Acne isn’t just an adolescent issue. Adult acne in men and women is more common than ever, which can flare up for any number of reasons, like: hormones, stress, change in climate, environmental toxins and lack of water.
The good news is you don’t need expensive over-the-counter creams and cleansers to wash away those pimples. Your diet can actually aid in acne prevention and treatment. We have sourced ten foods that help to prevent flare-ups, and will help manage them when the unwelcome guests arrive.
Turmeric is best known for adding flavor to Indian dishes and for its role in Chinese medicine. It’s having its moment in the spotlight because of its ability to help improve skin health for a number of skin conditions. In many parts of India, turmeric is an essential part of any beauty treatment. When applied to the skin as a mask or paste, it can help to treat acne, eczema, and rosacea because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It some cases it is even used to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Try this mask if you have acne prone skin:
2 tablespoons curd
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon sandalwood powder
Mix into a paste using water.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water
Adding more greens to your diet is going to help your overall digestive health, but spinach is packed with a few ingredients that are necessary for skin health.
Spinach is rich in chlorophyll, which cleanses bacteria and toxins from the digestive tract and blood stream. It also contains a ton of Vitamin A, which is a natural anti-acne defense agent.
It’s also incredibly fibrous, helping with digestion, which in turn expels toxins and bacteria in the gut.
Not great for breath, but stellar for skin. Garlic is another superfood that helps fight inflammation. It is full of a chemical called allicin, which kills off harmful bacteria and viruses in the body.
Try using garlic to fight acne by crushing 2 garlic cloves to extract the juice, add to 1 cup of water and let sit for 10 minutes. Soak a cotton ball in the water mixture and apply the liquid to your acne spots. Leave it on until it completely dries out, and then rinse with water. You can repeat this treatment multiple times per week.
Cocoa as an ingredient is excellent for skin health. This doesn’t mean you can down a few chocolate bars and be done with it, but it does mean you can include dark chocolate with over 80% cocoa content in your diet as a staple.
It’s rich in taste, and is great for your skin. Cocoa contains flavonoids, which help to protect the skin from UV rays, to fight free radicals and increase blood flow for a more dewy, supple skin texture.
This oily fish is a miracle worker when it comes to glowing skin. Salmon is the world’s best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in the body and as a result help treat acne (inflammation of the skin). The Western diet is chalk full of omega-6 fatty acids, which can cause inflammation. Eating salmon once or twice weekly can have a significant impact in your skin health.
If you’re craving a sugar snack, or a snack with crunch, try mini carrots. They’re full of flavor and easy to take on the road as a go-to snack. Carrots are packed full of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which is a powerful weapon against acne.
Rooibos tea, or red tea, comes from the red bush plant in South Africa. It is rich in natural probiotics and minerals and provides antioxidants when ingested as tea. Rooibos tea has been linked to acne prevention and treatment, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and inflammation which causes rashes and skin ailments such as rosacea.
Drink this tea for flowing skin. It is naturally sweet and does not contain caffeine, so it’s a perfect late night drink.
Avocados are worshipped for their role in salads, brunches and guacamole, but they have several health benefits that go under the radar. They’re a great source of Vitamin E, which can help with skin vitality. Their Vitamin C content helps to reduce inflammation and provides a natural moisturizer for the skin.
While it has never been a favorite at the dinner table, broccoli has acne-fighting superpowers. It is loaded with vitamins C, E and K, which act as antioxidants to fight radical damage that is harmful to the skin. Broccoli is also great for digestion, helping to reduce inflammation in the body, which helps with acne prevention.
Brown rice is rich with vitamin C, protein, magnesium and several antioxidants. Vitamin B acts as our skin’s stress fighter, which will help regulate hormone levels and prevent the likelihood of breakouts.