My skin suddenly changed at the age of 17 – I felt like overnight my skin went from clear to full of spots and my body started changing at the same time! It was difficult. Acne might be common but it’s horrific to go through as a teenager. So I decided to speak about, well only just touch upon, the links between certain foods and acne, when I met with Anjali Mahto on Friday. Anjali, now a friend, really understands the skin, and has had similar issues as me, and she’s publishing a book on skin and beauty next year. We actually met for a chart and delicious Acai bowls (if you’re around Carnaby street, go have a bowl topped with granola, peanut butter and fruit!) but we decided to do this video together and are planning to do more!
Watch our video
Here’s a few key pointers and tips:
- Chocolate doesn’t create more spots in itself, but the sugar in the chocolate can aggravate the skin. I certainly found this when I had acne, but I thought it was the combination of the oil, sugar and cream or milk. Anjali, however, says that it’s mainly just the sugar
- Dairy: something new I learnt today is that it’s the low fat versions that worsen the skin. So, if you’re having milk, then have full fat. I would certainly recommend mixing it up – having different milks if they suit you
- Oil: Well, oil isn’t bad, but fried foods tend to be processed and this isn’t good, both for the body and for the skin. All in all, use good quality oils like coconut oil, rapeseed oil and extra virgin olive oil
- Omegas: omegas, in particular omega-3 fatty acids have been shown in some studies to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the skin. So seeds, nuts, flax seeds, walnuts specifically, and if you eat fish then fish is great for the skin.
- Turmeric: this spice has anti-inflammatory properties so it’s definitely a good one to include in your daily diet, from cooking with it (only very small amounts) to stirring it in your milk or with hot water, honey and lemon (add some grated ginger if you like – here’s a video of a delicious summer drink – iced turmeric milk!)
- Including in your diet & supplements: Anjali recommends including foods rich in the following vitamins, and they can also be taken as supplements
- Nicotinamide, made from Vitamin B3, shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and potentially regulate oil production
- Include more foods with Zinc in your diet, great for effective wound healing, Can also take as a supplement.
- Copper is another good one for the skin, needed for elastin, which gives the skin its support and elasticity