Skin cannot live on skincare alone, and any brand that omits this information isn’t doing its due diligence toward the health of your skin or microbiome. Your diet should support the growth of healthy microbes in your gut by eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fermented foods while limiting refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed carbohydrates.
You nurture microbial diversity by eating a diverse range of foods, especially:
• Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi that contain healthy bacteria
• High in fiber foods like beans, legumes, fruit that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria
Prebiotic foods like asparagus, bananas, artichokes, oats, and apples that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria
• Antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, green tea, dark chocolate, red wine, olive oil, and whole grains that are broken down by the microbiome to stimulate healthy bacteria growth
Try to limit your consumption of:
• High-glycemic foods like refined carbohydrates and refined sugars can cause prolonged inflammation in your gut and on your skin, leading to premature loss of elasticity and suppleness in the skin.
• Dairy, especially cow’s skim milk, has been shown to increase acne’s likelihood. Yogurt and certain cheeses do NOT show these same results.
• Artificial sweeteners that can alter your microbiome composition