Want Healthy, Glowing Skin? Consider Your Diet

March 29, 2024

Protecting and nourishing your skin is about a lot more than using the right cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliators, and sunblock. What you eat and drink play a transformative role in achieving the healthy glow you desire. Our dermatologist Dermatology for the Family is keen on reminding patients that, as the old adage goes, you are what you eat! And so it is with your appearance.

Here are some of the highlights of what science has revealed about how diet affects your skin.

  • Fountain of youth: It’s common knowledge that drinking enough water is essential for your overall health, but did you know it’s absolutely crucial for the health of your skin? Hydration gives skin a more youthful appearance by plumping it up and diminishing the appearance of fine lines.
  • Fresh and wholesome: Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients that support skin cell health and repair, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Getting rich: Not all fats are bad for your skin! Healthy fats found in fish like salmon, tuna, as well as nuts and seeds, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation, a contributor to acne breakouts. 
  • Off the table: Processed foods, refined carbohydrates, surgery desserts and beverages, fatty cuts of meat and full-fat dairy products can contribute to inflammation and skin breakouts, according to the AAD. Read the nutritional content labels to identify packaged foods with harmful saturated and trans fats.
  • Balancing act: Life is all about attaining balance, and so it is with your diet. Adding a variety of healthy choices to your diet can have significant benefits in terms of your complexion. 

Consulting with our dermatologist at Dermatology for the Family will help develop a plan that addresses your personal skin conditions and dietary requirements — as well as steer you away from fad diets and inflated claims made by some so-called beauty products. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment!