Although there are different types of acne, your diet influences your overall well being and hence your skin. There are many kinds of food that can help or hurt your complexion in large portions. Having a balanced diet is one of the best ways that you can manage your skin and keep yourself healthy in the process.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, if that doctor’s a dermatologist, maybe not. In an ironic twist even Alanis Morissette could appreciate, it turns out that chomping on an apple every day might be making your acne worse.
At least that’s what this Reddit user is claiming. In a thread, she writes that she had been battling acne around her chin and mouth area for a year and a half and couldn’t figure out what the culprit was. “I tried Stridex, it didn’t help. I tried a different toothpaste, it didn’t help. I made sure not to touch my face, it didn’t help. I made sure my pillow case was clean, it didn’t help,” she writes. “I came to a major realization-apples! I love apples and eat at least one or two a day. I’m not a messy eater, but the juice must be a major irritant for my skin.”
Now, we’ve heard a lot of causes for acne over the years, but this was a new one, so we posed the question to some of our favorite skin-care gurus: Could eating apples really make your skin worse? While the dermatologists we asked weren’t aware of any studies linking eating fruit to acne, they did have some possible explanations. “It’s more likely that the possible irritant effects of acidic fruit juices can cause some people to break out,” said Annie Chiu, a dermatologist in Hermosa Beach, California. “Changing the pH of the skin even temporarily can disrupt the natural barriers of the skin and could be a trigger for breakouts in some individuals. It’s the same reason spicy foods can increase inflammation and cause breakouts around the mouth area.”
Kavita Mariwella, a dermatologist in West Islip, New York, says the apple could have been drying the Reddit user’s skin: “It sounds like the acid may be drying her skin and causing an irritant reaction, or it could be a chemical or preservative on the peel itself she is allergic to.” Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, adds that drinking fruit juices could also be problematic. “There is data showing that high-glycemic-index foods-foods with high carbohydrate loads-can increase blood sugar and promote inflammation that leads to acne breakouts,” he says. “Drinking high amounts of fruit juices can be a culprit in some people.”
So if you have sensitive skin that’s prone to acne, it might not be a good idea to bite right into an apple, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up eating fruit. “I starting cutting up my apples instead of biting them to decrease the chance of the juice getting on my skin,” the Reddit user writes. “It was an instant improvement and I now have clear skin.” Other users chimed in saying they’d experienced the same thing. “It happens with oranges, too,” writes one. “Cut your fruit into small pieces when you can. The same goes for really salty, greasy, or acidic foods that get all over your chin. It’s one of those things most people don’t think about.” Time to break out the apple slicer.
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