My book review for this post is a little different than my previous ones. I decided to read Dr. Jessica Wu’s book, Feed Your Face in an effort to learn a little more about how the foods I consume impact my skin. As you know, with the wedding coming up I want my skin to be glowing and flawless and while I’m always trying out different products, I wanted to explore a more natural approach to my skin.
To be honest, I feel like my skin and I have been at war for years. I’ve struggled with acne, dull skin, really sensitive skin (there was a time when I would break out into hives within seconds until I figured out what the triggers were) and the list goes on. It’s by far what I feel most self-conscious about and I’ve literally tried every.single.product. out there on the market with varying results. Typically if a product does work, it’s only short-term.
So basically I thought, what do I have to lose?
I’ve watched several documentaries recently on food and it’s direct impact on our health (if you have not seen Food, Inc. or Food Matters, I’d highly recommend them) and I knew that my skin’s reaction to food would be no different. I liked Dr. Wu’s book a lot because she really dives into the science behind how food can impact your skin. Are there certain foods that can trigger breakouts? Or that can give me glowing skin? According to Dr. Wu, the answer is ‘yes.’
Feed Your Face also comes with a 28-day diet to “transform” your skin. Please know that I did not follow the diet portion of this book. I was looking for more so information and tips I can carry with me in the future as opposed to a “miracle diet.”
We all know there are foods out there that are supposed to be especially good for us (think salmon, spinach, almonds, etc.) and these are definitely mentioned in the book. But I loved that Dr. Wu breaks down a number of skin conditions (everything from acne, to dandruff, to rosacea to wrinkles) and which foods can trigger these symptoms and which foods can help contain them.
These past couple of months I have been struggling with a bit of eczema on my hands (I learn in the book that eczema in the hands can often be a result of stress) and that one of the triggering foods can be eggs. Just recently I noticed that the eczema was getting worse and realized that a few times a week I’d been eating hard-boiled eggs for breakfast. Here I was thinking I was consuming a healthy, protein-packed breakfast (which in some ways, I was), but was also making my condition worse! These are the types of things you learn in the book. I will say that I haven’t been practicing Dr. Wu’s tips long enough to see a real change in my skin getting better, but I’ve obviously learned that food can be a true trigger to the symptoms I already have.
If you’re like me and you struggle with ongoing skin problems (or even if you don’t!) I would definitely recommend this book because I think everyone could learn something from it.
Have you found and any foods that lead to (or prevent) breakouts?
Disclaimer – Clearly, I am not a doctor or nutrition specialist so please take that into consideration when reading this book. I am not responsible for any adverse effects of the Feed Your Face diet or book. And for the record, this book review was done on my own accord and not sponsored by Dr. Wu or anyone else.