This is your body. This is your body on Thanksgiving food.

Thanksgiving calories don’t count, do they?

While that may or may not be true (we swear, they don’t!), the effects of large, salty, sweet, heavy and fried foods soaking in your body have a an immediate, if not lasting effect hours later.

“Poor dietary choices can reveal themselves on the skin days after,” Dr. Michelle Henry, a dermatologist based out of NYC, tells us. “This can include swelling of the under eyes, inflammation, breakouts and acne.”

“If you have acne, your diet could be to blame,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman, a dermatologist based out of New York City. “There are a couple ways we can take a look at this when it comes to determining what is the worst food for you – one is obviously too much of something and second is if you have a food allergy (gluten, diary, etc.) which can lead to problems that manifest onto your skin.”

Though you’re not going to lay off that extra slice of pumpkin pie (I mean, why??), or go easy on the turkey drizzled in extra gravy, it’s good to know what effects an entire meal will have. Here, we’ve listed the most popular dishes below, how they do or don’t eff up you skin, and what you can do about it.

Your Thanksgiving meal. Here’s what your favorite foods do to you:

Turkey with gravy, Ham 

What it does: Puffy eyes and inflammation. “Salty Thanksgiving favorites like ham and many condiments can increase your sodium intake significantly,” says Dr. Henry. “Excess salt can cause water retention, which results in swelling.  This can cause puffy eyelids days after a salty meal.”

What you can do:  “Too much salt can cause water retention, which can lead to swelling, and because the skin around the eyes is so thin, it is where it appears first,” says Dr. Jeremy Brauer, a dermatologist in NYC.

“Rinse your face with cool water and with a cleanser like Cetaphil Men Daily Face Wash Wash which is a lipid-free and soap-free. One side of the molecule bind to the oils, and the other water so it is able to remove surface impurities without stripping oils. Gentle massage the eye area with cool fingers to increase circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage around the eye area! Ta da!”


What it does: Can help defend sun damage. Depending on how you eat your corn (with or without butter or cream) the vegetable does wonders to you. “Corn has two antioxidants—lutein and zeaxanthin,” says Dr. Engelman. “They help to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays.”

What you can do:  Eat more corn (that is, if you eat it without anything on it, but who does that?)

Mashed potatoes; Bread

What it does: Acne, blemishes, breakouts. These Thanksgiving sides and ingredients are also high on the glycemic index, that is, any foods over 70. Any foods that are this high are said to cause acne, breakouts, and blemishes.

What you can do: Dr. Henry listed her favorite products to counteract acne-prone skin.

  • For congested skin: Look for something with charcoal like Freeman Beauty’s Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask (Ulta, $4).
  • For oily skin (or dull skin that looks like there is a film of oil on it): Look no further than apple cider vinegar. It balances your skin – While removing oil from your skin, apple cider vinegar also helps to balance pH and keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry by balancing the production of sebum. Freeman Beauty 4-in-1 Apple Cider Vinegar Foaming Clay Mask (Ulta, $4)- (Plus, you can take a shot of it to boost your immunity and aid digestion).
  • For inbetween: Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes (Walgreens, $6) are perfect for gently lifting dirt, oil, and impurities from your pores.  They contain witch hazel and soothing aloe to rejuvenate and nourish all skin types. It is a great natural botanical that is also a potent acne fighter–It treats without over drying sensitive skin.


What it does: Vasodilatation (dilated blood vessels); dull skin. If you’re old enough to drink, alcohol can definitely dehydrate you.

What you can do: “If you’re joining in for the champagne toast, remember to limit yourself to one glass and keep yourself hydrated,” says Dr. Brauer. “Alcohol can also cause vasodilatation, which aggravates rosacea, and make your skin look dull. If skin is still dull the next day, it is nothing a mask can’t fix like this Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask ($9 at Memebox) that contains charcoal, green tea, and glycerin.”



What it does: Dehydrates skin. “Drinks like caffeine and soda (which contain caffeine) are diuretics which means they can dehydrate your skin,” says Dr. Brauer.

What you can do: Using a moisturizer around the clock works wonders. Dr. Brauer suggests this one from Cetaphil. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer($15.99 at


What it does: Causes acne, wrinkles, rashes. “Research shows dairy is highly inflammatory, which means it will aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes,” says Dr. Engelman.

What you can do: Opt for an alternative like Almond milk. For ice creams, go for one that’s coconut or soy based.

Cakes; Pies; Ice cream

What it does: Causes breakouts, saggy face, wrinkles, dull skin. Sugar not only triggers inflammation and breakouts, but it call also do more damage than imagined, says Dr. Engelman. “Eating too much of sugar can cause something called glycation,” she says. “It causes protein fibers to become stiff and malformed. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak and less supple.”

What you can do: Though it’s almost impossible, practice moderation when eating pies and cakes, she says.

Foods to have around more:

Berries: “Blueberries, cranberries and raspberries are great for the skin because they are packed with antioxidants, which help protect against free radical damage caused from sun and other environmental assaults,” says Dr. Engelman.

Kale salad: “Kale is one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light—including the wavelengths that actually get through sunscreen and reach your skin, according to research in Clinics in Dermatology,” she says. “Plus, just one cup gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value for skin-firming vitamin C and A, respectively.”

Greek yogurt: “Greek yogurt gives you a probiotic boost. Oral probiotics, like Ultimate Flora, normalize gut and skin flora in order to allow for optimal GI and skin function.”

