Sometimes we tend to forget about the largest organ on/in our body…. THE SKIN! Since the day I encountered puberty, I always struggled to figure out what would work for me. I am a product junkie, I have invested in a lot of skin care that DOESN’T work for me. Believe me when I tell you, I have a larger selection of skin care than Sephora!
In my younger teen years, when I started developing a problem with my skin I immediately paid a visit to my local dermatologist. I was prescribed Accutane (an oral medication you take once daily). I soon realized it did nothing but give me random panic attacks and elevated my cholesterol levels (fun times). The levels were so high I needed to stop taking it almost immediately. As I did research, I later learned you can heal your body from the inside out. If I only knew then what I know now!
It is safe to say, it took me about twelve years to really figure out what works for me and what does not. Anyone who has a similar experience, I hope this article finds you well and can help you!
If you are prone to hormonal breakouts (acne on your cheeks or neck) the main ingredient you want to eliminate from your diet is DAIRY!
Even the government recommends we include low-fat dairy products in our daily diet, right?
Well, without getting into the politics and government nutrition recommendations, the truth is processed dairy substances do your body more harm than good.
- Milk and dairy products contain growth hormones and inflammatory substances that clog your pores and elevate your testosterone levels. That growth hormone is called IGF-1. This hormone may be good for baby cows, it is most certainly not good for us. It aids in nurturing the cow helping them grow and become stronger. For us humans, it will cause increased levels of sebum (oil) and growth of the existing acne that we are trying to fight.
- Dairy adheres dead skin cells inside of your pores, so they can’t exfoliate naturally. Therefore, leading to more acne.
- As your body produces more testosterone, it may stimulate oil glands which creates a living space for more acne to grow.
Eat for your gut and your skin will repay you.
The foods and drinks we want to avoid include: Cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt, pizza (my favorite), cream cheese, and so on.
I know this is extremely difficult but your skin will thank you! There are a lot of products that you can substitute with.
Almond milk, coconut milk, coconut based yogurt (still containing pro-biotics), vegan cheeses, and cream cheese.
Side note: You still want to avoid an overabundance of soy based products. It is made from processed soybeans, which can have estrogen-mimicking effects on your body. You want to stay away from products that can potentially alter and disturb your hormone levels.
Ok, that was a lot of information! I hope this article will help you feel confident in your food choices when it comes to meeting your skin and overall health needs!
Stay tuned for – What vitamins you can incorporate in your diet for a glowing complexion!
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