8 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Bad For Your Skin
If your skin has been breaking out lately and you can’t seem to figure out why, it’s possible that the cause is in your diet. Different types of food can totally cause your skin to act out and flare up. Here are eight you might not have known about before.
Text: Atika Lim/ Singapore Women’s Weekly
Additional reporting: Karen Fong
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Cheese, ice cream and all things dairy create mucus in your gut making them hard to digest. Too much dairy can cause excess sebum production and can lead to bad acne on chin.
Foods high in sugar like cakes and cookies can cause serious inflammation in the body and lead to skin irritations like eczema. They also produce enzymes that speed up skin ageing.
Sometimes we just need a drink (or two) after a long day at work. But too many can lead to dehydration and ageing signs in your skin as well as excess sebum production and therefore, pimples.
Lemons and sour fruits have been known to cause acne. Eliminating them from your diet has been shown to clear up breakouts.
Hydrogenated fats disrupt the cellular membranes of the skin making it dry and saggy. They’re often found in processed and packaged foods and are known to lead to health issues from weight gain to Alzheimers.
Soybeans contain natural plant estrogens which mimic human estrogen. Some studies have shown that it can throw your hormones off balance.
While we all often need one in the morning and throughout the day, coffee contains an organic acid that increases cortisol levels. Cortisol is known to cause inflammation resulting in acne.
Shellfish and lobster in particular are known to be high in iodine which can cause breakouts particularly in people who are sensitive to it.