Best Foods to Eat to Reduce Acne

Acne is not just a teen age problem. Many people suffer from acne more later in life.  Acne is an inflammatory  problem. One of the best ways to treat and prevent acne is a nutritious diet that provides all of the vitamins, minerals the body needs and helps detoxify.  The skin is the largest organ and helps the body eliminate toxins. Vitamin A        mothers day NW 011

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage that can accelerate skin aging and contribute to acne and other skin conditions. Vitamin A deficiencies increase the risk of poor skin health and the development of acne.

Foods Sources

Carrots, spinach and kale

 

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Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from damage.  It helps regenerate skin cells and is also an effective immune booster.

Food Sources

Bell Peppers, broccoli, strawberries, cauliflower

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to acne and other skin conditions. While most vitamin D is obtained naturally from sun exposure, vitamin D supplements can be helpful, particularly in regions where sunlight is limited, during long, dark winters or to people who are not able to have adequate time outside.

Food Sources

Shrimp, sardines, low fat milk

 

Vitamin E

It is a potent antioxidant that not only protects the skin from foreign toxins, but is believed to help repair skin tissue as well. Maintaining proper vitamin E levels through supplementation can lower the risk of developing acne and contribute to its effective treatment.

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Sunflower Seeds, swiss chard, Almonds, spinach, kale, bell peppers

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B2 is an effective stress reliever. Research shows that stress can actually trigger acne breakouts and make it worse. Vitamin B2 also improves circulation

Food Sources

Spinach, kale

 

Zinc

Protects  the skin from free radical damage, UV radiation and other skin toxins. Zinc supports the immune system, which may play an important role in preventing and treating acne. Studies have found that it can stimulate wound healing and may help prevent acne scarring. Some dermatologists recommend 30mg of zinc per day for acne.

Food Sources

Crimini mushrooms, Spinach, Asparagus

 

Chromium

Chromium is a mineral sometimes used to treat skin infections. It helps to repair damaged skin and may reduce acne scarring. Studies have found that taking as little as 150 micrograms of chromium per day could help to fight acne.

Food Sources

Romaine lettuce, onions, tomatoes

 

Citrus fruits,  when applied topically, they can help to unclog pores and discard dead skin cells. They have demonstrated the ability to improve the symptoms of acne and may even help to reduce acne scarring.

 

 

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract may help treat acne. It is believed to protect collagen and reduce inflammation. It can also enhance skin cell growth and repair.

 

Turmericfood herbs

Turmeric is a popular and purportedly powerful herbal acne supplement. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties and is also an antioxidant.

 

Cucumbers cleans and refreshes oily skin,  clay will absorb excess oil produced by the skin.

Combine these ingredients together for a facial mask

2 teaspoons plain yogurt

1 tablespoon finely chopped cucumber pulp

2 teaspoons cosmetic clay

2 drops  lavender oil

1 drop juniper oil

Smooth mask on face , relax for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water.

 

You probably noticed a great way to get in all the great foods in one sitting would be a salad.  Some of the foods like kale  and spinach show up in many groups. Eating your fresh vegetables will help your skin  have healthy glow.

 

Jojoba oil makes it easier to remove blackheads. Apply to skin to help soften the oil from the pore