Here at MDacne, we are all about eating for beauty. We know that there’s no food that can magically cure all of our acne breakouts, but eating right can definitely help our complexion get a little more perfect. Here are five foods and minerals to try if you're hoping to clear your skin!
Sip a cup of green tea — it’s filled with antioxidants that can protect from environmental stress. Drinking green tea throughout the day may be a great addition to your anti-acne routine. Bonus: It's super yummy.
Fish & Flaxseed
The typical Western diet contains too many Omega-6 fatty acids, and those are tied to inflammation. Try to eat more Omega-3 fatty acids — these can help reduce inflammation and improve your breakouts. Fatty fish, walnuts and flaxseeds are all high in Omega-3s.
A lot of studies have shown that this mineral can reduce the effects of acne. You can get your zinc from supplements (Try 100mg a day) or from your diet. Foods that are high in zinc include watermelon seeds, roasted pumpkin, dried squash, roast beef and wheat germ (It’s yummy sprinkled on salads).
We’ve all been hearing we need to eat more fruits and veggies since…well, since forever. It's no surprise your skin loves veggies, too. Orange and red vegetables contain beta-carotenes, which naturally help normalize sebum production and reduce inflammation. Dark, leafy greens and dark-colored berries contain tons of anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, and those can help clear your skin, too!
A few recent students have shown that intestinal bacteria may affect inflammation throughout the body. Pretty interesting, right? Probiotics can reduce inflammation and may help reduce acne breakouts, too. Some great natural sources for probiotics are yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, microalgae, miso soup, pickles, tempeh, kimchi and kombucha tea.