Is your favourite food the secret cause of all your skin woes?
10 foods that are causing your skin to be inflamed
Skin flare-ups are pretty common, and sometimes, it happens out of the blue. Surprisingly, it’s not only your skincare products or medications that are causing your skin to be inflammed. Sometimes, it boils down to your diet. Certain foods trigger inflammatory response from your immune system causing redness, swelling and a slight raise in blood pressure.
Here are some foods that are known to cause inflammation on the skin so you’re better able to single out the cause of your skin’s redness. As with all nutritional advice, moderation is key.
Certain vegetable oils like soy, sunflower and corn contain omega-6 fatty acids. While omega-6 fatty acids can help stimulate skin and hair growth and maintain bone health, too much can cause your metabolism rate to spiral out of control, hence increasing the risk of inflammation. Try swapping your vegetable oil for other oils like olive and canola, which have both omega 3 and 6 to help balance things out.
Besides containing plenty of sodium, fatty processed meat like frozen hot dogs, bacon and burger patties also have a lot of saturated animal fats that, when not eaten in moderation, can cause inflammation.
No matter the type (sucrose, fructose or even just plain sugar), too much can lead to inflammation. Highly processed sugars may trigger cytokines, which send signals to cells in your body to activate inflammation.