Eating Habits You Must Give Up for Clearer Skin

These foods keep you looking young, these supplements may promote better skin, and these foods give you glowing skin, but can certain habits wreak havoc on clear skin? You betcha.

“From food choices to eating habits, these can all impact your skin negatively. Oftentimes, skin issues are connected to inflammation, poor gut health, and/or imbalanced hormones,” says Paulina Lee, RD, LD, functional dietitian and founder of Savvy Stummy, LLC. Read on for a look at six such unhealthy eating patterns that can lead to skin issues.

1. Regularly eating inflammatory foods

French fries, fried chicken, processed pastries, white bread, the list of inflammatory foods goes on and on—and sadly many are consumed by American individuals with alarming frequency. “Consuming inflammatory foods can negatively impact your gut health and increase internal inflammation leading to skin breakouts. Our gut health is deeply connected to our skin. That’s why eating right to optimize your gut health may improve your complexion,” says Lee.

“Research studies have observed imbalances of the gut and skin microbiomes, known as dysbiosis, in a number of common skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. And of course, most of us are familiar with how our wacky hormones can lead to crazy skin breakouts or acne. By eating balanced meals and lifestyle practices that support healthy hormones, we can positively impact our skin.”

2. Yo-yo dieting

This is another negative eating habit that can be bad news for your skin, along with your overall health. “Interestingly, some research does show that there is a significant correlation between acne and disordered eating, which means that disordered eating is a confounding variable that should be controlled for in acne-related research,” says Rachel Fine, RDN, a registered dietitian and owner of To The Pointe Nutrition, a nutrition counseling practice in NYC.

Fine says that for clearer skin, aim to reduce stress levels. “Restrictive eating habits and yo-yo dieting are known to increase allostatic load (stress),” she adds.

3. Not eating enough probiotic foods.

Another one of the worst habits for clearer skin? Not getting enough probiotics in your diet. “More research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms explaining the gut-skin connection, but it has been suggested that the composition of our gut microbiome may contribute to the development of certain skin conditions, especially if we have a dysbiotic gut,” says Lee.

“One study showed that probiotic intake was associated with a significantly lower incidence of eczema (atopic dermatitis) compared to the placebo group, suggesting that probiotic supplementation may be effective in preventing eczema.”

4. Eating a diet high in refined carbs.

All about pasta and white bread and packaged sweets? Beyond nixing these unhealthy foods from your everyday diet for your overall health, doing so may also be a boon for your skin. “Refined carbs, like white rice, white bread, baked goods, sweets, or sweetened beverages, are typically foods that are high on the glycemic index (GI). High GI foods raise the blood sugar more quickly compared to low GI foods,” says Lee. “Research suggests that foods that raise blood sugar levels and cause a greater insulin response can make acne worse. This rise in blood sugar can also stimulate the secretion of androgens, which when elevated may contribute to acne.”

5. Eating a low-fiber diet.

Often, eating a highly refined carb-focused diet and a low-fiber diet goes hand in hand. Nevertheless, it’s worth highlighting that a diet low in fiber-rich foods may be another contributor to lackluster skin.

“Just as probiotics are important for the gut microbiome, prebiotics and fiber are also just as beneficial to our gut health. From what we know about the gut-skin connection, supporting a healthy gut means supporting healthy skin. Prebiotics, a type of fiber, act as food for bacteria to support the growth of good gut bacteria,” offers Lee.

“Prebiotics can be found in high-fiber foods like onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, oats, and apples. Fiber also feeds healthy gut bacteria. When fiber is fermented, the byproducts form anti-inflammatory compounds, called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), that are vital for skin health, metabolic health, brain health, and immune health.”

6. Eating a Western diet.

Starting to see a pattern here? Processed foods aren’t good for your skin, friends. “Western diets are typically high in overly processed foods and refined carbohydrates, which can lead to inflammation. Inflammation can lead to acne and skin breakouts, so following an anti-inflammatory diet may be beneficial,” says Lee, pointing to this research.

