Adult acne was something I struggled with for many years. It was a really difficult time for me and no matter how many creams or lotions I tried — nothing seemed to help.
When I changed to a plant based diet my skin cleared up all on its own…it was amazing!
Its true what they say…Beauty IS an inside job!
Acne is a form of inflammation and can be caused by many different factors. Just like every one of us is different — not one thing will work for everyone — however the following foods all have nutrients, vitamins and minerals that reduce inflammation and are healthy for your skin.
Dark, leafy greens such as kale, spinach and swiss chard help clear impurities from the body, which can encourage breakouts. Eating more fruits and vegetables overall can naturally help clear up acne by reducing inflammation and providing essential nutrients.
Green tea is rich in polyphenols (super antioxidants) which increase blood-flow and oxygen to the skin, improving its look, feel and most importantly, health. It is great at reducing inflammation — aim for at least 2 cups a day.
The typical standard diet contains too many omega-6 fatty acids, which are tied to inflammation. Eating more omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in walnuts, hemp seeds, flaxseed and avocados can help reduce inflammation and improve acne breakouts.
The more antioxidants you can eat, the better — especially if you struggle with acne. A diet rich in antioxidants can decrease mild to moderate acne. Deep coloured berries are full of antioxidants and are delicious — try blueberries, blackberries, cherries and raspberries.
Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C — a major vitamin for clear, healthy skin. Snack on one raw cut up with hummus or chop it up in your salad.Other great sources of vitamin C include mangos, broccoli, leafy greens and citrus fruit.
Pumpkin seeds are an amazing plant based source of zinc — a mineral that is needed for the body’s defensive (immune) system to work properly and plays a role in cell health. It helps to fight and heal acne. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your salad, oatmeal or eat them as a snack.
Have you cleared up your acne with dietary changes? I would love to hear your story, your tips or which foods worked for you…
Originally published at medium.com