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The best foods for clear skin - washingtonpost.com, 9/18/13 -
"Stay away from anything that comes in a box ...
both because of the added sugars and because of other additives ... gobble
up produce of all colors, plus nuts and seeds, to get minerals, fiber and
vitamins A, C and E ... Foods that keep your blood sugar low are also good
for the skin ... avoid sugar ... omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in
wild salmon, help support healthy cell membranes ... Another smart move is
the addition into the diet of probiotics, which can be found in yogurt and
kefir as well as nutritional supplements. (She prefers supplements over
yogurt because they contain much higher amounts of probiotics.)" -
Garden of Life Primal Defense HSO Probiotic Formula at iHerb.
5 Foods for Healthy Skin - ABC News, 9/12/13 -
"Strawberries ... Olive oil ... Green tea ... Pumpkin ... Pomegranate"
Sleep deprivation linked to aging skin, study suggests - Science Daily,
7/23/13 - "Our study is the first to conclusively
demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and
accelerates skin aging. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin
aging and a decrease in their skin's ability to recover after sun exposure
... The study involved 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and
49, with half of participants falling into the poor quality sleep category
... Using the SCINEXA skin aging scoring system, poor quality sleepers
showed increased signs of intrinsic skin aging including fine lines, uneven
pigmentation and slackening of skin and reduced elasticity. In this system,
a higher score means a more aged appearance. The average score in the good
quality sleepers was 2.2 versus 4.4 in poor quality sleepers"
Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and
Skin Health - Medscape, 6/7/13 - "Results from
cell culture and animal studies showing that lutein and zeaxanthin exhibit
positive skin health benefits have considerable merit and suggest an avenue
by which these carotenoids may function. The results from one human study
demonstrate that orally administered lutein and zeaxanthin can inhibit lipid
peroxidation on the surface of the skin and help bolster the skin's
photoprotective activity, potentially protecting the skin from exposure to
light, particularly UV light. Since the typical diet of people in the United
States is about 2 mg of lutein per day, due to the ingestion of foods such
as green leafy vegetables that contain the highest levels of diet-derived
lutein and zeaxanthin, it may be considered advisable to increase the
daily intake of lutein and zeaxanthin for optimal skin health and
photoprotection" - See Jarrow Formulas, CarotenALL, Mixed Carotenoid Complex, 60 Softgels
9 Best Foods for Your Skin - US News and World Report, 5/16/12 -
"Tomatoes ... Mangoes, papaya, and apricots ...
Cocoa powder ... Flaxseeds ... Sweet potatoes ... Mussels ... Spinach ...
Canned tuna ... Safflower Oil" - Note: I'm not buying the
chocolate or safflower oil suggestions.
Do Fruits and Veggies Make You More Attractive? - WebMD, 3/7/12 -
"changes in the redness and yellowness of skin in
white people may be linked to the number of servings of fruit and vegetables
they eat on a daily basis. These antioxidant-rich foods, which are loaded
with plant-based pigments, seem to affect skin tone ... They suggest it's
the carotenoids -- the red, yellow, and orange pigments in fruits and
vegetables -- that play an important role in skin tone. Foods such as
carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and apricots are rich in beta-carotene, as
are some dark green vegetables, including spinach and kale ... Another
carotenoid is lycopene, which is found in tomatoes and pink grapefruits"
- See Jarrow Formulas, CarotenALL, Mixed Carotenoid Complex, 60 Softgels
and Garden of Life, Radical Fruits Antioxidant Complex, 60 Caplets at iHerb.
Which Foods Can Help Your Skin Look Better - CBS Chicago, 7/14/11 -
"Experts say that what you eat has a big effect on
how you look ... people who switched to a hypoglycemic – or low sugar – diet
for three months reduced their pimples by 20 percent ... So what should we
eat to prevent or even get rid of wrinkles? ... What you want to do is build
up the collagen and there’s certain collagen builders, such as Vitamin C and
Vitamin E ... To avoid dry, flaky skin or eczema, increase your omega 3s ...
