The Relationship Between Your Food and Your Skin

Healthy skin goes far beyond what you put on it. You should also pay careful attention to what you put into it through the food and drink choices you make!

At Associated Skin Care, our Minnesota dermatology experts know that what you eat can have a significant impact on your skin. Here are some tips from the dermatology clinic on ways to make your diet better support your skin’s health.

Do Include:

  • Vitamins
    We all know that vitamins are important for general health. For your skin especially, pay attention to Vitamins A, C, D, and E, along with minerals Zinc and Selenium. Adding a colorful assortment of vegetables to your diet can help give you the vitamins you need!
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
    These fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and many types of nuts, can help with cell turnover, mitigate dry skin, and reduce inflammation.
  • Water
    Drinking the proper amount of water helps with a lot of common complaints, and skin health is no exception. Drink more based on your activity level, and remember that sugary or caffeinated beverages can negatively impact hydration.

Use Caution With:

  • Dairy
    While no study conclusively proves a link between dairy and acne, most skin care doctors will tell you that the anecdotal link between the two is real. Many people have noticed that reducing their dairy intake had a positive impact on their skin.
  • Processed, Sugary Foods
    Chocolate isn’t the only common acne trigger that is high in sugar. High glycemic index foods – think white bread, junk food, sugary snacks, and soda – typically take a toll on skin health. Primarily, sugar makes skin less elastic, which can lead to issues like wrinkling and sagging.

Ultimately, though, every person’s skin will react to different diets in different ways. When you end up with an unexplained breakout or dry patch, think back to your meals over the last couple of days. By paying attention to the relationship between your skin and your food, you can make informed decisions in the future.

Still have questions or need help with your unique skin? Work with our skin specialists to develop a custom routine that’s best for you. Contact our team of dermatology consultants at 763-571-4000 or through our online form. Don’t forget to check out our virtual appointments for added convenience!