A: Skin can absolutely suffer because of the foods we put in our bodies, says Lauren Byington, CEO of natural makeup brand Omiana, offering by way of example “the person who eats yogurt and has a massive breakout the next day, or the person whose face turns lobster-red after two glasses of wine.”
Finding your trigger foods and cutting them out of your diet is a good first step. Gluten and dairy are common no-no’s for many people who suffer from skin irritation. Soy can also be a trigger for some people, as can sugar, a common skin villain that can accelerate signs of aging. At the end of the day, how your skin reacts to your diet is very personal, and in order to assess which ingredients are harming your complexion, an elimination diet could be helpful.
If you can’t tell on your own which foods trigger your skin, it’s time to see a dermatologist for an allergy test. Incidentally, if you’ve never been to a dermatologist, or haven’t visited one in years, it’s probably a good idea to schedule a visit because allergies may manifest in nonobvious, but health-impacting ways.