It doesn’t matter how old you are, all of us have experienced an acne breakout at some point in our lives. Whether it was one pesky pimple or a more severe breakout, one thing is for sure; no one wants them!
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition, where the skin produces too much sebum. This over- production of sebum clogs pores, resulting in red, and sometimes painful, pimples.
Apart from how uncomfortable acne can be, it also puts a dent in your self-confidence and no one should feel like they have to hide their face away from the world! While certain skin products can help to get your sebum levels under control, what most of us don’t realize, is that you can clear your skin for good simply by paying attention to what you eat on a daily basis. Fried, sugary and fatty foods cause inflammation in the body, which acne feeds off of since it is an inflammatory condition. Raw, healthy and fresh foods are your best bet to help rid your body of toxins and keep your skin glowing and clear!
Read on to find out our top 5 acne fighting foods!
The reason we love salmon is because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which not only reduces inflammation in the body, but gives your skin a gorgeous glow too! Try this delicious salmon recipe next time you are in the mood for a delicious fish meal!
Ladies everywhere are going to like this one! Blueberries will not only help to clear up your skin, but they will help to keep it young too! Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which help to reduce inflammation and fight free radicals. Just half a cup per portion should do it!
Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, which is essential for tissue repair and to prevent scarring, a common nasty side effect of more severe cases of acne. Other sources of vitamin E include leafy greens, eggs and other nuts.
This may sound strange, but we aren’t expecting you to devour a whole sour lemon! Rather we recommend squeezing the juice of half a lemon in some warm water and starting with this comforting drink every morning as you wake up. Not only is lemon water wonderful for digestion, it helps to gently detox the liver on a daily basis, helping to rid the body of toxins and promote a clear and radiant complexion.
Who doesn’t love strawberries? Dip em in some antioxidant-rich melted dark chocolate and you are sure to have a dessert winner! The reason strawberries make the list is due to their high vitamin C concentration. Vitamin C is a very important antioxidant vitamin for reducing inflammation, fighting free radicals and promoting the formation of collagen and elastin to not only keep your skin clear, but to keep it plump and youthful too!
Enjoy these foods as many times a week as you can and you are sure to see a positive change in your skin. Make sure that the rest of your diet is clean though too, as enjoying a cup of blueberries after a mcdonald’s takeout kind of defeats the purpose!
Author: Tamryn Burgess