Food Solutions for Your Skin

By Ellen Marmur, MD Vice Chair of Cosmetic and Dermatological Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital

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Food Fix for Rosacea: Cottage Cheese and Pineapple

Rosacea is a condition that presents with red, sensitive skin that flushes easily with stress, embarrassment, changes in temperature (hot or cold), wind, exercise, sunlight, and certain food or drink triggers such as wine or spicy food. When your skin flushes, it causes a vicious cycle of inflammation that creates more redness and acne-like papules. It can even coarsen your skin and make your pores more noticeable. Try mixing one cup of full-fat cottage cheese with a quarter-cup of minced pineapple and applying it like a mask to your cheeks and nose for 10 minutes a day, twice a week for one month. Place a nice cool washcloth soaked in green tea over the mask to soothe your skin. The milk fat in the cottage cheese will moisturize and heal your skin. The pineapple will provide bromelain – richest in the tougher part of the fruit near the rind or skin – to decrease redness. When taken in homeopathic pills (such as mixed with arnica to decrease redness and bruising), the bromelain doesn’t make it past the digestive acids in the stomach so it is much better to use it on your skin! You can also drape a green-tea soaked cloth over your eyes for a relaxing 10-minute rest.  

Food Fix for Puffy Eyes: Tofu

The quickest trick is to place extra firm tofu patches, cut a half-inch thick, under each eye for 10 minutes a day for two weeks. The soy in tofu has been shown to increase collagen. Also, soy contains flavonoids that have been shown to decrease sun damage. Combined, these will smooth and heal the skin. The sheer weight of the tofu patch will help press the swelling out of the area. Bonus: Follow this by doing 40 jumping jacks to rev up your circulation and drain the puffiness away!

Article written by Ellen S. Marmur, MD, FAAD
Associate Professor of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York