THESE COMMON SKIN CONDITIONS HAVE SIMPLE, NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS
Many people have had to deal with skin issues such as sun damage, wrinkles, dry skin, rosacea, and acne, among others. These conditions can be very upsetting especially those niggling ones such as pimples and sunburns, and sometimes they can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Although traditional research often discounts the link between skin and nutrition, there is recent evidence that shows a strong link between nutrition and skin health (1, 2). This is one of the biggest motivations that informed our decision to embrace nutritional-based products for maintaining the skin health from the inside out!
Doris Day, MD, dermatologist, and author of Forget the book titled “Facelift: Turn Back the Clock with a Revolutionary Program for Ageless Skin,” says that “The beauty of the skin is that you can improve its health from both inside and out."
This is the reason we believe that most skin conditions can be addressed by proper diet and nutrition. The consumption of certain minerals, vitamins, and other essential compounds have proved effective in nourishing, repairing, and maintaining the health and appearance of your skin (1).
This skin condition is caused by infection and inflammation of the sebaceous glands. These glands are stimulated by hormones—especially androgens. Contrary to what many people think, acne (otherwise referred to as pimples) don’t stop once you get out of your adolescence, they will still come even when you are older. In most cases, they are caused by hormones, heavy sweating, use of steroids, toxicity, stress, humidity, and several other factors.
Poor dietary habits can also cause acne (3)—for example, Dr. Frank Lipman, a functional and integrative medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, asserts that hormones in dairy foods increase chances of one developing acne breakout—soy, cow milk, foods high in High-glycemic, sugars, and coconut oil can all cause pimples break out!!
What nutrients are best for fighting acne?
- Glutamine—obtained from meat and fish, this amino acid help clears out acne by balancing your blood sugar levels as well as stabilizing the stress response (4).
- Vitamin E—this antioxidant is great for clearing the spots left after pimples are healed. (5). Vitamin E is well known for its abilities to prevent scarring and aiding in skin recovery, a reason why it is so common in most topical skin care products.
- Vitamin C—combined with vitamin E, vitamin C helps in nourishing your skin giving it a firm feel through the production of elastin and collagen (6)—both of which are very imperative in revitalizing human skin.
Sunburn is a skin injury that shows up immediately after one is excessively exposed to ultraviolet rays. Some people can even turn lobster red from severe sunburn! Sunburn is common and is irritating.
Most people, especially those who love the beach, experience this skin problem. For this reason, most of them don on expensive sunscreen creams and lotions with the aim of protecting their skin from sunburns.
However, it can also be fought from the inside out using nutrients (1, 7). Vitamin E is particularly essential in fighting and soothing sunburn according to Dr. Carezani-Gavin. You can obtain vitamin E directly from foods such as wheat germ, seeds, nuts, olive oil, and corn. Additionally, other foods with compounds that prevent, or sooth sunburn include potatoes, cucumber, oatmeal, Aloe Vera (herb), strawberries, pomegranate, guavas, lettuce, green tea, tomatoes, calendula, fat-free milk, and white vinegar (7).
This is a skin condition that normally starts as patchy redness, usually on your hands (but can also appear anywhere on your skin). Although this condition is associated with several other causes, food sensitivity is ranked as one of the commonest cause (8). Most food additives cause this condition—although foods such as fish, nuts, cheese, milk, and eggs have been linked to the condition. Vitamin E, zinc, and omega-3 are used by dermatologists to fight eczema (9, 10). You can obtain vitamin E from wheat germ, seeds, nuts, olive oil, and corn; zinc from eggs, oats, Brazil nuts, pecans, ginger pumpkin seeds, and oysters; and omega-3 from flax seeds and chia seeds—non-vegetarians can obtain this from wild-harvested fish oils.
Irritating and unpredictable, psoriasis is one of the most persistent and baffling of skin conditions. With this condition, your skin cells multiply 10 times faster than normal (11) and as the underlying cells touch the surface and die, their total capacity results to raised, red plaques that are covered with white scales. In most cases, this condition occurs on soles of the feet, palms, torso, scalp, elbows, and knees. Stress, obesity, smoking, alcohol, and sunburn are some of the triggering factors. You can fight this problem through diets filled with essential fatty acids from cold-pressed nuts, fish oils, or seed oils (12, 13). Herbs such as garlic, rosemary, fennel, cumin, ginger, red pepper, and turmeric are also very effective.