You are What You Eat

We have all heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” I have always questioned the truth to this age old statement, but there is an abundance of information out there that strongly suggests that food has a significant impact on health, the appearance of your skin and overall well being. It makes sense that to some extent you really are what you eat.

I have been so focused on finding the right skin care product that will work wonders on my daughter’s acne that I have forgotten about all of the other factors that may be contributing to her skin condition. The summer sun forced me to look into a sunscreen that would not interfere with the acne products we have been using, otherwise I probably would have continued my narrowly focused mission to find the perfect product rather than looking closely at all of the other important factors that may be contributing to her acne.

Sweat, inadequate fluid intake, dirt and skin care products all contribute to skin problems, as acne is a very complex issue. This being said, my daughter has several strikes against her just because of her teenage lifestyle. Through my discovery of the obvious, I realized that any teenage girl with acne should be paying close attention to the foods that she eats. I don’t fill the cabinets with greasy snacks; however, I can’t control everything she eats throughout the day.

My daughter and I have not even scraped the surface of the topic of food. I have an obligation to her to tell her when I discover new information that may be helpful in eliminating her acne. I have made a vow to myself and to her that I have to talk to her about the good, the bad and the ugly, even if I risk her getting angry with me. The best offense I have is to inform her and hope she makes good choices.

Mall food, greasy potato chips and sugary snacks are readily available to most teenagers. As much as we try to limit these things in our own households, we can’t control everything kids put in their mouths. The summertime brings a whole new array of issues with this. There is so much snack food available during the summer months. It is not just the food that may be contributing to her acne, but the soda and sugary juices and frosty shakes that we grab to cool off on a hot day.

I plan to do some research on the area of food and skin care in the next few days. Once I get some good information I will plan to discuss it with my daughter, maybe over a 100% fruit smoothie! If there is any truth to you are what you eat, and I think that there is, we have some work to do to in this area.


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