Many people – women and men alike – have as a goal obtaining and then maintaining healthy looking and appearing skin. To this end, these people might have an acne or other type of skin condition (including dry skin) that the desire to control, manage and eliminate. One question that oftentimes gets asked is whether or not diet can have an effect on acne and other skin conditions.
Of course, many people have maintained that eating sweets causes acne. Overall, it has been demonstrated that this hypothesis really is the stuff of the proverbial urban legend. Eating sweets in and of themselves does not normally cause nor even aggravate an acne condition. However, with that said, a person who eats an overabundance of sweets likely is a person who does not eat a balanced diet. And, the lack of a balanced diet can and does have a profound impact on the overall health and appearance of skin.
While it may sound like your mother nagging, the truth is that a balanced diet is important – for many reasons, including maintaining healthy skin. If you are intent on eliminating acne and other skin conditions, your diet should be one that is:
- rich in fresh fruit and vegetables
- low in fatty food products
- lacking in refined sugars
- moderate in regard to caloric intake
In addition to watching what you eat when it comes to controlling acne and other skin conditions, when it comes to developing and maintaining healthy skin, you also need to pay very close attention to what you drink. First of all, when it comes to what you drink, you need to make certain that you intake at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each and every day. Proper bodily hydration is one of the most important factors when it comes to developing and maintaining healthy skin. Indeed, proper hydration is also vitally important when it comes to staving off premature aging of the skin.
Moreover, you need to keep in mind that the consumption of alcohol can also negatively impact the health of your skin. A glass or two wine or an occasional drink of some sort will not have dire consequences. However, the fact is that even if you are only a moderate drinker, that amount of alcohol being brought into your system can and will have an appreciably negative impact on the overall health and appearance of your skin in the short rather than long term.
As with all other aspects of your life, when it comes to skincare, controlling acne and dealing with other skin related problems, a healthy diet is fundamental. Through a healthy diet, you will live longer and you will look better all the while.