Health/Fitness Personal Experience

Skin Care and Nutrition Go Hand-in-Hand

Ugh.

That’s the sound of frustration coming out of your mouth after you’ve woken up with a brand new pimple. After giving it some thought, you can’t seem to figure out why you’re breaking out. Is it stress? Are you in that time of the month? Or…. is it because of what you’ve been eating?

Over the years, I’ve read several articles that claim that there’s no direct correlation between acne and a person’s diet. Do you believe that’s true? I certainly don’t.

As a person who struggled with acne throughout my teenage years, I can tell you that my body reacted quite rapidly to the garbage that I was feeding it. At first, I didn’t understand why I was breaking out. After all, I had spent a fortune on skincare products, followed a strict skincare routine and went to see my dermatologist a couple of times a month.

In other words, I was doing everything I was supposed to… or so I thought.

You see, the only thing that I wasn’t doing at the time had to do with my diet. I spent my teenage years eating out, drinking and smoking quite often. I didn’t think my lifestyle had anything to do with my acne back then since my friends were doing the same things I was but they had perfectly clear skin. I mean, how could that be?

Well, after a couple of years of taking medication and trying every type of skincare cream, I found out that none of that was helping. My acne wasn’t going away any time soon.

It wasn’t until I threw myself into the gym and the diet that came along with it that I started seeing some changes. Suddenly, my skin was bright and clear without a pimple in sight.

At first, I thought that my skin had changed because I had gotten older and my hormones had finally settled down. However, that wasn’t completely true. I started noticing that every time I fell off my diet or ate some sugar-filled food, I would get a breakout 100% of the time. Even if I made some small changes, like drinking soda instead of water, my body would react in the form of a pimple.

I’m not a dermatologist, so what I’m telling you is based off my personal experience.

When I gave up chips for vegetables, soda for water, cake for oatmeal and fried food for raw/lean protein, my body thanked me. My skin has never looked so damn good. I dare you to make a change in your diet and watch how your body reacts. It’s truly amazing.

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Now, do I still get a pimple here and there? Of course! There are other factors that contribute to acne, such as stress and hormonal balance, so you can’t quite get away from it. However, the very few pimples that I get are manageable.

If you’re having problems with your acne, I highly encourage you to make a change in your diet. Take a chance and see how it works. In case you need any suggestions on food, tea or skincare products that may help, let me know. I would love to share them with you!

XOXO,

Manuela

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