Your Food Guide to Calm Acne Breakouts

Hi sweeties,

How are you doing? I am so busy these days with my braces treatment as extractions are going on for further improvement. It is definitely getting on my nerves because we all know extractions can never be pleasant. And, with all this, I am also tackling painful breakouts on my chin. Yes, I was not drinking enough water. So, I went on and researched some acne calming foods for myself and thought of sharing them with all of you as well. Here are they!

Your Food Guide to Calm Acne Breakouts

1. Nuts

nuts to calm acne

Sometimes acne is a result of deficiencies of minerals like zinc and selenium. Most of the nuts are rich in zinc, selenium, Vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron, which all are essential for healthy, acne-free skin. These minerals help in calming down the acne and also keep skin soft, supple and youthful.

2. Avocado

Foods rich in healthy fats like Omega-3s reduce acne lesions. For all vegetarians, avocados, seeds, olives and olive oil are great picks to obtain healthy fats. For non-vegetarians, fish like salmon and sardines serve the same purpose.

3.Limit dairy

You must have been in this debate where one side says dairy products are healthy for your skin and the other is totally against it. So, you can run your own one or two week trial to see if cutting dairy from your diet gives you an acne-free skin or not.

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4. Zinc’y’ diet

multigrain sandwich for acne

A study proved that participants with zinc deficiency were more prone to acne. Zinc is a necessity for the structure and function of cell membranes. Some good sources of zinc are meat, eggs, mushrooms, whole grain products, and oysters. You can always go for zinc tablets with a proper recommendation of a dermatologist in a case of severe deficiency.

5. The good carbs

Besides the whole weight gain thing, the refined grains and white flour in bread, pasta, bagels and muffins are known for causing a quick spike in blood sugar, which can cause acne. Eating low glycemic index foods could improve your skin and help lightening acne scars. Quinoa, brown rice, barley and sweet potatoes are some tasty healthy options to curb your carb cravings without aggravating the acne.

6. The amazing Vitamin A

vitamin a rich smoothie

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. Intake of this vitamin is essential for healthy looking skin. Vitamin A supplementation can improve acne conditions in patients. Sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, and carrots should be added in the daily diet to reap the benefits of vitamin A.

7. Green tea

Green tea is a great detox drink which helps in fighting acne. EGCG, a powerful antioxidant in green tea can reduce sebaceous glands, which are usually enlarged in people with acne. Studies have shown that EGCG reduces sebum production. So, do drink 2-3 cups of green tea daily to see acne calming down.

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