We spend a lot of time obsessing about our optimal skincare regimen and the best ways to get glowy skin or banish acne. But often overlooked is the simple truth that sometimes, we are what we eat. And some of the foods we eat could be sabotaging us in our quest for perfect skin. So we talked to Dr. Jessica Wu, Los Angeles dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face, to find out the absolute worst, skin-ruining foods. The bonus side effect of cutting out these bad-skin culprits? You'll be eating better for your body, too.
Keep reading to see find out which foods could be causing your skin issues!
'Tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes and peppermint mochas, but these sweet treats are wreaking havoc on your skin. Wu says that they're "evil" for your skin because they're made with milk. "Studies have shown that products are associated with acne breakouts," she says. "Even organic milk contains cow hormones that can interact with your skin by stimulating oil glands and clogging pores."
Plus, these drinks are teeming with sugar; Wu says that your beloved grande pumpkin spice latte has more fat and nearly twice the sugar of a Snickers bar when it's made with whole milk. While that's obviously bad news for your waistline, it's also bad for your skin. "Sugar can also aggravate acne, not to mention rashes like eczema," Wu says.
"Many of these are highly processed and highly sweetened, packaged to look like health food," Wu says. "The sugar will quickly get into your bloodstream, making your insulin levels spike, which can aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes."
If that wasn’t enough to convince you to choose a different post-workout snack, Wu says that many bars use whey protein, which is derived from milk and has been linked to acne.
She says to swap your protein bars for almonds, which are better for your skin (and your health).
"If you have rosacea, blotchy red patches, or flush easily, stay away from vinegar," Wu says. Surprisingly, vinegar can be found in a ton of foods, like potato chips, sushi rice, salad dressing, and even mayo. "It contains histamine, which increases blood flow to your face, causing redness, swelling, and blotchiness," Wu says.
Are you guilty of eating these "evil" foods for your skin? Will you be cutting them out? Share with us in the comments!