Foods And Additives That Could Be Contributing To Your Skin Problem

Everyday foods could be contributing to your skins distress

A healthy diet, including undamaged Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), is required to keep your skin healthy. However, there may be specific foods or additives, which may be contributing to your skin disorder.

Foods you eat everyday may be a problem

There are a number of foods that people eat daily which are known to contribute to skin problems. Sometimes people are born with an intolerance to these foods, but an intolerance can also suddenly appear, seemingly from nowhere, as a child gets older, or even in adulthood. Stress can be a contributing factor, as can an overload of environmental toxins and an inefficient digestive system.


  • Gluten found in wheat, rye, and barley and to a much lesser extent in oats, is a protein that some people find very hard to digest. Found in ordinary bread, pasta, baked goods, and thousands of processed foods, it can be difficult to avoid. Due to one in ten people having gluten intolerance today, there are many excellent gluten-free foods available in health stores.
  • Yeast, found in normal and gluten free varieties of bread, as well as other baked goods, can be a problem for some people. Yeast is also found in fermented foods, like vinegar and malt as well as mushrooms and alcohol. Some favorite foods like vegemite contain yeast extracts, as do monosodium glutamate (MSG) containing foods, canned and packet soups, and stock cubes, including some soya sauces. Unfortunately, sweet fruit feeds the yeast in the body, the overgrowth of which could be adding to skin problems. Therefore, avoiding any foods that contain yeast, as well as sweet fruit, may be necessary until the skin is healed, or until you know exactly which food is making the skin condition worse.
  • Dairy milk is found in all dairy products as well as other processed foods, and can cause skin reactions, ranging from mild to severe. Replace cows milk with rice milk. If you have a powerful blender, and can eat nuts, you can also make nut milk, using almonds or cashews, cold water and a few ice cubes. Adding some vanilla adds a lovely subtle flavor. Some people have found that replacing cows milk, with goats milk is a good solution, and in this way they can still enjoy dairy products, like goats cheese and yoghurt.
  • Soya is found in tofu, soya sauce and miso, as well as in many baked goods and other processed foods because it is a cheap filler, which saves manufacturers’ money. russian food store


Healthy foods that your skin may dislike

Some vegetables, especially tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and green capsicums cause skin flare-ups, and shellfish, oranges, eggs, strawberries, as well as other berries, apples and lemons are also trigger foods for some people. Certain spices as well as chocolate can cause skin flare-ups too. This is distressing for some people, as these foods are perceived as being healthy. However, your individual reaction will dictate whether one of, or a few of these foods are to be avoided.

Are some additives worse for your skin than others?

Additives found in processed and tinned foods, such as preservatives, colorants and flavorings, including MSG, can affect some people’s skin negatively. Some of the worst culprits for skin seem to be the colorants that contain the word -azo, and the preservatives that contain benzoates.

However, the following list contains the names of many of the additives, including the ones mentioned above, known to cause skin irritation. Although this list is not exhaustive and there may be other additives, not listed, that could also cause skin reactions, you can look out for these in foods you purchase. Some of these additives have been banned in the USA and the EU, while many of them are still used in Australia: