While the direct link between food consumption and skin damage has not been widely studied, one study comparing the correlation between food and nutrient intake with skin wrinkling found a positive relationship.
As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs. In fact, new research suggests that eating foods rich in protein and certain vitamins and minerals might provide valuable anti-aging effects.
Perhaps the simplest way to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and ensure the skin is getting optimal nutrition from the foods we eat is to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s (USDA) Daily Food Guide, commonly referred to as the food pyramid. These include:
â€¢Choosing and eating at least three ounces of whole grain breads, cereals, rice, crackers or pasta.
â€¢Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including more dark green and orange vegetables.
â€¢Consuming calcium-rich foods, such as fat-free or low-fat milk and other dairy products.
â€¢Opting for a variety of low-fat or lean meats, poultry and fish.
Foods such as liver, vinegar, soy sauce, dairy products, certain fruits and vegetables, hot chocolate, cider, tea and coffee have been known to cause flare-ups in some rosacea patients.
Foods that have been known to worsen eczema symptoms include eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, wheat and fish, while some patients even report that chocolate, coffee, alcohol, tomatoes and sugar can trigger a flare-up.