Fad Diets: The Negative Effects On Your Skin

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Whether it’s to slim down for a special occasion like a wedding, or you want to drop a dress size before a holiday, fad diets are where most of us reach. Although it might feel great to finally slip into that dress you’ve been putting off throwing out, what are these diets really doing to your overall health? Your skin is the biggest mirror to show you what’s really going on in your body! Here are some skin symptoms which are your body’s way of telling you to stop with the juices

Skin Effects From Fad Diets To Look Out For


If you find you’re suddenly having acne flare ups this could be due to your diet. Rapid weight loss can cause hormonal imbalance, which can be an acne trigger. If your diet doesn’t contain enough fat then Vitamin A, which is essential for skin health, cannot be absorbed.


Another sign of malnutrition is discoloured spots on the skin. Similar to acne, hyperpigmentation can be manifested due to hormonal imbalance being triggered.

 Orange-tinged Skin

This may sound like an unusual one but the wrong diet can turn your skin a shade of orange! This happens because a lot of fad diets encourage you to eat vegetables, such as carrots, which are carotenoid rich. An excessive build up of carotenoids in the skin are what causes the orange tint.

Scaly Skin

Scaly patches of dry skin can appear if you aren’t getting the nutrients and fats which your body needs. Even more seriously, dry skin patches can also be a sign that constant crash dieting has ruined your thyroid function!

Stretch Marks

Rapid weight loss can cause tears in the deeper layers of the skin, these show on your body as stretch marks. When your diet isn’t providing your body with everything it needs, connective tissues can break down, making the skin look dry and very thin.


If your body is lacking in the nutrients it needs it can cause seborrheic dermatitis. This chronic skin condition shows as reddened areas of skin with dry skin flakes. The main vitamin deficiency which can lead to this is the lack of Vitamin B-6 from your diet.

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