Skin sin no. 2: Eating dairy and other inflammatory foods Turns out that glass of milk your mother may have forced you to drink as a kid may actually be harmful to your skin and health. Dr. Jessica Wu, M.D., Los Angeles-based dermatologist and author of "Feed Your Face" says cow's milk -- even organic -- contains its own hormones and growth factors that are absorbed into the bloodstream. These hormones have androgenic effects that can cause acne in women. Dairy products are also pro-inflammatory, which means they can worsen acne issues and also accelerate aging, says dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, M.D. So find your calcium in other forms, such as dark leafy greens and tofu.
Speaking of tofu and other protein-packed foods, it's a good idea to limit your consumption of protein and not consume more than one type at a time. "Protein takes the most digestive work, as the foods have to be broken down into amino acids from complex chains," says celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. This energy spent on digesting protein takes away from what Snyder calls your "Beauty Energy," which she describes as "energy that can be redirected away from digestion to grow thick, healthy hair, clear up dark under-eye circles, repair the collagen in our skin, etc."
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