The Best Diet for Healthy Skin In 2012

diet for healthy skinDid you make a New Year’s Resolution to eat better in 2012?  I’m checking in with you and encouraging you to stick to it.  Trust me, your diet matters to your skin health!

Right about now that New Year’s Resolution enthusiasm might start falling off.  I’m noticing, for example, that it’s getting easier to find a parking spot at my gym.  My own resolution (to use my power exam tables to always move a patient into a good position for my back before I begin a procedure) didn’t get done 100% of the time yesterday. My nurse gave me a gentle reminder and it helped.  We know what’s good for us, let’s stick it out.  We need to support each other, and I’m hoping this post helps to support you.  I care, and if improving your diet was your 2012 New Years Resolution, hang in there, your skin will reward you.

‘You are what you eat’ and now, more than ever, there’s mounting medical evidence that this is true for your skin.  You probably have at least one skin problem that you’d love to fix – include diet in your treatment plan.  Really???  YES!

We know:

  • Acne improves on a fruit & veggie rich diet low on junk, sugars, meats & dairy,
  • Psoriasis in now linked to the same diet risk factors as heart disease and diabetes,
  • Beauty is rated more highly when a person has beta carotene rich skin (which comes from eating orange and green leafy veggies),
  • UV skin damage is lessened when skin is loaded w/ dietary antioxidants,
  • Non-melanoma skin cancers thrive when you eat a high fat diet,

Dermatologist’s Diet Advice For Healthy Skin

Eat organic and fresh because nutrients start breaking down the minute food is harvested.  Organically grown foods have more to begin with (they ‘are what they eat’ too).  Click here to read Diet Recommendations for Healthy Skin

Eat lots of beta carotene foods because they make you beautiful (and healthy).  My absolute favorite nutritional ingredient for beauty is beta carotene because it functions like a self-tanner, giving your skin a beautiful golden glow.  I always eat a healthy dose of carrots, winter squash or dark green veggies to keep my pale skin naturally ‘bronzed’. Believe it or not it works!  Click here to read Skip The Tan And Eat Your Veggies For Beautiful Skin Color

Eat lots of omega 3 rich foods because they rock for fighting inflammation.  Inflammation is the instigator of all sorts of mischief from psoriasis and acne to heart disease and strokes.  The modern western diet is low in omega 3 and high in it’s evil counterpart Omega 6.  Tip the balance in your body and see how different you look and feel.  Click here to read Age Beautifully, Fight Cancer and Prevent Heart Disease By Adding Flax Seeds To Your Diet

Eat your vitamin D.  Don’t damage your skin with sun exposure in pursuit of this important vitamin.  This is the one vitamin I actually take in capsule form.  Click here to read Are You really Getting Vitamin D From The Sun Or Just Nuking Your DNA?

Eat a diet that has more veggies than anything else to reduce inflammation (including skin inflammation like rosacea, acne, eczema, psoriasis).  We diet geeks believe that a plant based diet loads your body with vital, bioavailable nutrients in exactly the form that your human body is designed to use.  No multivitamin pill can compare!  Click here to read The Alkaline Mediterranean Diet, A Magic Wand For Overall Health And Beauty

Eat naturally fermented, probiotic rich foods every day to keep your digestive track healthy.  I suspect that this little secret is one of the biggest under-appreciated necessities for physical health.  Your digestive track helps you absorb the right nutrients and excrete any harmful toxins in your food (like mercury).  My favorite probiotic food is naturally fermented kefir because it’s loaded with beneficial probiotics. Click here to read Kefir, The Best Probiotic For Healthy Skin.

Eat less refined carbs, dairy and junk food to prevent acne. Yes, we dermatologists finally have diet advice for you if you suffer from acne.  Click here for 4 Diet Changes That Can Help You Improve Your Acne, Dermatologist’s Advice

Eat foods rich in natural spices! Yes, I’ve never posted on the subject of spices and health, but the scientific evidence is mounting. Spices are starting to join the ranks of healthy diet super heroes.  Some of the best are turmeric and cinnamon.  I try to cook with turmeric every week and I add cinnamon to my morning cup of green tea matcha.  I promise to post on spices later this year.

So, let’s stick it out with our New Year’s Resolutions.  We know what’s good for us.  I’ll use my power tables and demonstrate excellent ‘self care’ at work.  If diet was your resolution, hang in there.  You’ll like the results on your skin, I promise you!

Photo: Thanks and Gratitude to TheBittenWord


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9 Responses to “The Best Diet for Healthy Skin In 2012”

  1. Lahronda February 1, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Thank you for the encouragement Dr. Bailey. I had a fat-laden lunch just now and needed that ‘smack’ on the hand.

  2. Amanda Oberg February 1, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Great insights as always Dr. Bailey. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Mary Kay Radnich February 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    My BFF in college always ate bags and bags of carrots while studying. She is a tiny gal with very pale skin. And seeing her a few days after a marathon study event, she was, well, orange. I mean, I could look at her and say, “Oh, you were studying again, weren’t you??”

    Looking forward to receiving my products next week!!

  4. patricia February 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Thank you for another great article! I’ve been interested in trying to eat a more alkaline diet for some time but am having a hard time applying the theory to actual meals. Would you please consider another alkaline diet article, with some meal suggestions–typical daily meals and ideas for eating out? What is your opinion about one protocol I’ve read, to simply add some baking soda to water to make the blood more alkaline? It sounds iffy to me but I recall my father doing that to aid digestion.

    Really enjoy your blog!

  5. Cynthia Bailey MD February 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Hello Patricia,
    I should do another alkaline diet update, that’s a great idea. I’ve also been wanting to create a pyramid to illustrate my concept of the diet pyramid – you’re giving me the little push that I need to get to that project.

    I’m not a fan of trying to bypass the diet proportions and use a baking soda solution to modify the body’s pH. That said, sparkling mineral water might do that ever so slightly and I am often found with a large Pellegrino in my hand, hmm….

    Cynthia Bailey MD

  6. Napier My February 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Wow this is very useful. Thank you for sharing. What other natural spices would you recommend. I will for sure try out putting cinnamon in my cup of morning tea.

  7. Treating Scoliosis February 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Many people don’t think about the fact that what they eat not only affects their insides, but their outsides too! The skin is an organ that survives based on what nutrients we feed it. An unhealthy diet not only shows in weight gain or loss, but also on the quality of skin.

  8. Cynthia Bailey MD February 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Right now cinnamon, ginger and turmeric have the science that impresses me the most and motivates me to action.

  9. lula j February 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Very interesting site I have recently started taking beta carotene capsules alongside a healthy hi veg diet and I drink an aniseed cinnamon green tea mix I put a regular decaff teabag with this and add a drop of milk best tea I eva had only 3rd day of beta carotene hv a glow already I love this blog ive bookmarked it!