Guest post written by: Orly Wachter – Skin Care Dietitian
When it comes to healthy skin, there are many factors to consider. Using good quality, non-toxic skincare products is SO important and if you’re a fan of R Devine Skin Care (like I am!), you already have that part covered.
But relying on topical skincare products alone won’t help much if there’s an underlying digestive issue or inflammation going on in the body. The health of your skin is a reflection of your inner health so if you’re using good products but still don’t have the clear & glowing skin of your dreams, it’s time to figure out the root cause.
As a skincare dietitian I use a holistic approach to help bright, driven women heal their skin from the inside out. Diet has a huge impact on our skin and the top 3 beauty-busting culprits I see in my clients are dairy, refined white sugar and refined carbohydrates (like white bread, pasta and potato chips). While they may taste great, these foods cause inflammation and digestive difficulties that can speed up the aging process and contribute to acne.
There is a strong correlation between consuming dairy products (like milk and cheese) and acne. Dairy products are rich in hormones that can increase sebum (oil) production leading to clogged pores and breakouts on your face or body.
Eating large portions of refined white sugar and carbohydrates causes your blood sugar levels to spike (and then crash) which leads to mood fluctuations and also cravings for more sugar. It’s a vicious cycle! Increased insulin levels in the body can also increase sebum production that triggers breakouts.
Dairy was a huge acne trigger for me but that doesn’t mean it affects everyone. Some people may have other acne triggers (like coffee or alcohol). The best way to know for sure if a particular food is aggravating your skin is to eliminate it from your diet for at least 6 weeks and see what happens.
Relying on creams and lotions to fix your skin issues when there’s actually an underlying problem is one of the most common skincare mistakes I see in my practice. If you’d love to learn more about the 5 biggest skincare mistakes that lead to breakouts and dull skin and how to fix them fast, check out this FREE guide.