WHAT FOOD TO AVOID?
STOP EATING FOODS YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO, OR SENSITIVE TO
To start healing your skin, eliminate those foods you know, or suspect is causing you issues.
Common allergenic foods:
- Milk and dairy products
- Soybeans and soy products
- Wheat gluten
- Tree nuts
DECREASE CARBS IN YOUR DIET
For many of you, the melasma and inflammation is being triggered by your hormones.
Too many carbs in your diet can be throwing your blood sugar off and causing hormone fluctuations and imbalances.
If you’ve developed melasma while being pregnant, breastfeeding, taking birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, or the melasma appears worse at different times of your menstrual cycle – your hormones are connected to the pigmentation.
Controlling the carbohydrates in your diet can help.
Decreasing carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates, helps balance your hormones and keeps your blood sugar balanced, which in turn will keep that melasma-causing inflammation down.
For some of you, just taking out sugar and processed food will be enough to help fade the melasma.
Just remember, carbohydrates aren’t just sugar, they are also starches as well.
Here’s some examples of processed foods high in carbs:
- sugar and syrups (all forms)
- baked goods (breads, cakes, crackers, bagels, muffins, cookies, etc)
- pastas and noodles
- chips and crisps
- rice cakes and puffed grains
- soda or pop
- fruit drinks
- sweet drinks (energy drinks, sweetened teas, sweet coffee drinks, etc)
- Looking at this list above, if you’re eating a lot of these foods, or there’s one or two of them you’re eating daily – take a break from those foods. Eliminate as many processed and refined carbs as possible. It can take a few weeks to start seeing improvements in your skin, but it’s worth it.|
- And for those of you already eating super healthy and still dealing with the melasma, I recommend looking into the healthy carbs you are eating, and start decreasing them.