Anti-acne foods

There is extensive debate within the scientific-medical community about the impact of diet on acne. We know that genes and lifestyle play an important role in skin health and the flaring up of pimples, but many studies suggest that food also plays a part.

Often beginning during puberty, skin acne is possibly the most common skin condition. It occurs when the skin’s pores clog up with dead skin cells, excess oil, and sometimes bacteria. Acne typically produces different types of lesions, including pimples. Symptoms vary from mild to severe, and the latter can be linked to anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, social phobias, and low self-esteem.

There are three main ways to address acne:

  • Medication
  • Facial cleansing
  • Diet

Foods to avoid

There are numerous studies that demonstrate a link between foods and the acne triggers of high blood sugar, inflammation, and oil-gland related hormones. Many doctors recommend avoiding the following foods:

  • Dairy
  • High-glycemic carbohydrates (pasta, white rice, white bread, sugar)
  • Saturated and trans fats
  • Milk and sugary chocolate
  • Alcohol

Anti-acne foods

In contrast, research shows some food types may help with skin health and acne.

  • Omega 3 and Omega 6: oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocado.
  • Low-glycemic: fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.
  • Vitamin A: carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, eggs or spinach .
  • Zinc: seafood, soy, pine nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and wheat bran.
  • Polyphenols: green tea, parsley, broccoli and red fruits.
  • Water (for hydration and flushing out toxins).

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