Eating any particular food does not cause skin diseases; however, diet plays a major role in managing medical conditions related to skin. For skin-related issues, doctors usually suggest to take medication while avoiding or limiting some food items which might trigger the skin condition to a worse level. Every individual will not necessarily be allergic to any particular food item, but those who are allergic or sensitive, might experience negative reactions on the skin within 6 to 24 hours of consumption of these foods.
Below we have listed some common food items to be avoided during specific skin diseases -
1. Eczema - Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis in which dryness, redness, itchiness, inflammation, rashes, and blister occur on the skin due to some unknown medical condition. This itchy disease often appears as patches on the neck, elbow, hands, feet, scalp, and limbs.
Foods to avoid- Cow’s milk, butter, sugary drinks, eggs, peanuts, citrus foods, soy products, canned, processed, and deep-fried foods.
2. Warts - Warts, a contagious disease, mostly appears on elbows, fingers, joints, and knees, though can grow on any part of the body. This painless condition is commonly caused by the human papillomavirus and it can spread from person to person. It can be treated with some topical medications as well as with chemical, laser, and surgical removal techniques.
Foods to avoid- Full-fat dairy products, soy products, corn, excessive caffeine, alcohol, red meat, refined foods, sugary, oily, and deep-fried processed foods.
3. Acne - Acne is one of the most common and widespread skin conditions especially found among teenagers. These can be inflammatory and non-inflammatory which are mainly caused due to blocked hair follicles and oil glands of the skin. They mostly appear on the face, shoulders, neck, upper back, and chest. There are different types of acne such as pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, nodules, pustules, cysts, etc.
Foods to avoid- Fast foods, deep-fried items, sugary, spicy, salty foods, full-fat dairy products, pickles, and carbonated drinks.
4. Psoriasis - Psoriasis is an autoimmune non-contagious disease that occurs as thick, red and itchy patches on the skin. It is typically seen on the scalp, lower back, hands, elbows, and knees. It can be treated with ointment, cream, lotion, medications, and light therapy.
Foods to avoid- Processed foods, canned foods, processed meat, beef, dairy products, brinjal, sausage, bacon, junk foods, eggs, and alcohol.
5. Hives - Hives, also known by the name of urticaria, is a temporary allergic reaction that develops as pale red bumps and itchy welts anywhere on the skin. It mostly occurs due to tight clothes, sunlight exposure, illnesses, and insect stings. It can be treated with some types of antihistamines and some combination of medications.
Foods to avoid- Soy products, milk, eggs, tomato, chocolates, processed meat, fish, fast foods, fermented foods, alcoholic and carbonated beverages.
6. Rosacea - Rosacea is an inflammatory disease that can be seen as red patches and bumps on the face, especially around the nose, cheeks, forehead, and even chin. It is controllable by making lifestyle, dietary and medicinal changes suggested by dermatologists.
Foods to avoid- Dairy products, alcohol, hot and spicy beverages, and histamine containing foods such as chocolate, nuts, citrus foods, and legumes.
7. Vitiligo - Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune cells attack the pigment-producing cells and cause white patches on the skin and may even turn the hair white.
Foods to avoid- Citrus foods, fish, meat, brinjals, tomato, pickles, curd, junk foods, carbonated drinks, and alcohol.
8. Shingles - Shingles is also known as herpes zoster and it is mainly caused by the virus varicella-zoster which also causes chickenpox. If you have been diagnosed with chickenpox you are at high risk of having shingles, as this virus remains dormant in your body even for years to become reactive later in life, causing painful red shingles.
Foods to avoid- Sugary foods, carbonated drinks, more caffeine, soy products, nuts, junk foods, spicy foods, alcohol, processed, and greasy foods.
9. Melasma - Melasma is a common pigmentary skin disorder that causes grey, brown, and dark discolored patches mainly on the face. It can be caused due to direct sun exposure and some hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy. It can be treated by using cream, lotion, or gel suggested by a dermatologist.
Foods to avoid- Soy products including milk and tofu, multigrain bread, oats, peas, dried fruit, beans, seeds, greasy foods, junk foods, carbonated, and alcoholic beverages.
10. Measles - Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the Rubeola virus. This viral infection can easily spread to other people through air with infected mucus and saliva while talking, sneezing, and coughing. This condition stays for 5-10 days and can be cured by following a healthy diet and suggested medications.
Foods to avoid- All heavy to digest foods, greasy, more spicy, sugary, or salty foods, soy products, junk foods, processed foods, heavy meats, caffeine, carbonated, alcoholic, and fizzy drinks.
11. Ringworm - Ringworm is a contagious disease of the skin and scalp which is mainly caused due to fungal infection. Ringworm, also called tinea corporis, dermatophytosis, or dermatophyte infection, may affect any part of the skin, even scalps, wrists, and nails. It can be treated by using suggested ointment or lotion.
Foods to avoid- Sugary foods, drinks, fruit juices, high content sugary fruits, mango, banana, sapota, grapes, dates, raisins, chocolates, junk foods, processed foods, deep-fried foods, meat, and fermented foods.
If you are going through any kind of skin disease, get in touch with a dermatologist without any further delay to understand the signs and sensitivity of the condition. Also, understand and avoid food items triggering your skin issues, follow a balanced diet including foods nourishing your skin and maintain proper skin hygiene. Stick to the doctor’s suggested treatment or medications and keep following up on time for better treatment outcomes.