These foods can help clear breakouts

Watermelon Acne Skin Benefits

Here at MDacne, we are all about eating for beauty. We know that there'sno food 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!

Green Tea

Sip a cup of green tea — it's filled with antioxidants that can protect you 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, which 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.

Zinc

Many studies have shown that this mineral can reduce the effects of acne. You can get zinc from supplements (Try 100mg a day) or your diet. Foods high in zinc include watermelon seeds, roasted pumpkin, dried squash, roast beef, and wheat germ (It's yummy sprinkled on salads).

Veggies

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 have tons of antioxidants and phytonutrients, which can also help clear your skin!

Probiotics

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 tremendous natural probiotic sources are yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, microalgae, miso soup, pickles, tempeh, kimchi, and kombucha.

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