These 17 Foods Are Wrecking Your Skin—Here's What an Expert Says to Eat Instead

Taking care of your skin is about more than lathering on the correct combination of cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and serums. While that's not to say these topical treatments aren't important (we love a good face mask as much as anybody else), healthy, clear skin actually starts with what you put inside your body—not just what you put on your face.

"Poor nutrition is as bad for your skin as it is for the rest of your body," says New York City–based dermatologist Gary Goldenberg, MD. The biggest offenders to look out for are foods high in sugar, dairy products, and foods with antibiotics. Sugary foods and dairy products tend to produce inflammation in the body, which can make skin conditions worse, Goldenberg explains. Additionally, foods containing antibiotics can kill normal gut flora, which also produces inflammation.

That's why—along with your favourite skincare products—it's important to think about the foods you put into your body in order to take care of your skin. Curious what foods to stock up on and which to avoid for glowing, healthy skin? Ahead, Goldenberg names 17 of the worst foods for skin and what foods you should fill up on instead.

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