A shiny face, dilated pores, blackheads… Having oily skin can make life pretty hard! Even if there are multiple reasons for it, changing your diet is one of the most effective ways to regulate your skin and the excess production of sebum. Here are the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ to keep in mind for balanced and healthy skin! 😉
Which foods should you avoid?
1. Quick-release sugars:
It’s well known that eating a high-fat and high-sugar diet can often lead to bad skin! Quick-release sugars are your worst enemies. You’ll find these in sweet treats, sodas, jams, processed foods… When you eat outside of meal times or when you overeat, the sugar content (glycaemia) of your blood increases, which causes your body to release insulin to regulate it. Unfortunately, this insulin sends a message to your skin, kickstarting sebum production, which is why you end up with oily skin and spots.
In short: quick-release sugars -> insulin -> sebum -> clogged pores, oily skin, and all sorts of spots!
2. Dairy products:
Milk naturally contains hormones (in particular 5-alpha pregnanediol and 5-alpha androstanediol) which are precursors of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Dihydrotestosterone is the hormone that causes acne to develop. It sends messages to our skin to produce sebum. So, with every glass of milk, every dairy product, we’re giving our body permission to produce sebum, leading to acne. However, nothing is stopping you from replacing cow’s milk with plant milks, and protecting your skin from skin irritation or blemishes!
Foods that are good for regulating oily skin…
Zinc is an essential trace-element that allow you to reduce sebum production and limit inflammation, particularly if you have acne-prone skin. With zinc, you can wave goodbye to oily skin! You can find zinc in a lot of foods, particularly seafood (oysters are the best, followed by crab, langoustines…), calf liver, or some vegan and vegetarian products like wheatgerm, pumpkin seeds, soja, sesame seeds, grains…
4. Omega 3:
You can find them in salmon, tuna, walnuts, flax seed or avocado, and they help fight inflammation in our different organs, including our biggest organ – the skin. Think about integrating them into a meal about twice a week so you can say goodbye to your oily skin 😉
5. Green tea:
Its high tannic acid content reduces skin inflammation, so its a powerful ally if you have oily skin, and one to consume without moderation!
We can never say it enough, but it is absolutely essential to drink at the very least 1.5 litres of water a day, which will allow you to eliminate bad toxins from your body!
“I nourish my skin like I nourish my body”
And even if your diet is the number 1 remedy for controlling your oily skin, you should nourish your skin like you nourish your body, so in a healthy and varied way, to help regulate any skin problems.
This is why oOlution develops products that are rich with a wide array of organic plant-based active ingredients, which allow all skin types to take what they need from the products in order to thrive. Try the combination to oily skin trial kit, which is reimbursed 100%, but be careful – you might get hooked!
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