Why ‘Clean Eating’ Isn’t Going to Clear Up Your Skin

Add probiotics to your diet, cut out meat, avoid gluten, try fish oil, take biotin.

These are just a few of the many skin care recommendations circulating around the web these days.

And while diet does have a lot to do with skin health, most of the information posted on blogs and social media isn’t scientifically sound and, experts say, should be taken with a grain of salt.

As it turns out, a lot of these websites are sponsored by companies looking to sell products and are part of a larger marketing effort.

In addition, a lot of the dietary changes individuals are sharing are purely anecdotal, and what works for one person may not work for another.

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Why ‘Clean Eating’ Isn’t Going to Clear Up Your Skin

Having healthy skin isn’t all about what you eat. And supplements and vitamins aren’t necessarily the answer either.
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Add probiotics to your diet, cut out meat, avoid gluten, try fish oil, take biotin.

These are just a few of the many skin care recommendations circulating around the web these days.

And while diet does have a lot to do with skin health, most of the information posted on blogs and social media isn’t scientifically sound and, experts say, should be taken with a grain of salt.

As it turns out, a lot of these websites are sponsored by companies looking to sell products and are part of a larger marketing effort.

In addition, a lot of the dietary changes individuals are sharing are purely anecdotal, and what works for one person may not work for another.

“People looking to improve their skin health may think that changing their diet is the answer, but a dermatologist will tell you that’s not necessarily the case,” Dr. Rajani Katta, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and a clinical professor of dermatology at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, said in a recent report published by the American Academy of Dermatology.

According to Katta, one of the biggest misconceptions is that food allergies have a strong connection to certain skin conditions. In reality, while some food allergies can affect the skin, most have little to do with skin disease.

Take gluten, for example, which is commonly blamed for skin inflammation.

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