Is Your Diet Affecting the Health of Your Skin?

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Is Your Diet Affecting the Health of Your Skin?

We all know how our diet affects our mood and our weight. However, have you ever thought about how your diet plays a role in your skincare?

Our knowledgeable and experienced professionals at Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology wants you to take a closer look at your diet to see if you are eating your way to healthier skin – or vice versa!

Healthy Eating = Healthy Skin

While you might be striving for that perfect glow this summer, sunbathing is not the best way to go about it; in fact, sunbathing increases your risk of skin cancer significantly. 

So, if you are really looking to achieve that healthy “glow” this season, it is time to evaluate your eating habits.

Eating for Better Skin Care

Have you ever had a bad weekend of eating only to have it show up on your face on Monday? As you probably already know, sugar is one of the worst things you can eat for your skin, as it can cause an increase in acne breakouts and wrinkles.

When you eat, food is broken down into amino acids, vitamins and minerals that your body uses to keep itself going. Unfortunately, processed foods, like store-bought snacks and sweets, lack the necessary nutrients your skin, the largest organ in your body, requires to stay healthy and bright. 

Therefore, if you are really looking to promote healthier skin, consider adding whole, nutrient-dense foods into your daily diet.

To start, make sure that you are getting your serving of vegetables (or more!) every day. When choosing the vegetables you eat, the more color, the better! Aim to get as many colors on your plate as possible.

Vegetables, like tomatoes and blueberries, can even help to reduce sun damage, since they are high in antioxidants, while darker greens, such as kale and spinach, help to build-up the collagen in your skin that helps to keep your skin tight.

Make sure to drink plenty of water in addition to getting more vegetables in your diet. Water is crucial for the longevity and overall health of your skin, so you’d be remiss to not drink your daily serving of water. As a good rule of thumb, drink half your body weight (in oz!) a day — more if you exercise regularly!

Should You Ditch Dairy with the Sugar for Better Skin Health? 

Although sugar is known to cause breakouts, dairy, too, can cause acne. Eliminating dairy is a smart decision to reduce redness and inflammation in your face and body.

Instead of dairy, try dairy-alternatives like soy milk or other non-dairy alternatives that do not have the increase of sebum production, which is what increases your risk of acne.

Whether you are dealing with minor to severe acne, our team at Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology is here to help!

Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology provides effective, compassionate general dermatology, skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology solutions for our patients throughout the Southeast. With offices in Hermitage, Lebanon, Brentwood and Hendersonville, Tennessee, we’re your destination for high-caliber skincare. Visit our website at or give us a call today at 615-257-7128.