Emblem for Skin Support Eating Apples for Skin Health Module

Executive Summary

Daily digestion of apples can improve digestive health, reduce oxidative stress and result in healthier sebum production.


Apples provide a moderate serving of fruit sugar, have a fiber content and contain unique acids which can boost your metabolism. Apples are a significant part of the human diet worldwide and are one of the main source of fruit phenolics and flavonoids [1].

Some of the most popular apple varieties include:

  • Granny smith
  • Pink lady
  • Golden delicious
  • Royal gala
  • Fuji
  • Jonagold
  • Honeycrisp

Documented Benefits

Phytochemical extracts from the apple fruit have been shown to have potent antioxidant activity [2] and the ability to inhibit cancer cell growth [3, 4].

Regular consumption of apples has been linked to:

  • Cancer prevention [5]
  • Reduced chance of cardiovascular disease [6]
  • Improved glucose tolerance and lower risk of diabetes [7, 8]
  • Decreased chance of asthma and improve lung health [9]
  • Improved gut health]

Why It’s Important for Inflammatory Skin Disease

Characteristics most important for individuals affected by inflammatory skin disorders:

  • Improved blood sugar control
  • Increased antioxidant availability
  • Improved gut health

Expected improvements:

  • Balanced sebum production
  • Improved sebum composition and stability

Ideas for Integration

Integrating apples into your diet is fairly straightforward. However, if your not used to eating this fruit, good times to eat can be in the morning, prior to lunch and prior to dinner. Having cues is a good way to build a new habit.

Additional Notes

  • Apples peels contain the highest concentration of compounds believed to be responsible for many of the benefits outlined above [10]
  • Raw apple diet has been used throughout Germany in the treatment of diarrheal conditions in children [11]