The holiday season and its many meals

Dr. Marc-André Doré

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The holiday season is upon us. The meat pie, the turkey, the alcohol, the desserts, it's time to enjoy ourselves! But what about the impact on our skin?

The skin comes into contact with various factors, many factors since it is the largest organ of the body.  Its appearance can be influenced by the food we eat, an unhealthy diet can lead to a series of skin problems.  The effects don't show up right away, but at some point, if you continue to miss the importance of eating right, you will see them!

Many people wonder if their diet really has an impact on the appearance of their skin, and well, the answer is yes.  Here are some tips to help promote healthy skin!

At its most basic, it's important to...

✔︎ eat fresh

✔︎ eat a variety of foods

✔︎ eating your fruits and vegetables

In any case, a healthy diet involves a varied diet and good hydration.

Some star foods are not to be overlooked:

➤ Red and green peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruits, kiwis (for their vitamin C)

➤ The avocado (for its fatty acid, vitamins C and E)

➤ Olive oil (for its vitamins A, D, K and E, and its antioxidants)

➤ Seafood, dark green vegetables, nuts (for their vitamin E)

➤ Red grapes and berries (for their antioxidant called resveratrol)

➤ Sweet potatoes (for their beta-carotene concentration)

Dairy products can cause acne and inflammation

The studies on the subject are multiplying over the years, and it is rather difficult to make sense of them.  It would seem that a diet high in carbohydrates and a high consumption of milk promote acne. These 2 components are known to stimulate the production of androgens that play a role in the development of skin blemishes. In terms of skin health, these foods could cause all sorts of problems, not just acne! Eventually, we could see the appearance of premature wrinkles, debilitating acne, allergies, oily skin, irritation and even inflammation.

So what should we eat?

  1. Food to avoid

    𝗫 Processed foods

    𝗫 Sweetened cereals

    𝗫 Pastries

    𝗫 White bread

    𝗫 Biscuits

    𝗫 Sweetened drinks

    𝗫 Pasta

    𝗫 Cow's milk

  2. Food to be favored

    ✔︎ Fruits and vegetables

    ✔︎ Legumes

    ✔︎ Meat and poultry

    ✔︎ Eggs

    ✔︎ Vegetable milks

Be aware that diet does not cure acne, however, and medical treatment will be necessary in the most severe cases. 

But before you spend several dollars on little jars of cream, make sure you stock your grocery cart!


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