There’s less scientific proof about cellulite, but many nutritionists also
feel you can reduce the appearance of those unsightly bulges by eating dark
red and purple foods, which help rid the body of toxins – things like
cranberry juice, blueberries, cherries and radicchio lettuce ... If you’re
looking for a cure-all for nearly any skin problem, it’s extra virgin olive
oil. It helps reduce inflammation, and can help everything from psoriasis to
eczema to acne .. dairy, even skim-milk, seems to make nearly every skin
vegetables gives skin a more healthy glow than the sun, study shows -
Science Daily, 1/11/11 - "people who eat more portions of fruit and vegetables
per day have a more golden skin colour, thanks to substances called carotenoids.
Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by
the stresses and strains of everyday living, especially when the body is
combating disease. Responsible for the red colouring in fruit and vegetables
such as carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are important for our immune and
reproductive systems ... given the choice between skin colour caused by suntan
and skin colour caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin
colour" - See
Jarrow Formulas, CarotenALL, Mixed Carotenoid Complex, 60 Softgels.
Pomegranate compounds show skin health potential - Nutra USA, 8/10/10 -
acid may prevent the degradation of collagen in human skin cells, which would
maintain skin structure and slow the formation of wrinkles ... Topical or
dietary interventions with berries and pomegranate rich in ellagic acid and
ellagitannins are promising strategies in curtailing skin wrinkling and
cutaneous inflammation associated with chronic UV exposure leading to
photoageing" - [Abstract]
pomegranate juice Extracts at iHerb.
Dietary compound ellagic
acid alleviates skin wrinkle and inflammation induced by UV-B irradiation -
Exp Dermatol. 2010 Aug;19(8):e182-90 - "Ellagic acid, a polyphenol compound
present in berries and pomegranate, has received attention as an agent that may
have potential bioactivities preventing chronic diseases ... These results
demonstrate that ellagic acid prevented collagen destruction and inflammatory
responses caused by UV-B. Therefore, dietary and pharmacological interventions
with berries rich in ellagic acid may be promising treatment strategies
interrupting skin wrinkle and inflammation associated with chronic UV exposure
leading to photoageing" - See
pomegranate juice Extracts at iHerb.
of omega-6 fatty acid linked to severe dermatitis - Science Daily,
4/14/10 - "Without arachidonic acid, the mice
developed severe ulcerative dermatitis. The animals were very itchy, they
scratched themselves continuously, and they developed a lot of bleeding
sores" - Note: I doubt if that's a problem in America where
they get way to much omega-6 already.
Role Of Vitamin C In Skin Protection; Relevance To The Cosmetics Industry
- Science Daily, 9/8/09 - "a form of Vitamin C
helped to promote wound healing and also helped protect the DNA damage of
skin cells ... Previously, the group has published evidence that DNA repair
is upregulated in people consuming vitamin C supplements ... The results
demonstrated that vitamin C may improve wound healing by stimulating
quiescent fibroblasts to divide and by promoting their migration into the
wounded area. Vitamin C could also protect the skin by increasing the
capacity of fibroblasts to repair potentially mutagenic DNA lesions ... Free
radicals are associated with premature skin aging, and antioxidants, such as
vitamin C, are known to counter these highly damaging compounds. This new
evidence suggest that, in addition to ‘mopping up’ free radicals, vitamin C
can help remove the DNA damage they form, if they get past the cell’s
skin from the beauty aisle - MSNBC, 1/18/09 - Has a doctor's evaluation
of various skin aging solutions.
LycoRed files patent for skin health science - Nutra USA, 11/7/08 -
"According to LycoRed, subjects were supplemented by
either Lyc-O-Mato capsules (10mg lycopene per day), or a placebo, for ten
weeks. Following exposure to UV radiation at the end of the study, it was
found that subjects in the tomato extract group had a sunburn cell count six
times lower than in the placebo group. There was also evidence of reduced
depletion of Langerhans cells, said the company" - See
Jarrow Lyco-Sorb (contains Lyco-O-Mato) at iHerb.
Vitamin D may protect skin from within: Study - Nutra USA, 10/8/08 -
"Atopic dermatitis (AD) ... All of the participants
were given daily vitamin D supplements of 4000 IUs for 21 days ... After
supplementation, the skin of people with AD showed statistically significant
increases in cathelicidin from 3.53 to 23.91 relative copy units (RCU).
Moreover, normal skin showed a “modest increase”, said the researchers, from
1.0 to 1.78 RCU" - See
vitamin D products at iHerb.
