This post was written by our volunteer Ruby Yang.

Similar to other organs in our body, the food we eat can positively or negatively impact our skin. In fact, food can contribute to inflammation, which may worsen skin problems including acne, psoriasis and eczema. Let’s take a look at what inflammation is and how we lower inflammation through the food we eat.

Inflammation is a natural mechanism that protects the body from foreign substances. It is a way for our body to defend itself and get rid of harmful substances, to allow the healing process to begin. However, inflammation can sometimes be triggered by mistake. This is when inflammation can become your enemy. Inflammation may be caused by substances that are not harmful to the body.

There are specific components of some foods that the body identifies as a foreign invader and may cause persistent chronic inflammation. These foods are considered pro-inflammatory. Regular consumption of these pro-inflammatory foods can accelerate the inflammation process, worsening some skin problems.

On the other hand, there are other types of foods which have anti-inflammatory effects. These foods work to prevent unwanted inflammation and can be beneficial for reducing skin problems.

Watch for my next post to learn more about the different anti-inflammatory foods that you can try.