For many Americans, skin problems are major source of discomfort and anxiety. Many Americans never get over the battle with their skin that they begin in adolescence. It can feel like the day that you have finally vanquished your teenage acne, you start having to battle lines and wrinkles. All the face wash commercials on TV never told us that taking care of our skin could be this tricky. Why are Americans plagued by skin problems? The answer may just lie in our Standard American Diet (SAD).
Even though Americans spend a lot of money every year on skincare, in order to get to the root of their persistent problems, they need to attack skin conditions from the inside. If you eat (and drink) healthily, you can keep your outsides looking just as good as your insides will (figuratively, of course).
There are even certain kinds of foods that are able to keep one’s skin soft and hydrated and other foods that can defend against the skin cell damage responsible for wrinkles. However, there are also many foods Americans eat every day that can damage our skin. Here is a breakdown of components of the Standard American Diet known to be bad for one’s skin.
Have you ever woken up feeling that your eyes were a tad puffy? If a person consumes too much salt, it could make them retain water, which is a major cause of swelling. The skin around our eyes is so thin and delicate that the area swells easily, making it particularly susceptible to regretting last night’s large sized popcorn at the movies the next morning. The occurrence of swelling due to over-intake of salt becomes more and more common as one ages.
Seafood and Leafy Greens
Lobster, crab, shellfish, shrimp as well as spinach, seaweed and certain other leafy greens have a high concentration of Iodine, and diets high in Iodine like the diets of many American diets can lead to breakouts of acne. Keep in mind however that Iodine triggered acne breakouts are caused by a build up of iodine in the body over an extended period of time, so if you go on a massive lobster and spinach binge today it is not going to make you have an acne break out the next day. If you are known to be acne-prone try only to consume these foods a couple of times a month rather than a couple of times a week and you should see a reduction in your acne.
We’ve all heard the rumour that chocolate is a major source of acne. Elevated levels of blood sugar are known to weaken away the skin by affecting tissues such as collagen, that leaves you more vulnerable to developing lines and wrinkles. As such, it is quite likely that chocolate is not the source of all your skin problems, but the high amount of sugar in it. If you suffer from skin problems but cannot do without the treat, stick to dark chocolate.
This was a guest post written by Dan of Club Leo. Check out his site for more information on skin care.