I have a naturally oily skin – anyone who personally knows me can attest to that. It’s hard for me when I want a particular makeup but I can’t use it because it’s a cream, or when I want to eat a certain food but it makes me break out. Sometimes, no matter what you do – exercise regularly, smear 10 different types of skincare products on your face every day – you just can’t stop being oily. And I know how frustrating it can get.
So when Lisa from Natural Skincare Solution approached m and asked if I accepted guest posts on skincare, I said yes! Without further ado, let’s read what food to avoid if you have oily skin. *grabs popcorn* or.. water.
It is always great to be able to say you have a very normal and healthy skin. However, we are not all blessed with a skin that is very healthy and fine. So, for those whose skins are not so “normal and healthy”, there are tips you can follow to remedy your skin. For example, a collagen face cream will keep your skin youthful.
Aside from that, there are foods that you have to avoid to help your skin looking healthy and radiant. Before we go further, know that your skin condition is not your fault. Usually, it has to do with the genes especially if you have an oily skin. The thing now is, oily skin can be quite discouraging. It is usually prone to lots of blackheads and acne. Aside from that, your diet can also affect your skin.
Take a look at these ten foods that affect your skin:
- Processed Foods: As much as possible, avoid the intake of processed foods because they increase the cholesterol level, which is definitely bad for the skin.
- Sugary drinks: Sugary drinks have the tendency to produce more oils in your skin because of the excess sugar they contain. And cold drinks, packaged juices are all sugary drinks.
- Chocolate: Are you surprised to see chocolate listed here? Well, chocolate is harmful to oily skin. It adversely increases the oil production. However, plain cocoa is good for the skin.
- Added Sugars: Sugars have a high glycemic index which is quite harmful to the skin. Honey, cane sugar, and maltose can also increase the hormone and blood sugar level that influences oil levels in the body.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is good if taken in little quantities. However, if taken excessively, it will make you sweat which will make your body produce more oil.
- Deep Fried Foods: Avoiding deep fried foods will also help decrease oils from the skin. Why? The excess oils from fried foods will use the skin pores to come out of the skin when finding escape routes, thus forcing your face to produce more sebum.
- Enriched Flour: Enriched flour refers to whole grain that is free of fiber and nutrient. Now, this kind of flour already has lost a major part of its nutrition but because it is to be added in the production of edible products, it gets enriched artificially.
- Salty Snacks: Salty snacks contain trans fats which are not good for the body in all aspects. And you can easily get trans fats from foods such as potato chips, french fries, etc. Trans fats damage the skin health, and for those with oily skins already, salty snacks must be a no-no.
- Fatty Meat: Red and fatty meat refers to meat such as pork, ham, lamb, and beef. Due to the cholesterol level in fatty meat and red meat, those with oily skin are rather advised to stay away from such meat because it only increases the cholesterol level in the body.
- Dairy Products: The last on the list are the dairy products. These products influence pimples and acne in the skin. Avoid them if you already have oily skin.
We can’t really choose our genes, but we can choose what to put inside our bodies. Taking care of our skin doesn’t stop at applying skincare products on our face. In fact, that’s just the start of it. When you choose what you consume, it will ultimately reflect on your skin in the long run.
Big thanks to Lisa for this guest blog post. I hope you learned a thing or two from this!
What about you, how do you address your skin problems?