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Feed Your Face: Good-for-Your-Skin Pumpkin Seed Recipes 
Written by Dr Jessica Wu   

If you’re carving pumpkins for Halloween, save the seeds for a yummy, all-natural snack that’s good for your skin. Pumpkin seeds (in Spanish, pepitas) are high in zinc, copper, and magnesium, all of which are essential for making and repairing the collagen that keeps your skin strong.

Feed Your Face: Apples 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.

FEED YOUR FACE: Why Dairy is Bad for Acne  
Written by Dr Jessica Wu   

If you suffer from pimples — whether you have teenage acne or adult hormonal breakouts — pledge to stay away from dairy products. The reason? Dairy stimulates the body to produce a variety of hormones, including insulin and insulin-like growth factor, that can aggravate acne. While the research on this has been around since the 1990s, doctors for the most part are just now paying attention to it. I hope that dermatologists will eventually put this knowledge into practice to help people cut back on antibiotics and other pills. In fact, many of my patients, including those with cystic acne, have even been able to avoid taking isotretinoin (previously available as Accutane) by cutting out dairy. For more detailed info (and before-and-after photos), check out Chapter 4 of my book Feed Your Face. (LINK to Amazon page to buy the book).

In the meantime, here’s what to avoid if you're prone to breakouts:

  • Whole milk and full-fat dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and ice cream. Instead, try unsweetened soymilk or almond milk. If you can’t make that kind of commitment, then at least try nonfat organic milk and other dairy products, which contain fewer cow hormones. (Hormones are concentrated in milk fat.)
  • Instant breakfast drinks, energy bars, protein drinks, hot chocolate mix, and even luncheon meats — these often contain “hidden” dairy in the form of whey and casein, which are cow proteins.
  • Creamy sauces, spreads, butters, and condiments like mayo, ranch dressing, and dips.
  • Creamy toppings and desserts like pudding and mousse, unless they’re dairy -free.
Feed Your Face: Skin-Smoothing Homemade Guacamole Body Scrub 
Written by Dr Jessica Wu   

Here in LA, we have lots of Mexican restaurants. One of my favorite parts of the meal is the guacamole -- avocados are good for your skin because they contain fatty acids that help replenish your skin’s natural protective layer of lipids (oils).

Feed Your Face: How to Fight End-of-Summer Dry Skin 
Written by Dr Jessica Wu   

I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend! Now that summer’s officially over, it’s time to take a closer look at your skin. If you spent a lot of time outdoors over the past few months, your face, arms, and legs may be looking dull and feeling dry.

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