Foods That Can Make Your Skin (And Teeth) Look Terrible

September 22, 2016  |  
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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “What exactly is going on with my skin today?” Of course, many of us probably have that thought when our periods come around. However, the real reason your skin is having a fit could be due to one of the foods on this list.

Eat too much of them, and it might show up on your skin (or teeth) later on. So if you have a dinner meeting or date lined up, it might pay to leave everything on this menu off of your plate.

Some of these foods (and ways of cooking them) might be better left out of your refrigerator (and diet) for good. Your skin bounces back when you occasionally overdo it. But make a habit of eating too much of these foods and you could do some long-term damage to your skin.

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Shellfish

If your skin is sensitive, skip shellfish like shrimp, crab and lobster. They’re high in iodine, which can clog your pores (and make them bigger). Instead, have fatty fish like salmon, which is better for your skin.

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Sugar

Eat enough sugar to make you crave a glass of water and the sweets might show up in your skin. Sugar attacks the collagen in your skin to make the lines around your mouth look deeper and your pores bigger.

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Hard Alcohol

A hangover isn’t the only consequence of too much drinking. Having too much to drink can trigger a breakout. Turn up every weekend and you could lose some of the firmness in your face or even develop uneven dark spots.

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Well-Done Meat

Even if you love the flavor of meat that’s cooked very well-done, charred meat has chemicals that make your face puffy for a long time after you eat it.

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Salty Foods

Salt makes your body hold onto water everywhere, including your face. Luckily, this one is a pretty easy fix. A coffee scrub or a skin product that has caffeine (followed by a few glasses of water to flush the salt out) can get you back on track.

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Sandwiches

Packaged slices of meat are surprisingly high in sodium, which causes bloating. Plus, it has sulfates, which can age you sooner if you eat it all of the time.

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Spicy Food

If you can handle the heat, this one is fine — until you reach a certain age. In your 30s, hot food can make skin look splotchy. It can also cause inflammation that makes spider veins worse or makes your face look puffy.

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Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are a bad choice for date night. They make your teeth more likely to stain, and the effects can be pretty immediate. Follow up a morning energy drink with pasta sauce at night and it could show up in your smile.

Be careful what you drink at dinner, too. White wine is also bad for your teeth and great at helping them keep the color of whatever you ate afterward.

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Coffee

Before a date at night, it’s better to drink tea in the morning. Too much caffeine takes the moisture out of your skin and you could lose your glow. If you can’t make it through the day without a cup, switch to a moisturizer foundation. Powder and matte finishes will dry you out even more.

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Microwave Popcorn

Consider switching to the air-popped kind. Popcorn in a bag is high in trans fats, which make your skin more prone to sun damage. It can also make acne scars worse, and make your skin less firm over time if you eat it often.

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