Get rid of acne
I’ve struggled with acne and skin problems since I was a teen. When I was in medical school during the ’90s, the dermatologists who trained us insisted food had no impact on our skin. After I graduated, and my face exploded in yet another acne outbreak, I was lucky to see a dermatologist who was way ahead of his time in terms of his thinking.
“What are you eating?” he asked. I confessed to more ice cream and sugary treats than usual, and he handed me a list of foods that trigger acne. He also recommended I read The Perricone Prescription by U.S. dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone. The book’s description of food’s impact on skin changed my life-and my face. My skin is so much clearer since I started following his advice. I still get breakouts occasionally, but it’s when I “cheat” and eat a lot of refined carbs.
One of the things I learned from Perricone’s book-which was groundbreaking when it came out in 2002 and still holds true-is that the high blood sugar we get from eating sweets and refined flour attaches itself to collagen in our skin cells. This sugar distorts the skin, which eventually shows up as wrinkles. Check out your skin the morning after you’ve eaten a huge plate of pasta or a big dessert; you’ll be surprised by how puffy and tired you look. The fix? Minimize “white” foods, choose high-fibre grains more often, and avoid sugary drinks entirely. I also know that for me, cutting back on dairy and meat has helped my skin.
Today, it’s a well-known fact in the medical community that the foods we eat do influence skin. Here’s how I keep mine looking its best.