How a Food Journal Can Help Your Acne

If you think food is triggering your acne, then keep a food journal for one month to identify the triggers. Eliminate those foods and see if your acne improves in following months.

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You woke up with a pimple on your chin and immediately think, “Damn that chocolate chip cookie last night.” Was it the cookie? Or was it the glass of milk that accompanied it? Or how about that slice of pepperoni pizza from two days ago?

What foods do cause acne? The frustrating truth is that we don’t know for sure. But we do know that a well-balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and good fats is healthy for your body and your skin.

Fortunately, no one knows your skin as well as you. So if you think food is triggering your acne, then keep a food journal for a month. Every day write down everything you eat and drink, and assess your level of acne. Is it mild, moderate or severe? Then use a highlighter to mark your worst breakouts. See what you’ve eaten in the prior 72 hours. Eliminate those foods that triggered your acne. See if your acne improves in following months.

Let us know what you discovered!

Photo credit: FCC, mac.rj

Food Friday: Biotin-Rich Eggs

Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that’s essential for nail growth. Good foods sources for biotin include egg yolks, salmon, liver, nuts, Swiss chard, cauliflower, and avocados.

OK, ladies, be honest, how many of you have spent $10, $20 or more on a biotin-enriched nail polish that promised stronger, longer nails? From now on, save your money. Even if that nail polish is packed with biotin, the cells in your fingernails can’t absorb it.

Feed your cells biotin by feeding yourself biotin. Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that’s essential for cell growth. Good food sources for biotin include egg yolks, salmon, liver, nuts, Swiss chard, cauliflower, and avocados.

As for that best nail polish. BellaSugar’s got ya covered with their list of the newest nail colors for August.

Summertime Corn and Pepper Egg Scramble 

Late summer is the ideal time to enjoy fresh farmers’ market sweet corn and red bell peppers.

Serves 2

4 eggs, preferably local and organic

Couple of dashes of salt and black pepper

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1 small ear sweet corn, kernels cut off

1/2 jalapeno, finely diced

1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons reduced fat cheddar cheese

1/2 ripe avocado, diced

Optional: Serve with warm corn tortillas.

1. In a small bowl, whisk eggs with salt and pepper.

2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, warm olive oil. Add onions and saute 1 minute. Add red bell pepper, corn, and jalapeno and saute 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the eggs, tomatoes, cilantro, and cheese. Using a spatula, gently push the eggs from side to side until they’re cooked through and no longer runny, about 2 minutes. Divide evenly among two plates, and top with diced avocado.

Photo and recipe by Susan Russo of Food Blogga. 

The Truth About Eating Antioxidant Foods For Your Skin

“Hi everyone. I’m @dermdoc. It’s been 3 weeks since my last acai berry shake.”

It’s been 4 months since I ate a blueberry. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a shot of pomegranate juice. Back when I was consuming 18 pounds of antioxidants a day, I used to look like this.

Now look at me.

Don’t let this happen to you! Eat your blueberries (only wild, please). Snack on some walnuts (just the red ones). And don’t forget your green tea (the white kind only). Otherwise you’ll be a wrinkled, spotted, mess; plus, you’ll die of a heart attack.

I love food. I love to eat local farmers’ market produce, I eat lots of fish and olive oil, and I even drink an occasional smoothie. But I don’t eat this way because it keeps me looking young. I eat real food because I enjoy it, because it tastes good, and because it makes me feel good. There are health benefits to eating well, including perhaps some advantages for your skin. But commonly held beliefs that eating antioxidant-rich foods will keep you looking young and cancer-free are still far from being scientifically proven.

So if you’re feeling guilty because your tightened family budget doesn’t allow you to buy the latest antioxidant berry, then stop it. Below is a list of all the scientific research (in people) that showed eating antioxidant-rich foods made people look younger, smoothed their wrinkles, or reduced their risk for skin cancer:

Yup. That’s all of them.

“Eat real food. Mostly plants. Wear your sunscreen.” – @dermdoc

Photos: Leedav (berries) and Tetsumo (old man), both from flickr.