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Eating Your Way to Healthier Skin

Eating Your Way to Healthier Skin

The three layers of skin that cover your body do more than keep out foreign threats, viruses, and bacteria. Your skin helps you sweat, grow hair, regulate temperature, and interact with the world through touch. 

Maintaining healthy skin, not surprisingly, is a big part of maintaining overall health. Making good dietary choices is one way to do that. At their three New York City locations, Dr. Javier Zelaya and the medical staff at Skinworks Dermatology can help.

Below, Dr. Zelaya discusses what healthy skin needs and the kinds of food that can provide it.

Basics of healthy skin

Skin can be oily, dry, a combination of the two, or clear. Regardless of the type you have, there are certain things your skin needs, such as:

Nutrients that benefit skin

The food you eat affects your entire body, and these nutrients are good for skin:


These substances provide your body with amino acids to create collagen, keratin, and other proteins vital to the structure of the skin. Amino acids also help you shed old skin.


Your skin needs a variety of vitamins for good health, including vitamin A (an antioxidant), vitamin C (helps collagen keep its shape), and vitamin E (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory).


Zinc and selenium are great for the skin. The former helps your skin heal after an injury, and the latter is another antioxidant that can help protect against UV rays.

Healthy fats

Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad for you; having too few can leave your skin dry and wrinkled. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help improve your skin’s moisture, firmness, and flexibility, and omega-3 is a fatty acid your body needs to build cell walls.

Foods to improve skin health

Include these foods in your diet to improve skin health:

If you’re concerned about the health of your skin, schedule a visit with Dr. Zelaya and Skinworks Dermatology today. Call the office in Maspeth, Chelsea, or Park Slope, or request your appointment online.

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