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Why Apples Are Good for Your Skin, and a Fall Apple Recipe  
Written by Dr Jessica Wu   

Apples are high in malic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid that’s been shown to help reduce discoloration of the skin. In fact, it’s one of the ingredients (along with mandelic acid) in M2 HP Skin Refinish lotion (mamalotion.com). This lotion has helped some of my patients who have dark spots, scars, and blotchy skin but who may not be able to tolerate retinoids or prescription skin lighteners.

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FEED YOUR FACE: Why Dairy is Bad for Acne and How to Avoid It 

I loooove Schweddy Balls—the new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, that is. However, if I indulge, I also know that I’m likely to break out on my chin a few days later.

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Feed Your Face: Are Carbs Bad for Your Skin? 
Written by Dr Jessica Wu   

I’m attending an international cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery meeting in Hong Kong this week, and every night there’s a lavish banquet for the doctors. Dining together is a big part of Asian culture, but it can be a challenge to eat right, since there’s rice and noodles at practically every meal (even breakfast), which makes it hard to avoid carbs.

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FEED YOUR FACE: Good-for-Your-Skin Chocolate Mousse  

If you love chocolate, here’s good news for you: Dark chocolate is high in flavonols, which are antioxidants that have been shown to help fight sun damage. However, many foods that contain chocolate (like milk chocolate and packaged cookies) are high in sugar and dairy, which have been linked to acne breakouts. The next time you get a chocolate craving, try making this yummy sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan chocolate mousse. The recipe comes from my friend Jeanette, a private chef who recently made it for a certain famous blond beauty on the set of her new movie:

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Feed Your Face: Drink This/Not That! 
Written by Dr Jessica Wu   

High-sugar drinks can really mess up your diet, not to mention your skin. Studies show that more than a third of our daily calories come from drinks (look up the number of calories in a Frappuccino or Vitaminwater!).

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