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You are what you eat

You’ve probably heard the old adage “You are what you eat”, but what does that really mean? Sure, the types of foods we eat can help or hinder our body in plenty of ways, whether messing with our blood sugar, causing weight gain, or helping us blast through a 10k run. But does it apply to our skin as well? Shape Magazine spoke with two dermatologists, Dr. Bobby Buka, and Dr. Neil B. Shultz, to learn the six foods you should limit in your diet to help your skin reach its potential.

Salt

Foods high in salt cause the body to retain water, leaving you feeling bloated and puffy skin. This is especially true with delicate skin areas such as around the eyes.

Shellfish

This surprising add on the list is due to the high concentrations of iodine in shellfish. Although you don’t have to cut it out altogether, dermatologists recommend limiting your intake to just a few times per month, particularly if you are prone to acne breakouts.

Milk

Another item that is linked to possible increased acne is milk. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hormones found in milk products can stimulate overproduction of oil.

High Glycemic Foods

High glycemic foods are those that cause sudden spikes and drops in blood sugar levels. These include things like pasta, french fries and white bread. Although more research is needed, there have been promising results showing low glycemic diets improving acne levels in participants.

Sugar

Just as high glycemic foods cause blood sugar spikes, it shouldn’t be a surprise that sugar does too! There is also evidence that sugar can weaken collagen tissue, which can speed up the aging process.

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol can cause your body (and skin) to become dehydrated because it is a diuretic. This can increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles prematurely. Alcohol usage has also been shown to cause rosacea outbreaks.

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