Are you one of those adults who wakes up every day asking themselves when the sophomoric plague of acne will finally come to an end? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the frequency of adult acne is growing sizably.
Why do men and women have persistent acne into their 30s, 40s, and 50s?There's reason to believe dietary factors are the culprits. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Dr. Nigma Talib offers helpful insight. The London-based naturopathic doctor, skincare specialist and best-selling author discusses the specific ways in which wine, dairy, sugar and gluten contribute to facial acne. Keep reading to understand how these substances affect your face — especially the chin — and why.
According to Talib, you can identify the foods you overeat simply by examining your skin. The four following infographics help illustrate this:
1. Wine Face
In the above image, the author has identified the signs of overdrinking. Blemishes between your eyebrows as well as enlarged pores are surefire signs of a glass too many. Talib explains that wine is bad for the skin because it's full of sugar and kicks the liver and digestive system into overdrive.
Other dermatologists, like Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology Group, warn of the skin dangers that come with drinking any kind of alcohol. In an article for Huffington Post, Colbert explains that though red wine is high in antioxidants that counter the aging process, it can also release histamines in some people, leading to increased flushing.
To treat Wine Face, Talib recommends taking a complete break from alcohol for three weeks. After your skin has had time to detox, cut down your drinking to a glass or two 6 days a month, and totally abstain from alcohol the other 24 days. In other words, treat yourself to a fabulous glass on the weekends and stay dry during the week.
2. Dairy Face
If, on the other hand, you have widespread acne and concentrated pimples on your chin, it may be time to skip the brie and opt for dairy-free milk or creamer in your coffee. According to Talib, "As you age, you lose the enzymes needed to properly digest lactose. This leads to inflammation all over the body, including the face."
If you think you have Dairy Face, Talib recommends avoiding dairy for a few weeks to see if your acne clears. If it does, try to consume dairy only occasionally.
3. Sugar Face
We all know how bad sugar is for the body. If you suspect you regularly have spoonfuls of sugar too many, check your face for widespread pustular or cystic acne. The reason sugar's so bad for the skin is because the excess glucose molecules generated by sugar adhere to the collagen in your skin.
For clear skin, Talib stresses there's no better cure than avoiding sugar completely. Of course, it's OK to cheat every once in awhile, but when you do, savor a single square of dark chocolate. Never eat the whole candy bar!
4. Gluten Face
Everyone is talking about gluten. Even if you don't have gluten intolerance, you may want to cut back on the bread and pasta if you notice blemishes across the forehead and red spots on the cheeks. Talib explains that gluten affects the skin because it causes systematic inflammation throughout the body. Dr. Mercola echoes Talib in his recommendation to completely remove gluten, grains and sugar from the diet to treat acne.
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