Does Going Vegan Give You Better Skin?

As veganism turns from fad to lifestyle, it’s hard to tell who around you is following the organic way of life, but their luminous skin may be a hint. What vegan-based cosmetic companies have been shouting for years – a vegan diet works wonders for your complexion – is now being revealed in scientific studies. The studies show two specific foods that are tied to acne (we explain why below), but there are tasty super foods that actually help your body ward off skin problems, so next time you head to the supermarket or produce stand, load up on these good-for-your-skin choices.

Foods Linked To Acne

Does chocolate cause acne? The debate is ongoing. Many times, chocolate changes dramatically between the plant, from which it’s derived, to the store shelf – additives are thrown in, including sugar and milk or milk fat. Those additives can cause inflammation and bacteria buildup. Vegan dark chocolate, however, has some health-promoting antioxidants, so keep your intake limited and your skin should be ok. If you suspect skin issues from eating chocolate, eliminate it from your diet for a week to see if that’s the problem.

Other foods linked to acne breakouts include cow’s milk and a high-glycemic diet. Foods with a high glycemic index include white bread, white rice, pastries, sodas, pasta, sweets, and breakfast cereals. They are digested quickly, cause rapid spikes in blood sugar, and trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation—both of which encourage acne.

Why Veganism Is Good For Your Skin

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of steroid hormone drugs to be used in animals raised for consumption. Miami-based Dermatologist Dr. S. Majula Jegasothy says these hormones are creating an increase in hormone acne cases she treats in her clinic. The alternative? Give these vitamin packed fruits and vegetables a try to stave off blemishes:

  • Cantaloupe: This orange melon is a secret ingredient for smooth, younger-looking skin. Cantaloupe is packed with Vitamin A that supports cell reproduction. The fruit also increases antioxidants in your body – decreasing your risk of skin issues.
  • Oranges: Oranges are full of antioxidants and are rich in Vitamin C, which protects your skin against sun damage and reduces your risk of skin cancer.
  • Peaches: Peaches give your skin a rejuvenated, healthy glow. Plus, this power fruit can help in weight loss, reducing blood pressure, and absorbing free radicals with an antioxidant packed punch.
  • Blueberries: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says blueberries are your number one source for antioxidants and a great way to protect your skin from premature aging.
  • Apples: An apple a day does more than keep the doctor away. All the pectin in this crisp fruit fights acne, and don’t peel it before you snack. The apple peel contains phenols, which provide important UV-B protection.

Keeping your skin healthy by what you put into your body can be supported by how you care for your skin on the outside. Using vegan cleansing products that eliminate oil, exfoliate and moisturize without clogging pores will supplement your diet changes.

So, if you’re trying to clear up your complexion, eliminate cow’s milk completely, but consider following a vegan diet for your best skin results.