For too long we have been treating our external complexion and digestion as two separate entities. The majority of us are guilty of giving little thought to how the food and drink we consume affects our skin. Unfortunately for those of us with a greasy, sugary and dairy-filled diet, the food we consume has a profound impact on the health and appearance of our skin. In this blog post, we're sharing the pore-clogging foods you need to remove from your diet for a clear and healthy complexion.
When it comes to pore-clogging foods, dairy is usually the number one culprit. Many of us consume copious amounts of dairy daily with no regards to the effect it's having on our bodies. Dairy contains casein and whey protein. These two substances influence hormone production, encouraging the body to produce more sebum. Sebum is an oily substance produced by the skin, which contributes to the development of acne. If you're suffering from acne-prone skin, it might be time to exchange that breakfast yoghurt for a dairy-free alternative.
We're all aware of the negative impact alcohol has on our bodies. Not many of us consider the repercussions drinking has on the quality of our skin. Drinking alcohol dilates the pores, increasing blackheads and whiteheads.
Other side effects from drinking, including dehydration and lack of sleep, also contribute to poor skin quality. Not getting enough sleep or drinking enough water means the skin is deprived of essential substances needed to repair and protect itself. Prolonged use of alcohol will result in dull, dry, spot-prone skin.
Everyone loves a sweet treat now and then. However, if your sweet tooth is getting the better of you, your skin might be suffering. Consuming large quantities of sugar leads to a process called glycation. Glycation affects the levels of collagen and elastin in your skin. These two chemicals keep the skin looking young, reducing spots and signs of wrinkles and fine lines. The more sugar you consume, the more glycation occurs, and the worse your complexion will be.
Have you ever stopped to think about the impact that your weekly Big Mac is having on your suffering skin?
Fast food is infamous for its unhealthy characteristics, and you can bet it's at the top of the list of pore-clogging foods. Fast food contains high levels of grease, sugars and salts. When your body encounters an excess of these things, it pumps out insulin to regulate your blood sugar. When your body produces more insulin, the body produces more oil, which clogs the pores, contributing to acne and spots.
If you work in a fast-food eatery, being in a greasy environment means you're dealing with exposure to grease particles. These tiny particles can clog the pores of the skin and damage the quality and complexion of the skin. If you're working in a greasy environment, make sure to wash and cleanse your face regularly.
Pore-clogging foods are a prominent part of the Western diet. If you care about improving the quality and condition of your skin, consider how many of these damaging foods you're consuming. Cutting out a chocolate bar or a big mac here or there might be the solution to your skin problems.