Anti-inflammatory diets might consist of whole-food-based and nutrient-dense meals with focus on foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, and antioxidants, like berries.” On that note, to feel good and get that glowing complexion, pass the berries and oatmeal, please.

Article by Perri O. Blumberg for Eat This, Not That©

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Should You Wash Clothes Before Wearing Them? 

Should You Wash Clothes Before Wearing Them? Here’s What the Experts Say

We’ve all heard the advice to wash new clothes before wearing them, but do you really need to delay the debut of that flattering blouse you just bought, or is this just another old wives’ tale you can safely ignore? (That’s right, grandma, we’re wise to the fact you can’t really catch influenza from leaving the house with wet hair.) So, should you wash clothes before wearing them? Alas, the answer is yes, which means that if you’re chomping at the bit to flaunt some recently acquired clothing, you’re going to need to pencil ‘laundry day’ in a bit sooner than you planned. Don’t take our word for it, though—we spoke to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Liv Kraemer for the full scoop on why new clothes should be washed. Read on and you, too, will understand why this is one rule not worth flouting.

Why should you wash new clothes before wearing them?

We already broke the bad news: You do indeed need to wash that new dress before putting it on. But why, you ask? Well, it turns out the store-bought merch you just snagged is potentially contaminated with some decidedly unappealing stuff—you know, the sort that can really do a number on your skin. Fortunately, the cooties in question can’t survive a spin cycle, so the solution to the problem is simply to wash before you wear…unless the new look you were going for involves an unsightly rash, but we kind of doubt that’s the case.

1. Harmful chemicals

Yep, new clothing can wreak havoc on your skin if it hasn’t first been washed. Per Dr. Liv, the reason for this is that “unwashed fabrics can disperse dyes, formaldehyde and all kinds of finishing resins, which are extremely harsh on the skin and can cause textile contact dermatitis.” More on the potential consequences of your negligence (i.e., contact dermatitis) later. 

2. Germs and bugs

Now that you’ve started to itch, allow us to creep you out a little more. Both the NHS and CDC confirm that unwashed clothing—i.e., the garment you just bought, but was handled and taken to fitting rooms by countless individuals before you—can transmit viruses ranging from COVID-19 to norovirus (aka the worst stomach flu of your life), as well as bacteria and even (gasp) parasites like lice and the mites responsible for scabies infections.

What are the risks of wearing new, unwashed clothing?

As previously mentioned, the single greatest risk associated with wearing unwashed clothes is a condition called contact dermatitis. According to Dr. Liv, “contact dermatitis is a skin disease that you can think of as a huge allergic reaction [in which] the skin becomes itchy, scaly and bumpy.” (Sounds pretty unfortunate, right?) Although symptoms can appear within a few hours of exposure to the offending chemicals, the expert says that it may be days before the skin in contact with the unwashed materials becomes red, inflamed and uncomfortable. In other words, if you’re guilty of wearing new threads before washing ‘em, you might need to stop blaming hormones and changes in the weather for the occasional skin crisis you experience. Even if you’ve been lucky so far, it’s best not to tempt fate, since Dr. Liv tells us that flare-ups of contact dermatitis can be quite stubborn and often require cortisol in order to calm down. Plus, if the threat of contact dermatitis isn’t enough to persuade you to wash new apparel, surely the risk of a super creepy case of head lice will. 

Should baby clothes be washed before use?

You’ve probably already surmised that the answer to this question is an unequivocal ‘yes.’ For all the same reasons we’ve discussed, everything that makes contact with your baby’s delicate skin—swaddle, onesie, what have you—should be washed prior to first use. (And then washed and washed again, because having a baby means doing oodles of laundry.) In fact, it’s particularly important to wash new clothes before putting them on a baby, since the skin of an infant is considerably more sensitive and permeable than that of an adult and, thus, more prone to allergic reactions.

Written by Emma Singer for PureWow©

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