Flax and borage oil may boost skin health from within - 10/3/08 -
"the researchers noted a significant decrease in
reddening of the skin in the flaxseed and
borage oil groups of 45 and 35 per
cent, respectively, compared to baseline values. No differences were recorded in
the placebo group ... blood flow to the in skin also decreased in the oil groups
... Measurements of water loss from the skin showed that the oil supplements
were associated with decreases of about 10 per cent after six weeks, with
only the flaxseed oil group showing further decreases at the end of 12 weeks
(25 per cent) ... The roughness and scaling – dry peeling skin – was also
decreased significantly after 12 weeks of flaxseed and borage oil
supplementation, with no differences in the placebo group" - [Abstract]
To Eat For Glowing Healthy Skin - Science Daily, 11/14/07 -
"the antioxidants in vitamins C and E can protect
the skin from sun damage and help reduce damage in skin cells caused by
harmful free radicals, which contribute to aging skin. Similarly, we have
long known that the B vitamin biotin is responsible for forming the basis of
skin, hair and nail cells, and vitamin A – found in many fruits and
vegetables – maintains and repairs skin tissue"
The Cover: Scientifically Advanced Skin Care - Life Extension Magazine,
Right To Keep Healthy Skin - CBS 2 Chicago, 4/30/05 -
"Clinical studies have found that
eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and omega-3
fatty acids can help skin retain its healthy glow and look youthful ...
foods for healthy skin include those rich in lycopene. That's a pigment that
gives many fruits and vegetables their red color. It's a proven antioxidant,
and antioxidants are important because they reduce the risk of several types
of cancer and they prevent the formation of harmful byproducts of metabolism
called free radicals"
Away Aged Skin - Life Extension Magazine, 6/04
- What do you recommend for thin, dry skin and hair and brittle nails? - Dr. Weil, 10/21/03
Your Skin While You Sleep - Life Extension Magazine cover story, 8/03
Green Tea Gives Skin Healthy Glow - HealthDay, 5/15/03 -
"Green tea contains compounds called polyphenols, which help eliminate free radicals. These
free radicals can cause cancer by altering DNA. Polyphenols also protect healthy cells while promoting the death of cancer cells ... Cells that migrate toward the surface of the skin normally live about 28 days, and by day 20 they basically sit on the upper layer of the skin getting ready to die. But EGCG reactivates them ... EGCG may offer potential benefits for skin conditions including psoriasis,
rosacea, wrinkles and wounds" - See
iHerb green tea extracts. My favorite is
Jarrow green tea at iHerb.
- GLA: The Right Remedy for Eczema? - Dr. Weil, 11/21/02 -
"It has specific nourishing effects on skin, hair, and nails that are not
duplicated by omega–3 fatty acids ... It is true that a high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the diet promotes inflammation by favoring synthesis of pro-inflammatory hormones (prostaglandins). But the
amount of GLA needed to treat eczema and other skin conditions (500 milligrams twice a day) is too small to affect that ratio significantly" - See
- Increased Blood Antioxidants And Selenium Levels May Augur A Promising Therapy For Patients With Vitiligo - Doctor's Guide, 11/8/02
- Link Found Between Vitamin E Intake and Immunoglobulin E In Treatment Of Atopic Dermatitis - Doctor's Guide, 5/31/02 -
vitamin E (VE) could be an excellent tool in treating
- Nutrition for the Skin - What You Should Know Before Undergoing a Surgical Procedure - Wellness Insider, 5/23/02 -
"free radicals can accelerate the
aging process of the skin, resulting in wrinkles and sunspots, not to mention an increased risk of skin cancer ... These antioxidants are important in protecting you from disease and can help shield you from skin cancer, maintain youthful, healthy skin,
and even help to promote and expedite the healing process after a surgical procedure"
- Few Vitamins Effectively Prevent or Reverse Skin Damage - Medscape, 3/02 -
"Despite advertising claims, almost all available topical formulations contain very low concentrations of antioxidants that are
not well absorbed by the skin ... There are 3 antioxidants that have been proven to decrease the effect of the sun on the skin and actually prevent further damage: selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C ... Recent animal studies
