Your body has to maintain the right balance of water and sodium to function properly. And unfortunately, your beloved salty foods can upset this equilibrium, which in turn shows up on your skin. "Excess sodium causes the body to hold water," explains board-certified dermatologist Dr. Debbie Palmer. "This triggers inflammation and makes the skin on your face look puffy." Basically, skip the Pringles if you have an interview (or date) the next day.
As if I wasn't regretting last night's bar nachos enough, salt also dehydrates your skin cells. "This leads to poor skin tone and can predispose you to wrinkles," explains Swanson. So, you should also cap the Pringles can if you don't want to resemble a shar-pei in 10 years.
While gluten (a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains) is specifically problematic for those with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, Weiser explains that its pro-inflammatory properties can worsen anyone's skin rashes, irritation, redness, and itching. "Gluten can also cause dermatitis herpetiformis, an inflammatory and superficially blistering condition that primarily affects elbows, knees, buttocks, and sometimes around the mouth," says Weiser. Not the buttocks!
Pardon me while I put down my pasta fork.
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Brooke Sager is an NYC-based contributing writer for Thrillist who isn't sure what's going to be harder -- cutting back on coffee, wine, or cheese. Give her a follow on Instagram and Twitter: @HIHEELZbrooke.