I’ve never been one to have extremely poor eating habits nor have I ever been one to have major skin issues. About 6 years ago I noticed my face beginning to change. It would get extremely dry, or become too oily, rashes and anything else you could possibly think of would appear. Fast forward to 2 years ago, I went through a dramatic hormonal change causing my face to spiral out of control. My face went from one month or glowing skin to 2 years of confusion, frustration, stress, cystic acne, symptoms of depression and low self-esteem. I didn’t understand what was going on or even why. This lead me to get SERIOUS about my skin health.
I began to “eat for my skin”
I researched studies, google articles, spoke to different estheticians and dermatologist for advising and tips and it still left me kind of stumped or displeased. I knew that I didn’t want to rely on medication and wanted to go as natural and holistic as possible. So I started with my cleansers and once I realized that my topical regimens were not the issue, I took a closer look at my environment (where I work, in the gym), habits (do I touch my face, is my hair in my face a lot, do I change my pillowcase enough) and even what I ate. Everything seemed to check out so I couldn’t figure out what else it could be.
Going back to the theory of everyone being different, I took a look at my eating. I never had a horrible diet but I felt there could’ve been something in my normal eating regime that I may be overlooking, causing me to have so many issues with my face. My water intake has never been an issue, so I began to remove chicken, dairy, any food that was high in fat or even processed foods. One thing that I recommend, but ONLY after consulting a “good” doctor, is to remove anything that could be building up in your bloodstream causing your body to act out. I can definitely say that by removing these foods, I could see a dramatic difference in my skin’s moisture, oil levels, acne decrease, energy levels and self-esteem improved. I stopped stressing and covering up my blemishes etc with makeup and just let the process do its thing. I can use just about any natural topical regimen out there, as long as my nutrition aligns with my goal, clear skin.
Foods to Avoid
If you don’t take anything from this “read”, take this; these are the foods you may want to avoid or reduce if you’re experiencing acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and any bodily outbreaks. These are my personal recommendations and just like anything else, everyone is different:
- POPCORN (This was one of the big ones for me)
- NON-Organic meat (chicken/turkey is what I cut out completely)
- Chocolate (The devil is a lie but definitely backing off can help)
- FAST FOOD (Never been too crazy about fast food BUT the fat in most fast food items are our biggest enemy)
- DAIRY DAIRY DAIRY (Those Smoothie King smoothies got the best of me)
Foods to Enjoy
Here are some foods that you should consider incorporating into your diet, ONLY if recommended by your dietician, nutritionist or doctor:
- Wild Caught Salmon
- Broccoli and plenty of leafy green vegetables
Your options are ENDLESS with the right types of food to consider when trying to clear your skin.
These are a few things I had to consider myself and my face only continues to improve every week. For more health tips in nutrition, keep checking us out EVERY week!