Long regarded as a topic without real evidence, two recent studies in the European Journal of Dermatology and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology finally confirm there is a real link between your diet and acne -- especially when dairy is involved.
There are 60-some hormones in the average glass of milk (organic or not!) and some of those androgens (like testosterone) increase sebum production and feed acne flair ups. What's more, dairy stimulates insulin production, which is known to cause pimples. If you are going to skip dairy, be sure to supplement your diet with other sources of calcium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients found in milk.
Kimberly Snyder, a Los Angeles nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, says she sees a big improvement in her clients' skin and hair when they eat more alkaline-forming foods.
"If your body is too acidic, which can happen when your diet is unbalanced, it leaches the alkaline minerals, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium," she says. This slows down your body's natural detox functions, which can help reduce skin irritation and flush toxins from your skin.
Reach for foods such as parsley, almonds, kale, pears, lemons, and apples which are known to help form alkaline in the body.
Sip Some Sun Protection
Another reason to up your herbal intake: recent research in Journal of Alternative and Contemporary Therapies confirms Asian ginseng, a root that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, reduces the amount of damage caused by UV light and increase the amount of exposure needed to result in a sunburn when taken orally or topically. Don't be mistaken—you still need sunscreen. Use this herbal remedy to help your sun protection routine pack a bigger punch.
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