Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

Spicy Foods And Your Skin

We’ve all heard that spicy foods can be a great addition to your everyday meals to shed some pounds. It allows your body to speed up its metabolism, resulting in more burned calories. So far so good right? Have you ever stopped to think about what spicy foods can do to your skin? 


More times then not we want to think there’s only good out there. Sadly, that’s not true. When it comes to spicy foods there’s been a lot of talk about how it can be the cause of constant breakouts. We decided it was the right time to dive deeper and find out the truth! 


Everyone may experience acne at some point in their lives. For some it’s mild but for others it decreases their confidence and can change the way they view themselves. When it comes to acne it’s important to try and find what can be causing it. To do this you should look at your lifestyle as well as what you are putting into your body.  When cases become really severe, it’s always recommended to go to a dermatologist. They will then take a look at our family history as well as any hormonal flare-ups that can be causing all of this to happen.


So where does spicy foods fit into all of this? There are many times where the food you eat will have a great impact on how your skin can look. This can also include spices! When it comes to spicy foods, there are a couple of reasons as to why you may be having some of the breakouts.


One of them, according to Good Glow, can be because for your stomach! There is many times where spicy foods can upset the GI tract in someone’s stomach. This is because your body may not be ready for the heat that spices may bring. This can cause problems in the digestive system. When there are problems in the digestive system this cannot only cause problems for the rest of the body but your skin too. All of this may mean that you can be allergic to whatever you’re consuming. We recommend speaking with your doctor to see how these kinds of foods fit with your stomach.


A big cause of acne is oily skin. When your skin produces a lot of oil your pores can get clogged. This makes sure that dirt and debris gets stuck in them, causing a flare up. When you eat anything spicy, this will activate the sebaceous glands and produce more oil underneath the skin. When you finish eating spicy foods it’s recommended to wash your face so that you can wipe off the excess sweat and oil that has built up.


We don’t want you to worry too much. There are some simple ways for you to try and prevent a breakout when you eat spicy foods. One of them is to drink water! Our bodies need water to stay healthy and even stay hydrated. Drinking more water after having spices will make sure you flush out all the acidity that it has caused.


Not only that but it’s also very important for you to take good care of your skin. There are many people that don’t think that they need to conform to a skincare routine to have good skin. While that can be true for some people, having a good skincare routine makes sure that your skin stays healthy for a long time. That I why we have a skincare line with SkinMedica! This will ensure that you take care of your skin in the comfort of your own home.


To hear more information make sure you visit our website or give us a call. We’ll be able to schedule a FREE consultation for you in no time.


Works Cited

Wood, S. (n.d.). Does Spicy Food Cause Acne? Retrieved from Good Glow: www.goodglow.co/spicy-food-acne


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