have found that when selenium is taken orally or through the skin in the form of L-selenomethionine, it provided protection against both everyday and excessive UV damage ... New laboratory studies suggest vitamin E helps inactivate free radicals, making them less likely to cause damage ... Even minimal UV exposure
can decrease the vitamin C levels in the skin by 30%, while exposure from the ozone of city pollution can decrease the level by 55%"
- Topical Vitamin C May Have Beneficial Effect On Photaged Skin - Doctor's Guide, 4/13/01 -
"vitamin C levels of the skin can be severely
depleted following UV irradiation ... By comparison with placebo controls, there was a highly significant increase in the skin microrelief density and a decrease of the deep furrows on the side of the neck treated with Vitamin C cream"
- Antiaging Products for Skin, Hair and Nails - Nutrition Science News, 10/00
- Green tea may help prevent skin cancer - CNN, 8/15/00
- Nourishing your skin: Choose the right vitamin - CNN, 6/16/00
- Proanthocyanidin Power - Nutrition Science News, 6/00
Aging Update - Life Extension Magazine, 1/00
- More Than Skin Deep - Nutrition Science News, 11/99
- Nourishing your skin from within - CNN, 6/30/99
WHO: Tanning Beds Cause Cancer - WebMD, 7/28/09
Human Skin Crawling With Bacteria - WebMD, 5/28/09
Drinking Lots of Water Is Good for Your Skin - NYTimes.com, 10/27/08
Ingredients In Drug-like Anti-aging Products Improve Skin - Science
Daily, 12/28/07 - "skin surface irregularity can be
improved through the topical application of niacin, while the appearance of
fine lines can be diminished through the application of moisturizers
containing engineered peptides and over-the-counter retinoids. Skin
pigmentation can become more regular with the use of photoprotective
ingredients. Furthermore, combining cosmeceutical ingredients in a
moisturizing agent can magnify benefits and improve skin appearance"
Antiaging Skin Care: Reversing Skin Aging By Gene Blockade In Mice -
Science Daily, 11/29/07
11 Causes of Dry Skin Problems - WebMD, 11/29/07
Retinol May Smooth Aging Skin - WebMD, 5/22/07
A Helps Reduce Wrinkles Associated With Natural Skin Aging - Science Daily,
5/21/07 - "Applying vitamin A to the
skin appears to improve the wrinkles associated with natural aging and may help
to promote the production of skin-building compounds ... Researchers applied a
lotion containing 0.4 percent retinol"
- Is Zapping Hair Safe? - Dr. Weil, 5/28/03
- Oral Terbinafine With Topical Ciclopirox Clears Toenail Onychomycosis Faster - Doctor's Guide, 3/26/03
- Tacrolimus 0.1% Ointment Safe and Effective Long-Term for Atopic Dermatitis in Children and Adults - Doctor's Guide, 3/24/03
- Bexarotene Gel May Be New Option for Hand Dermatitis - Doctor's Guide, 3/24/03
- Dangerous Pigmentation Recognized By Computerized-Image Analysis - Doctor's Guide, 3/14/03
- New Skin Cream [Avage] Reverses Sun Damage - WebMD, 11/22/02 -
"At the 24-week point, researchers found significantly more patients who used the
tazarotene cream experienced a more than 50% overall improvement in skin appearance compared to those who received the placebo. The Avage users also reported less
wrinkling, mottled pigmentation, and skin roughness"
- FDA Approves First One-Day, Oral Antiviral Treatment of Cold Sores - Doctor's Guide, 9/10/02
- Pimecrolimus Cream Helps Control Atopic Dermatitis in Adults - Doctor's Guide, 7/3/02
- Atopic Dermatitis Symptoms Improve with Clobetasol Propionate 0.5 Percent - Doctor's Guide, 7/3/02
- Rubefacients Protect Skin Against Moderate Cold - Doctor's Guide, 7/1/02
- The Right Way to Apply Sunscreen - WebMD, 6/20/02 -
"The sun protection factor, or SPF, that a sunscreen delivers is determined by testing skin that's been
generously slathered with a thick coat of sunscreen. But studies have shown that most people apply only 25% to 75% of this amount"
- Many Children At Risk Of Skin Cancer - Doctor's Guide, 6/3/02
- Navigating the maze of sunscreens - CNN, 5/28/02
- Stress Hormone Behind Bad Skin - WebMD, 5/17/02 -
"In response to stress, the brain signals production of several hormones. One of them is stress hormone, which makes the oil
glands in the skin go into overdrive. Triggering of the stress system can also lead to hair loss, skin aging, and other skin problems" - I believe they are talking about cortisol.
