These Thanksgiving indulgences can cause skin flare-ups

These Thanksgiving indulgences can cause skin flare-ups

Don’t let Thanksgiving ruin your complexion! Be mindful of your consumption of these products to keep your skin happy and healthy.

The holidays are here which means it’s time for family, friends… and food! Most of us are guilty of overindulging during this time, with one study published by The New England Journal of Medicine revealing that people tend to gain just under a pound over the holiday period, which starts with Thanksgiving.

It’s not, however, just your waistline that you need to worry about, but your complexion, too! Here are the major culprits behind your holiday skin concerns to limit this season to maintain your healthy glow.


While it’s not true that simply eating a candy bar will cause spots, a diet with too much sugar can affect your skin. And during the holidays, from the marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes to the pumpkin pie, there’s loads on offer that contain high amounts of the sweet stuff!

As far as your complexion is concerned, high sugar consumption is linked with flare-ups of conditions such as acne and psoriasis. In excess, it can even lead to premature signs of aging. So, go easy this season!

Fatty food

Got lots of fried food on your Thanksgiving menu? Or a selection of different meats? A lot of meats are high in saturated fats, which can raise your cholesterol and promote inflammation in the body. And inflammation has been linked to breakouts.

It’s not just acne you need to worry about when it comes to consuming too much greasy food. The same inflammation can result in premature aging of the skin. So, don’t forget to add some healthy vegetables to your holiday plate!


You might notice that your complexion appears dull and drier after a night out – or in – where alcohol is involved. This is because it dehydrates us (which is also what causes many of the symptoms we associate with hangovers). It can also trigger flare-ups of conditions like rosacea.

This holiday season, make sure that you are keeping yourself hydrated by drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. You’ll be grateful you did come morning (and so will your skin)!

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