Oprah’s Five Biggest Beauty Lies Revealed
Pinterest is now a hot location for picking up tips on everything from decorating to meal planning. Many beauty “secrets” make their way around the social networking website as well, such as how to whiten your teeth or how to get rid of cellulite. But beware! Some of the most commonly “known” beauty tips are actually myths. Oprah revealed five of them in her magazine, O.
Lie #1: Acne is caused by chocolate and greasy food.
Diet has long been implicated in having a role in acne, but some foods that are mentioned are just myths. Chocolate, for example, has not been found to be the culprit in breakouts, but sugar has. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that foods high on the glycemic index, such as white sugar and white flour, were associated with more acne problems than those with a low GI. Another ingredient in most chocolate that has been implicated in stimulating hormones that lead to acne is dairy.
Greasy foods may appear to bring about more skin problems because of the overall effect that high fat foods have on the body, such as causing inflammation.
Dr. Diane Berson MD, an assistant professor of dermatology, reports that foods high in iodine may exacerbate acne because it is excreted through the skin’s oil glands, so if you are having problems – hold off on the sushi and shellfish.