficult for doctors and scientists to determine which foods are linked to breakouts. They do have theories…
According to scientific speculation, here are the worst foods for your complexion:
Refined Carbs- Shocking. Just kidding, not shocking even a little bit. According to Dr. Francesca Fusco:
“A diet with a high glycemic index – basically, processed foods like bread and refined grains that are quickly broken down into sugar – can have a terrible effect on skin,”
This next bit actually did shock me: the greasy fried foods that cause acne, make you break out from processed carbs and not from fat.
Theoretically, refined carbohydrates cause spikes in insulin levels which hikes up your sebum and clogs your pores.
Dairy- Many dermatologists and skin experts support the idea that dairy can cause breakouts. The reason why is still unclear, but many specialists theorize that the hormones in milk cause oil production to amp up.
Diet Soda- The aspartame and artificual sweeteners in diet soda have been linked to lowering your skin’s natural pH. Our bods need high levels of alkalinity in order to be healthy and look fresh.
This is mostly irritating information. I don’t drink diet soda, but grilled cheese sandwiches are tantamount to pure happiness as far as I’m concerned.