As the festive season begins, so too does the over-eating of sweet and unhealthy fried foods. It can be hard to resist these festive foods. These foods often lead to weight gain and even acne if not eaten in moderation.
How do festive foods cause acne?
Skin care experts claim that eating too much sugar causes the development of insulin resistance, which can cause dark spots on the skin and worsen acne breakouts. In fact, having too much sugar in your diet may lead to hirsutism, a condition that leads to excessive hair growth.
In addition to high blood sugar, which leads the body to produce more insulin. The body responds to these increases by producing androgen hormones that exacerbate acne. Sugar has also been shown to cause inflammation and bind to collagen, causing skin cells to deteriorate further. Your skin will look and feel healthier the less sugar and other high-glycemic foods you eat.
Besides sugar, excess unhealthy fats and oils in your diet can worsen sebum production in the skin. Sebum is a natural oil produced by the skin, and its excess can lead to acne breakouts. This happens because the excess sebum attracts more dust and germs to stick to your skin.
How do you overcome this?
If you want to get rid of acne and skin problems this festive season, you must take preventative steps that can help avoid them completely. Here are some easy ways you can prevent or reduce acne breakouts during the holiday season.
1. Quota control
Portion control refers to limiting your food intake by an adequate amount. This helps to avoid overeating which can lead to the consumption of excess sugary and fried foods. Moreover, portion control helps prevent digestive issues or weight gain that may occur due to overeating. These issues may further deteriorate skin health.
2. Take probiotics
Probiotics are foods rich in healthy bacteria. These foods are excellent for our gut health and help keep our digestive system on track. A weak digestive system may also lead to acne and other skin problems. This can be avoided by eating gut-friendly foods.
3. Find healthy alternatives
If you follow a well-balanced diet, there is no need to give up your favorite meals and sweets. However, remember that eating is mainly to nourish your body, not just to savor and celebrate. A little replacement is all that is needed. Use honey or jaggery instead of sugar, for example. In your recipe, replace unhealthy flour with healthy flour such as whole wheat or ragi.
Lack of water in the system can also lead to acne and many other skin problems. Water is especially necessary if you frequently eat sugary and fried foods as they can dehydrate your body.
5. Have a salad with every meal
During the holidays, cooking dinner at home is expensive. Your calorie intake may be balanced, you can reduce overeating, and you can feel full faster by eating a healthy, fresh vegetable salad. A salad bowl made with fresh produce is a great way to get fiber and healthy nutrients. You can consume cucumber, onion, tomato, etc.
Keep these things in mind this holiday season to keep your skin health in check.
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