The One Food You Should Never Have Before Bed Because It Causes Dark Spots

May 6, 2019 by Jayla Andrulonis
shefinds | beauty

If you’re someone who suffers from pesky dark patches popping up your skin overnight, you could be dealing with a common skin issue called melasma. “Melasma is a complex condition that causes hyperpigmented patches on the skin,” Annie Chiu, a dermatologist at The Derm Institute, told Marie Claire. Though the causes behind melasma vary, most doctors agree it’s due to hormone imbalance in the body— specifically a high level of estrogen.

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A surprising way to keep estrogen levels in check is by being mindful of what foods you’re eating, since diet is a main factor of our hormonal levels. Unfortunately for carb lovers out there, multigrain bread is known to be a leading culprit of melasma because of its high estrogen levels. 


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Because it contains both wheat and flaxseed, multigrain bread packs a double-dose serving of estrogen that can trigger melasma. If you’re someone who enjoys a piece of multigrain toast before bed and finds yourself waking up with surprising dark spots, now you know why! By cutting it out of your routine, you’ll be sure to take a step in the direction of clear and even skin.


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For each diet “no”, there’s a delicious “yes” as an alternative! You can keep skin in check by instead incorporating more antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, vegetables, beans, nuts, and leafy greens into your food choices.

Looking for some backup in dealing with melasma and pesky dark patches? These three serums will do the trick:

PAULA'S CHOICE Resist Triple Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion ($29)

Burt's Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum ($10.49)

ORIGINS Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins™ Mega Bright Dark Spot Correcting Serum ($59)

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Jayla is a SheFinds editorial contributor with an enthusiasm for covering the latest news in the intersecting worlds of style, beauty, and wellness. She holds strong in her belief that leopard print is actually a neutral, and can most often be found with a coffee in hand. You can reach her at [email protected]

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