Was Fasten mit Deiner Haut macht

What fasting does to your skin

Intermittent fasting, complete fasting, avoiding sugar, alcohol or other foods are all the rage. Rightly so! Fasting has positive effects on our bodies – and also on our skin. In this article we want to explain why the skin also benefits from fasting and which foods it can generally safely avoid.

The effect of fasting on the skin

In principle, fasting acts like a natural probiotic. It has an enormous effect on the intestinal flora, which in turn influences the appearance of our skin to a large extent. Longer breaks from eating have a positive effect here; acne, for example, is said to improve significantly through regular fasting sessions. The reason for this is that going without food affects the production of growth hormones, which in large quantities can lead to blemishes and pimples. In principle, fasting is a kind of cleansing treatment, as it stimulates the self-cleaning processes of the skin cells. In addition, anti-aging enzymes called sirtuins, which counteract skin aging, are boosted. Our mood also improves: short periods of fasting make us feel good as the production of the hormone serotonin is stimulated. This in turn influences the production of melatonin, a highly effective antioxidant that fights free radicals and repairs cell damage. The skin is protected from damage in the long term and remains healthy, beautiful and appears much more vital because we absorb more fluid than usual when fasting.

The skin can do without this

It doesn't have to be a radical fast. Simply avoiding certain foods is often enough to allow our skin to breathe a sigh of relief.


When we eat sugar or high-glycemic foods that quickly convert to sugar, insulin levels in our bodies rise. This, in turn, is thought to be responsible for attacking the skin's collagen and elastin and causing premature skin aging. In addition, excess sugar can lead to age spots, acne or other skin conditions. Forehead wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes can also appear, the skin becomes thinner and looks pale and grayish.

Dairy products

Too much milk or a diet rich in dairy products can lead to swollen eyelids, dark circles under the eyes, acne, paleness and blemished skin. The fact is that as we get older, our bodies have a harder time digesting lactose.

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