How the Ketogenic Diet Can Improve Your Skin
Acne is an extremely common skin disease that affects 85% of adolescents with blackheads, whiteheads, and red bumps. But just when you think you’re suffering is over because you’re through puberty and now an adult, 50% of adults over 25 are still suffering from this disease. One of the more highly proven ways to treat acne is through your diet. Though many professionals are suggesting the ketogenic diet helps improve your skin, eating the right foods and critiquing your diet in general are better ways to improve the look and feel of your skin.
What is Acne and Why Do We Get It?
Acne occurs when a few factors take place, such as:
- Increase in oil production, therefore clogging the pores.
- Skin cells start to shed and collect at the hair follicle.
- Skin cells reproduction increases.
- Bacteria forms on the upper layer of the skin, otherwise known as the stratum corneum.
Other factors that play a part in acne are genetics, stress, diet and puberty. Typically, it is assumed that once you hit puberty, is when your acne begins and will be at its worse due to your hormones and body changes. However, over the years, adult acne is becoming increasingly common.
What is the Ketogenic Diet and how can It Help?
The ketogenic diet, or keto diet, focuses on consuming high-fat, high-protein foods, and low carbohydrates. Carbohydrates (carbs) contain more sugars, which has been linked to be a common cause of acne.
The keto diet can treat acne by:
- Reducing insulin levels (due to lower carb intake).
- Calming inflammation (also thanks to lower carb consumption).
- Decrease in IGF-1 levels, a growth hormone mediator, therefore, regulating oil production and preventing clogged pores.
To be fair, generally speaking, there are many benefits of a healthy diet and what you eat plays a role in how your skin looks and feels. Sure, the ketogenic diet can improve your skin due to it’s dietary restrictions. But you could, instead just be sure to consume plenty of vegetables, protein, go easy on your fruit and dairy consumption, and you will start to see signs of clearer skin. Skin health is like the rest of your body, you improve and strengthen it through your diet.
What should my diet look like for healthy skin if I don’t want to go keto?
I am glad you asked because in all honesty, I do not recommend the ketogenic diet for a a number of reasons. For one thing, you can clean up what you eat and still get great looking skin. So what should you be eating for clearer skin?
Try to focus on berries and leafy greens because they contain collagen and antioxidants which will lead to younger, clearer skin. Eggs and citrus are also really good, as well as oily fish such as salmon. Another oil that you can consume that will improve your skin is olive oil. Cook with olive oil or add a little drizzle to your salad.
Consider staying away from foods that contain dairy, too much sodium or sugar. These foods are proven to clog your pores and can even make your face appear bloated.
Basically you are choosing healthier, nutrient-dense foods over the “junk food” or high-calorie options. Do these things, make healthier eating choices, and your skin will clear up in no time.
Do you follow the ketogenic diet?
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