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Ask Dr. Macrene: Diet for Clear Complexion

Posted by Macrene Alexiades MD PhD on
Ask Dr. Macrene: Diet for Clear Complexion
Your skin depends on not only what you apply to the outside of your body, but also what you take inside your body. Diet plays a key role in preventing breakouts, redness and sun damage, and in repairing and rejuvenating the skin. Take a look at Dr. Macrene’s instructional video on foods to avoid to keep your complexion clear and read on for foods that actually help to brighten, clarify and rejuvenate your skin.
 
 
Foods That Provide Actives to Rejuvenate Skin: Flavonoids, Resveratrol and Epigalleins
“Dark chocolate is full of flavonoids, another class of polyphenols with antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Several thousand molecules having a polyphenol structure have been identified in plants being generally involved in defense against UV radiation, " says Dr. Macrene. “Resveratrol is a master anti-aging compound found in red grapes — this is an excellent fruit to eat when in season. Teas also have excellent antioxidants, especially green tea and can be drunk year-round.”
 
Dietary Fortifiers of Skin Barrier: Omega Oils, Vitamin Bs
"Look for omega oils from flaxseed or fish to build the skin barrier, which keeps the skin plush and clear. Vitamin B is also helpful for keeping skin blemish-free," says Dr. Macrene.
  
Redness Inducers to Avoid: High Histamine Foods
“Rosacea-triggering foods contain precursors to histamine and can cause you to flush and blush, ultimately leading to rosacea breakouts,” says Dr. Macrene. Examples of foods that contain more histamine are bananas, avocados, and eggplant so you’ll want to avoid them or eat them infrequently in small doses.
 
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