In our last blog, we talked about the impact of what we consume on our skin. In particular, individuals with chronic skin conditions are more susceptible to internal and external factors. While some can worsen symptoms, others can help. Though the needs for everyone’s skin will vary, we have some general guidelines for the best food choices for skin health.
Eating Your Way to Better Skin
Nutritious food provides the building blocks for skin repair and protection when it comes to skin health. Antioxidants are used topically to improve many cosmetic skin issues and are credited with having anti-aging and skin-protecting qualities. Various vitamins containing antioxidants are also abundant in fresh, healthy foods. Here are some examples of vitamins that are beneficial to the skin and a few of the foods that contain them:
- Vitamin A– Decreases the skin’s oil production.
- Examples: Kale, carrots, mangoes, and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamin B3– Improves skin tone and texture and helps fade dark marks.
- Examples: Chicken, turkey, brown rice, and mushrooms.
- Vitamin C– Helps stimulate collagen production and is the best antioxidant for fading dark marks.
- Examples: Red bell peppers, oranges, grapefruits, and lemons.
- Vitamin E– Is great at moisturizing and speeding up the healing process of the skin.
- Examples: Spinach, avocados, almonds, and sunflower seeds.
Other Foods Your Skin Will Love
As we learn more about the connection between skin and food, the list of beneficial options continues to grow. These include:
- Salmon– Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. This nutrient helps preserve collagen, fight inflammation, and keep skin firm.
- Watermelon– The large water concentration in this fruit can improve the puffiness around the eyes by reducing water retention in the body.
- Green Tea– Green tea is naturally rich in compounds that help reverse signs of aging like sun spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Green tea also blocks the growth of and reduces acne-related inflammation and bacteria.
- Edamame– Like other soy products, edamame contains nutrients with skin-plumping properties.
We all experience skin issues from time to time like dryness, acne, signs of aging, and more. Even though a healthier diet is a great start, nutrition cannot address every concern. At Texas Dermatology, our skincare experts will work with you to find a diet for your individual needs. Schedule your consultation today! Call us at (210) 829-5180 or book one online here.