Acne Free Skin: What Foods to Eat?

Dr. Mala Malik    13-04-2020 Consult

If you eat too much of any one thing, chances are high it will show literally in your skin. Diet may play a role in exacerbating acne. Remember, changing your healthy skin diet alone won't cure your acne or keep you completely blemish free, but it is a great place to start on your path to a perfect complexion.

- Drink plenty of water - Eight glasses of water a day: You've read it, heard it, suggested it to a friend even, but do you follow this faithful advice daily? The number is actually less important than the concept of keeping your body hydrated all day long. This helps to flush out bad toxins, yes, but also keeps skin dewy and hydrated from the inside out. 

- Dip into Dark - Rather than indulge in the high-sugar, chewy, gummy candy that lines convenience store shelves, choose dark chocolate, which boasts antioxidants. Antioxidants work to shield your skin from free radical damage, which jeopardizes the integrity (and health) of your complexion. Find dark-chocolate coated raisins almost anywhere - peanuts too. 

- Say yes to yogurt- Yogurt that packs probiotics (Greek, Kefir) actually helps to prevent bad bacteria - which can lead to acne - from forming in your body. So, you may want to include one or two servings a day. 

- Food Suggestions- Veggies with high-water content (cucumbers, for example) are said to help acne. Water, we know, is key to flushing-out those clog-poring toxins, plus cucumbers have the added bonus of being "cooling" - thus, effective in calming down the inflammation associated with pimples. And, reach for orange delights (carrots, sweet potatoes) that are loaded with vitamin A - good for overall detox (skin and body alike). 

- Opt for herbs - We're not saying to make every meal a boring blur, but we are suggesting that too much spice - think cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, chilli and more - may exacerbate acne. 

- Coconut Oil - As an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredient, coconut oil will help clear up skin flare-ups, moisturize, and boost antioxidant activity, which slows down the aging process.

- Healthy Fats - Fats and oils can provide anti-inflammatory protection and youth-preserving antioxidants. Fatty fish provides hefty helpings of anti-aging omega-3 fatty acids; salmon, mackerel and tuna are among your best bets. Nuts like walnuts, almonds are another great way to incorporate healthy fats, as well as skin-protecting Vitamin E.