What is it?

Imagine drinking a nutrient-rich smoothie for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While this would be taking things to the extreme, some experts believe a detox is the key to radiant skin.

Does it work?

“Your skin reflects your inner environment, and following a cleansing program that includes anti- inflammatory or low-stress foods removes excess toxins and can improve the condition of your skin,” says Dr Jaimini Raniga, GP and Integrative Practitioner from the Elevate health and performance clinic in Sydney.

Although it’s best to have a medical expert guide you in the process, it’s possible to see benefits on your own. Raniga says avoiding caffeine, sugar, dairy, gluten and meat for a few weeks can offer a short-term boost to your complexion and lead to a long-term improvement in skin.

Research supports this theory to some extent (gluten intolerances have been linked to some skin issues, and several studies have shown a correlation between dairy consumption and acne).

However, dermatologist Dr Stephen Shumack says there are no studies showing that a temporary cleanse—no matter what types of food are restricted—can reduce cellular inflammation or provide lasting benefits.


A cleanse won’t turn back the clock, but eating less sugar and fewer starchy carbohydrates could be beneficial in the long run.