Many people keep track of their eating habits for weight management purposes. But are there other ways in which our eating habits can affect skin care for African American women? Many dermatologists claim that the foods we eat do in fact contribute to the development of acne on our skin. Although it may not cause acne directly, it does play an important role in our skin renewal. Since the skin on our body is constantly under construction, it needs vitamins and nutrients from the foods we eat to repair and rebuild. If the foods we are intaking are not beneficial to our body, the skin will not renew properly. This can cause blockage of glands and pores resulting in acne development. According to professor of dermatology Marmur, eating healthy will go a long way in preventing skin problems.
What foods are recommended to obtain healthier looking skin? For starters, avoid junk foods such as french fries and potato chips. Keep in mind that skin renewal requires vitamins and nutrients from the foods we eat… and let’s face it… junk food will not be providing that for us. Not surprisingly, a healthy diet is good for us and our skin because it seems to reduce inflammation and lower the chances of developing acne.
Foods with Vitamin A
Take in consideration salmon, carrots, spinach, and broccoli when planning your next meal. These options contain vitamin A which helps regulate the skin cycle and prevent the glands and pores from getting clogged.
Foods with Selenium
The selenium mineral is an antioxidant that can help protect the skin from sun damage. Foods that contain selenium include tuna, salmon, eggs, and brown rice.
Drink Lots of Water!
Water helps hydrate your body which in turn leads to healthier, plump skin. Water also helps with flushing out any toxins that we have in our system. In general, it is recommended to drink five to eight glasses of water each day to obtain the benefits that water brings to our system.
So now we know that foods can, although not directly, contribute to the development of acne on dark skin. Try to plan out your meals, make them healthy, and say goodbye to those signs of acne that you’ve been working so hard to get rid of!