Foods That Can Help With Your Acne

Acne can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with, especially when you reach adulthood, thinking your teenage acne-ridden years are behind you only to wake up with a bunch of angry spots. Unfortunately, acne doesn’t discriminate, so even when you’re using the best possible products, getting regular facials and taking the best care of your skin, you can still suffer from spots.

Because of its persistence and the sheer number of factors that can contribute to acne, a well-rounded approach is needed to not just clear acne, but to prevent it in the future. One of the most important factors is your diet. Even when you’re avoiding sugar and processed carbs, your diet can still play a role in both causing and clearing acne. Inflammatory foods such as dairy has been linked to an increase in spots and each individual can also have small intolerances to even healthy foods that presents itself in the form of pimples.

While I’d love to be able to tell you that’s there’s one cure-all diet that will clear up any blemishes and stop you from ever getting another, I simply can’t. Changing up your diet isn’t a simple fix but there are a number of foods that have been shown to help with the cause and side effects of acne. Adding these to your diet can help.

Kefir

Our gut plays a huge role in our overall health but an unhappy gut often shows up on our skin first. Probiotics such as those found in kefir help to feed your guts microbiome, aiding digestion and preventing congestion. Kefir is also dairy-free, so unlike yoghurt, it’s a probiotic source that’s not likely to cause any negative symptoms.

Peppermint

Not only does sipping a delicious cup of peppermint relieve stress, a big factor in our skin-health, it also aids digestion and has detoxifying properties. It’s also known for it’s calming and healing properties which is particularly useful for people suffering from angry hormonal acne or spots that are inflamed.

Fennel

If you’re a liquorice lover, it’s time to add fennel to your diet. The root vegetable has a number of properties that works to keep our skin healthy and clear. It aids digestions, works to reduce swelling and inflammation in the body and flushes excess fluid taking congestion-causing toxins with it.

Beetroot

The skin-clearing properties of beetroot are numerous. They’re loaded with antioxidants, which we’re all aware of how good they are for your skin, and are particularly high in vitamin A. They also contain potassium, sodium, calcium and vitamin E which is essential for epidermal health and post-acne healing.

Kale

This green miracle is super nutrient dense containing a full range of vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K, as well as potent levels of manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, protein, folate and phosphorus. Any green leafy vegetable is also great for digestion and the high chlorophyll levels help to clear and brighten your skin.

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