Removing dairy and eating more fruits and vegetables can improve your skin. The worst food culprit when it comes to skin issues — acne in particular — is dairy, according to the studies.
Do Vegans look younger? Studies say YES!
“Studies have shown that removing dairy from patients’ diets improves their acne,” Sarkar said. “This relationship is especially strong with dairy and lower fat milks. In my experience, I’ve found that if patients go off dairy for a month, a significant number of them with mild to moderate acne see improvement.”
Beyond just helping with stubborn pimples, going vegan can also improve your complexion, said Sarkar. Because a Vegan diet typically requires that you eat vegetables and fruits rather than dairy, meat, and (most) processed snacks, the natural antioxidants can impact the way your skin, she said.
I do find that patients who follow a primarily plant-based diet report brighter complexions and less bloating of the face,” she said. Bhanusali agreed, noting that several of his patients have also self-reported brighter skin and better texture after making the switch to veganism.
It does show up on your skin!
Both Bhanusali and Sarkar also note that usually, many of those who choose to go vegan end up living healthier lifestyles because of it — which inevitably shows up on their skin.
“In some cases I find that when patients decide to go vegan, they are actually doing an overhaul of their wellbeing practices,” she said. “In those cases I definitely see a difference. More exercise, better skin hygiene, and better diet all goes towards healthier, more glowing skin.” Bhanusali stated that over time, a healthy plant-based diet will positively impact your skin. “The better you eat, the stronger and better your body looks overall,” he said. So there are some risks involved when it comes to going vegan, but those can be resolved by making sure that you’re getting all of the nutrients you need. But if you’re still unsure about giving up burgers forever, you can make changes to your diet to improve your skin.
“Cut out the skim milk and processed foods,” Bhanusali said. Sarkar said to also make sure that any dairy and meat you eat is hormone-free, so it doesn’t irritate your skin.
It’s not just about what you eat
Veganism is not solely associated to the way you eat; it’s an entire philosophy that reveals new layers each day. Eating vegan will make you happier not only because you will energize your body through the food you eat, but also because you will be contributing towards making this world a better place to live in. Behind all that wisdom, you will find the practical fact that being happier inevitably makes you look younger.
Vegans are not associated with kindness and compassion by chance; it’s because they are being the change they want to see! Not to generalize or anything, but Jared Leto would like you much better if he saw you eating a vegan meal in a restaurant. Enough said, right? Ultimately, changing your diet is a very personal decision and it shouldn’t be made just because of your skin, Bhanusali said. There’s still more work to be done in terms of research on this topic as well, he noted.