Here’s how what you eat can affect your skin

Following a healthy diet is important for your overall health, this includes the health of your skin.

The foods you eat can affect the appearance of your skin.

Here is how what you eat can affect your skin:


Foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables and green tea, can help protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals.

Free radicals can lead to premature ageing of the skin, and consuming antioxidant-rich foods can help keep your skin looking youthful.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts and flaxseeds, can help reduce inflammation in the skin.

Inflammation can lead to conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, which helps to keep your skin firm and smooth.

Citrus fruits, bell peppers and dark leafy greens are all good sources of vitamin C that can help support the health of your skin.


Some people find that dairy products can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne.

If you suspect that dairy may be contributing to your skin issues, try eliminating or reducing your consumption of dairy products to see if it makes a difference in the health of your skin.

Sugar and processed foods

Consuming too much sugar and processed foods can lead to inflammation in the body, which can manifest in skin issues such as acne and premature ageing.

Limiting your intake of sugary and processed foods can help maintain clear, healthy skin.

Alcohol and caffeine

Both alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate the skin, leading to dryness and dullness.

Limiting your intake of these substances and balancing them with plenty of water can help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Overall diet

Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats can provide skin with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and vibrant.

A diet high in processed foods, sugar and unhealthy fats can lead to skin issues and premature ageing. – IOL

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