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is believed to reduce cortisol.
- Reducing The Risk Of Occupational Hand Dermatitis - Doctor's Guide, 4/15/02
- Smokers Look Older -- Butt Why? - WebMD, 3/22/02 -
"Bottom line: Smokers get a double whammy -- once from the sun and again from tobacco, since both
trigger this skin-destructive MMP-1 action"
- Low-Dose Topical 5-Fluorouracil As Effective, Better Tolerated Than Standard 5% Cream - Doctor's Guide, 2/26/02
- Study Links Tanning Beds to Skin Cancer - WebMD, 2/5/02 -
"those who had ever used a tanning bed were 2.5 times more likely to have squamous cell cancer and 1.5 times more likely to have basal cell cancer ... those that started using tanning beds at an earlier age tended to be more likely to end up with skin cancer"
- Solaraze (Diclofenac Sodium) Gel, For Treatment Of Actinic Keratosis, To Be Available In US In January 2002 - Doctor's Guide, 12/10/01
- Lower Dose Tretinoin Cream As Effective, Less Irritating Than Higher Doses In For Photodamaged Skin - Doctor's Guide, 8/2/01
- Abreva (Docosanol 10%) Speeds Healing of Cold Sores - Doctor's Guide, 7/25/01
- Cancer Risk From Tanning Beds Similar to Direct Sunlight - WebMD, 6/6/01 - "ultraviolet exposure from tanning beds is just as dangerous as direct exposure to the sun"
- Gatifloxacin Proves Of Value For Treating Dermatological Infections - Doctor's Guide, 7/4/01
- Tanning Salon Exposure Can Lead to Skin Cancer - Doctor's Guide, 5/29/01
- FDA Approves Avelox (Moxifloxacin HCl) for Treatment of Uncomplicated Skin Infections - Doctor's Guide, 4/30/01
- Research On Why Smokers Look Older - Intelihealth, 3/23/01 -
"smoking switches on a gene involved in destroying collagen, the structural protein that gives skin its elasticity
... Smoking has also been found to trigger oxygen damage to the cells and to mess up the blood flow to the skin"
- 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology - Medscape, 3/7/01
- New Photorejuvenation Treatments Effective For Aging Skin - Doctor's Guide, 3/6/01
- Hygiene of the Skin: When Is Clean Too Clean? - Medscape, 3/01
- Herpes Virus Shows Early Promise for Advanced Skin Cancer - WebMD, 2/15/01
- Zindaclin (ResiDerm A) Gel As Effective As Dalacin T (Clindamyacin) Topical Lotion For Skin Disorders - Doctor's Guide, 12/20/00
- Infrared Technology: A New Answer to 'Tattoo Regret' - WebMD, 10/20/00
- FDA Approves New Indication For Levaquin (Levofloxacin) For Skin Infections - Doctor's Guide, 9/15/00
- FDA Approves New Formulation Of Renova (Tretinoin Cream) For Reduction Of Fine Facial Wrinkles - Doctor's Guide, 9/6/00
- New Laser Promises Clearer Skin With Less Pain - WebMD, 8/24/00
- For Acne Scars, Laser Resurfacing Is Popular, Effective - WebMD, 5/16/00
- More Sun Equals More Skin Cancer -- Even for Blacks - WebMD, 4/14/00
- FDA Approves Levulan Kerastick For Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions - Doctor's Guide, 12/7/99
- The ABCs of SPFs: What's new under the sun - CNN, 8/13/99
- Vernix Replicates Human Skin’s Natural Protective Properties - Doctor's Guide, 12/23/98
- Tanning Beds: Hotbed Of Controversy - Doctor's Guide, 10/30/97
- Tiny Skin Flaws Contain Genetic Mutations Linked To Cancer - Doctor's Guide, 6/11/97
- Prescription Skin Protector Helps Prevent Environmental Aging - Doctor's Guide, 3/27/97
- Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Skin Protectant Now Available - Doctor's Guide, 3/20/97
- Spring and Summer Skin Irritations - How to Fight the Fungus Among Us - Doctor's Guide, 5/29/96