4 Foods That Might Be Making Your Skin Issues Worse

Since you are what you eat, it's no surprise that your skin reflects your internal health. If you're doing everything right with your beauty and skin care routine, but still suffering from inflammation, breakouts and rashes, it might be time to take a look at your diet.

Sometimes we're allergic to or sensitive to certain foods without even knowing. But you don't have to have a severe asthma attack or a similarly drastic reaction to indicate you have a food sensitivity. Those hives and pimples? A possible reaction to something you're eating. Or maybe after eating a particular food, you experience bloating or gas.

Your body always shows you what works and what doesn't.

Your body is well-equipped to tell you what works for it, and what doesn't. The best way to figure out which foods fall into which category is through an elimination diet. By eliminating one food at a time and by observing your reaction to each elimination, you can pinpoint what wreaks havoc on your system and what works for you.

Here are the top foods to include in your elimination process:

1. Dairy

These days, conventional dairy products are so full of antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals that they probably don't even deserve to be called "dairy" anymore. Since the chemicals and fillers in your milk/yogurt/cheese will end up in your system, it's only a matter of time before they present themselves on your skin.

Though the science here is tenuous, dairy is a good place to start because not only can you be physically allergic to it (lactose intolerant), the chemicals can cause hormonal imbalances which can affect your mood and skin directly.

2. Gluten

Even without considering skin issues, gluten is one of the most controversial food groups out there. Some people say that they're allergic to it due to celiac, some are just psychologically affected thinking gluten is bad for them. Either way, if you're falling flat eliminating the usual skin suspects, gluten may be at the root of your issues.

Since acne and other skin issues are caused by inflammation, and a gluten sensitivity causes inflammation when gluten is ingested, there's a pretty clear link between wheat products and your skin. One study purports the inflammatory response that begins in the gut's reaction to gluten spreads to and presents in other parts of the body, like skin.

3. Alcohol

Yes, drinking in moderation is totally fine, possibly even healthy if you're imbibing the right stuff. But here's the tricky part: if you're a beer drinker, know that a gluten-free option will be necessary in an elimination diet, and if you think your skin issues may be linked to a sulfur allergy, you'll need to watch the quality of wine you're drinking.

4. Negative emotions (I know, not a food ... but hear me out.)

Not a "food" in the typical sense, but think of this one as food for thought. The mind-body connection is real, and when you're stressed, down or thinking negative thoughts, there's an affect on your organs. And as your skin is your body's largest organ, guess where those bad feelings are bound to show up?

There's extensive research that proves the link between emotions and overall health. So remember that you're not just what you eat, you're also what you think and feel. So stay positive, and let your skin glow.

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