Food Intolerance and Your Skin: Does What You Eat Show Up On Your Face?

Food Intolerance and Skin: How What You Eat Shows On Your Face

Too much junk food makes your skin look bad. No huge surprise there.But what about some seemingly healthy foods? These too could be causing you skin issues, like acne, rosacea, and wrinkles. Yikes! And did you know other (healthy) foods you eat could be showing up as skin problems too, especially if you have a food intolerance? Find out how, and which foods you may want to avoid.

Food intolerance can make you susceptible to gut imbalance, which can then show up on the outside. As in, on your face.

Dr. Nigma Talib, naturopath and skin specialist to the stars, has written a book on what she call “digest-aging.” In other words, what you eat can cause unwanted skin issues that can make you look older. Dr. Talib breaks it down in a helpful illustration of what foods show up on your face in which ways, and has written a book, “Reverse the Signs of Ageing: The Revolutionary Inside-Out Plan to Glowing, Youthful Skin.”

How a Specific Food Intolerance Shows Up On Your Face

Gluten is a common food intolerance. While the list of symptoms is long, the way gluten sensitivity looks on your face is pretty specific. Gluten intolerance causes inflammation in the body, which can cause swelling and redness of the cheeks. It can also throw hormones out of balance, resulting in breakouts around the chin.

Dairy is another common intolerance. If you find dairy foods difficult to digest your face may show this as puffy skin and bags under the eyes. If you are consuming dairy with added hormones, blemishes will likely be part of the ballgame too.

Other foods that are best consumed in moderation for a healthy lifestyle are caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. And you guessed it, these can also change the look of your skin.

Caffeine can be friend and foe to the complexion. Used in skincare or consumed in moderation, caffeine is a great de-puffer. Overdo it and your skin is left dehydrated and sporting some decent under eye circles.

Aw, the love/hate relationship we have with sugar. So sweet and seemingly harmless. Until it saps your skin of collagen and elastin, leaving it droopy and aged before its time. According to face mapping, a diet high in processed foods and sugar can be identified by wrinkles on the forehead. Too many sweets can also cause clogged pores and pimples on forehead and chin. As if all that weren’t enough, overworked adrenals could signal brows to thin. Ugh! Did you sweet tooth just take a hike?

As for the alcohol. Yes, it causes puffiness. Duh. Did you also know it can cause redness and broken capillaries in the cheeks, deepened nasolabial folds, and enlarged pores? Not good.

If you’ve been having skin issues that aren’t the usual or are hard to address, maybe you have a food intolerance or are consuming too much sugar. Worth a look.

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Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson is an organic beauty expert who has been researching and writing on the subjects of natural beauty, health, and wellness for over 10 years. She specializes in sharing safe beauty products and her knowledge on healthy ingredients with her readers, and helping organic beauty brands and shop owners share their message and products with the world through her writing services.