Fact or Fiction: Diet and the Skin

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Fact or Fiction: Diet and the Skin
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They say you are what you eat, but how much of that holds true for your skin? Most experts will say that your fears of fries and chocolate are unfounded when it comes to your skin, So, what goodies should you load up on to maintain that healthy glow?
If you have psoriasis, your diet can affect the condition.
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almost fact: Possibly, but there's no hard proof right now.
Doctors don't have proof, but because everyone is different, you could find that certain foods make your psoriasis worse.

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Antioxidants like vitamins C and E are great for the skin.
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Vitamins C and E are antioxidants, and eating your daily servings of fruits and vegetables will give you plenty.
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almost fact: Yes, antioxidants are great, but those would be vitamins B and D.

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If you want to keep your skin looking young, avoid fats as much as you can.
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almost fact: Some fats are good for your skin.
Essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 are actually great for your skin.

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Women should try to eat 30 grams of healthy fat a day to avoid dry and flaky skin.
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almost fact: You should shoot for 20 grams of fat per day.
Twenty seems to be the magic number for healthy skin if you're a woman.

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Omega essential fatty acids are beneficial because they build up the skin's natural oil barrier.
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Your skin stays healthy-looking if it has a good natural oil barrier, and omega essential fatty acids help to produce that.
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almost fact: Omegas are natural acne-fighters.

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Most people get plenty of omega essential fatty acids in their regular diet.
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Most of us are missing out on enough omega-3s -- and we can find them in fish, walnuts and fortified eggs, among other foods.
almost fact: Most people get enough omega-3s but need help with the omega-6s.

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Salmon, tuna and mackerel have the most omega-3 acids.
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Salmon's the big one (and the easiest for most people), but tuna and mackerel are also great sources of omega-3s.
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almost fact: Salmon, sardines and anchovies actually have the most.

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Foods rich in vitamin A help repair skin tissue.
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Yep, vitamin A will help repair skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
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almost fact: It's vitamin B that does this.

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Foods rich in vitamin A include soy products, beans and yogurt.
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Load up on milk, egg yolks and carrots for your vitamin A fix.
almost fact: Nope, it's red meat, oranges and leafy greens.

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It's an old wives' tale that red wine can make you blush.
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All alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate, thus making your cheeks blush, but red wine is particularly good at it.
almost fact: Red wine can make your cheeks red, but only when you're also eating red meat.

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