Did you know nightshades are a group of potentially problematic fruits and veggies that can wreak havoc on your skin in terms of acne? If you don’t know what nightshades are, and whether they’re causing your skin to break out, you’ve come to the right place.
What are nightshades?
Simply put, nightshades are a family of fruits and vegetables that are scientifically known as Solanacae. This family consists of more than two thousand species of veggies and fruits, most of which are highly poisonous. While we can’t consume many of them, the ones we can, are extremely common components of our daily meals. Here’s a list of nightshades that are extremely common to our diet, in case you’re wondering.
- Peppers (bell peppers, sweet peppers, jalapenos, and chilies too!)
Are these nightshades one of the reasons behind your acne?
Nightshades contain a rich toxic compound—alkaloids—that poison the plant to guard it from insets. Sadly, these alkaloids have the very same effect on humans as well, and inflame your gut. Poor gut health often results in acne, and even wrinkles. Do note that nightshades aren’t the only causes of acne. Swelling and breakouts can also be caused by pollution, clogged pores, and more. However, if you consume large quantities of nightshades, and are experiencing skin problems, nightshades could be the cause. So, if you find that fruits and veggies like potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant are causing acne, it’s best to eliminate them from your diet for a while.
So, how do we battle the skin problems caused by nightshades?
While it may be difficult to completely exclude nightshades like potatoes (not eating potatoes means saying goodbye to delicious potato chips, and other dishes like mashed potatoes), the first step to clearer skin is to consume nightshades sparingly. After all, moderation is key.
After you’ve made your necessary dietary changes, and have begun to heal your skin with the right food, there are certain changes you could make to your skin care regimen before hitting the sack, as well. The tips that follow will help you combat skin problems like fine lines, wrinkles, and acne caused by nightshades.
1. Use a hydrating serum
After you wash your face at night, you may notice that your facial skin’s pretty dry. Drying out your skin will make it produce even more oil than it normally does, and will there by make you even more prone to acne. To avoid this, use a hydrating serum after washing your face, so that your facial skin doesn’t dry out too much.
We recommend: Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum that is loaded with argan oil that your skin will drink up in a jiffy.
2. Begin an anti-ageing skin care regimen
In your new anti-ageing skin care routine, you could start by investing in an anti-ageing moisturiser. You could also start taking more care of the area around your eyes by using an eye cream to fight crow’s feet. Besides using cosmetics to battle the signs of ageing that nightshades have caused you, you could also start eating foods that help your skin look younger. Salmon, dark chocolate, broccoli, are great for younger looking skin since they are loaded with anti-oxidants.
We recommend: The Pond’s Age Miracle Firm & Lift Eye Contour Lifter for your eyes; it cools your under-eye area and also firms the skin around your eyes while protecting it from UV rays.