Fish: “Diet for healthy, radiant skin should contain foods rich in omega-3 as well as antioxidants,” she explains. “Fatty fish is particularly rich in the type of omega-3 called DHA, an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation can lead to acne, rosacea, and accelerated signs of aging. Packing your diet with omega-3s (from fish like salmon and sardines) can help keep your skin clear. Walnuts are also a great source of omega-3s.”

Green tea: “In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2011, people who drank a beverage containing green tea polyphenols daily for 12 weeks had skin that was more elastic and smooth, and had one-quarter less sun damage when exposed to UV light compared to a control group,” she explains. “The brew’s catechins like EGCG (antioxidants) boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin, which delivers key nutrients to keep your complexion healthy.”

Head’s up, your balls smell

(Art by David Yi)

(Art by David Yi)

Fall, winter, spring or summer. It doesn’t matter the season. Chances are, your balls probably smell.

There’s truly nothing to be embarrassed about. And if you’ve caught yourself wondering what that smell was coming from your calls, it’s totally natural. Call it a guy’s own “ew de toilette,” or one’s own musk. Whatever it is, it’s junk funk that’s synonymous to every locker room. For those who aren’t quite familiar with the smell, it can be described as thick, putrid, sour, clouded in a heavy, pungent musk with notes of salty taint.

Perhaps it’s been encountered while sitting behind a dude furiously pumping iron at the gym. Maybe from a whiff that’s traveled from the direction of a sweaty dude sitting spread eagle-style at track practice. Or, simply, in close quarters, like in a hellishly crowded train. Summer and sweaty weather may be gone, but ball stench still remains, especially when guys layer themselves with unbreathable clothing.

So why, exactly, do those gonads smell so … raw?

Mostly, we can blame ventilation and how we as a modern society opt to wear things like skin-tight briefs. When in tight quarters, poor air circulation to cool the cajones is prevented, which eventually leads to sweat. Lots and lots of sweat. Of course, sweat in and of itself doesn’t have a particular smell. It’s only when bacteria latches onto it and feeds on it when odor is developed and released.

Good news for mankind (and womankind, for that matter!): We now live in an era where brands big to small are all doing their own good by combating scrotum stench. This odor-eliminating crusade is addressing this pervasive problem head-on, finally allowing all men to be free to jump, run, sit and yes, just be, without being so self-conscious.

From anti-microbial underwear, to cleansers, sprays and creams, achieving fresh balls is finally possible. Here’s how.

Rinse and Repeat

The easiest way to curtail odor? Be hygienic. Sounds easy because it is. Whether bar or liquid in form, both will do the job. A recommendation is for those who are extra prone to smell to cleanse their bodies multiple times in a day. An easy rule of thumb that should go without saying: The more the area is kept clean, the less chance of bacteria festering and rudely making itself at home.

Keep it dry

This is probably the most difficult part of the entire process but possibly the most important. Keeping the area extra dry. After getting out of the shower, it’s very important to wipe off the area and ensure there is absolutely no moisture. If you’re unsure as to if you’ve toweled off completely, use a blowdryer on a cool setting. Then, apply your favorite cream, spray or powder. Choose from your preference below.


The best cream we’ve come across is one from Comfy Boys, an “intimate deodorant for men.” It goes on smooth, has a fresh scent, and immediately dries on contact. The best part may be that there aren’t any annoying clumps. It’s also an odor-blocker that lasts throughout the day. Buy it Comfy Boys – 1 Intimate Deodorant for Men – 4 Oz Daily Grooming Routine Companion, $14.98  To showcase a cream that promotes hygiene


If you’re averse to touching or don’t want any residue on your fingers, opt for this spray from Dry Goods. It instantly cools, there’s no mess, no fuss, and it works very efficiently. Buy it Dry Goods Athletic Spray Powder $14

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For those of you who are more evolved than Gold Bond powder comes this new brand, Chassis. The brand, which markets itself as “premium,” and uses menthyl lactate rather than menthol for a cooling sensation. It’s supposedly better for you and lasts longer. Simply cup the product in your hand and dip it in the powder. If that’s not an option, powder your underwear before wearing.  Buy it Chassis Premium Body Powder for Men, Original Fresh Scent $18

Product that promotes hygiene down there


If you’re in a bind and out and about and feeling a little damp, have these handy wipes on hand. They’re from the brand, Nadkins, which touts itself as being “100% natural and 100% non-toxic.” Ingredients include aloe vera, vitamin, allantoin that cleanses while hydrating the skin. Keep these in your back pocket or in your wallet for emergency situations. Buy it Nadkins 30 pack, $19.99.

Armor yourself with underwear

You’re only as good as the underwear that keeps you together. These days, savvy brands are now introducing materials that keep you fresh and cool with anti-microbial fabrics that fight off bacteria.

Mack Wheldon offers a line specifically combining pima cotton with silver XT2 fabrics, which makes for a soft underwear with anti-odor properties that keep you fresh, dry and cool. But it Mack Weldon Men’s , $32

Mission Athletecare: The sports-focused line wicks away sweat and repels moisture with its “vaporactive” technology. Buy a 2-pack Mission Men’s VaporActive Boxer Briefsfor $29.99

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Buck Naked The brand, from Duluth Trading Company, is stretchy and super comfortable with its almost silk-like feel. It’s actually cotton treated with sweat wicking materials that will keep you dry all day long. Buy it here, $22.50.

MeUndies is a subscription model that sends you new underwear essentially every day. If you’re lazy and don’t readily clean your own clothes, this could be a good solution to replenishing for a new day. The underwear comes in new styles and truly, are super, super comfortable. The ones we’ve tested are actually extremely soft and feel like second skin. Buy it here, $20 and up.

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