Does Eating Organic Improve Your Skin?

If you're a fan of organic beauty products, then chances are you try to eat organic too. And while that might contribute to your overall health, we can't help but wonder-does eating organic actually improve your skin too? It turns out it can.

"Eating organic food may decrease your amount of acne overtime," says Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD. That's because non-organic food that gets pumped with hormones like chicken, meat and dairy, can cause hormonal acne.

Charlotte, NC, dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD, says non-organic dairy products in-particular seem to contribute to breakouts among his patients. "People who have really bad acne who are drinking a lot of milk and start breaking out, we think that's the mechanism," he says. "Some people are reactive to the hormones so we recommend using organic dairy." He adds that adult acne in women over 40 is always hormone-related, so cutting non-organic dairy may help in that situation too.

It also doesn't hurt to eat organic fruits and vegetables. After all, most get covered in pesticides and wax (to keep them fresh), and while there isn't a specific study that proves these ingredients harm the skin, their overall unhealthy affect on your body could be reflected in the form of dull skin and an overall tired look.

"Your body is not the sum of individual organs working alone. It is a complex, interconnected, marvelous machine with harmoniously functioning parts, of which your skin is one," says Santa Ana, CA, dermatologist Tony Nakhla, DO. "Your skin tells the story of your days in the sun, but it also reflects the general health of your internal organs and your entire body as a whole."

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  • Richard Baxter Anonymous
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    While it makes a lot of sense, it should be pointed out that none of this has been confirmed with scientific studies. The most important thing is to make sure the diet is rich in antioxidant polyphenols and flavonoids, such as in dark chocolate, wine, berries, and vegetables. Organically grown produce may have slightly higher levels of these compounds but again the scientific evidence is incomplete.

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