No one food has been scientifically proven to prevent acne--or to cause it, for that matter. It is generally agreed, however, that eating well to keep the body and especially the skin healthy will help clear up acne. At optimum health, the skin will better be able to fight the bacterial infection that causes acne, and it will also aid in the prevention of future breakouts.
Antioxidant Rich Fruits & Vegetables
Dr. Andrew Weil recommends increasing foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, to aid in clearing up acne. Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, yams, apricots and cantaloupe and green veggies like parsley, kale and spinach contain high doses of vitamin A. Retinal, an ingredient found in many anti-aging and skin treatment products, is made from vitamin A. Broccoli contains high doses of vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant.
Foods with Zinc
Zinc is another powerful antioxidant. The Mayo Clinic advises taking zinc supplements as a natural treatment for acne because of its ability to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. It is made naturally in high doses in such foods as eggs, whole grains, nuts and mushrooms.
Foods with Vitamin B
Vitamin B comes in many forms, and Acne.com recommends eating foods high in B2 and B3. Vitamin B2 has proven to aid in the reduction of stress, which can be a factor in acne breakouts. Vitamin B2 can be found in whole grains, fish, milk, eggs and leafy green vegetables. Vitamin B3 helps improve circulation, enabling blood to bring nutrients to the surface of the skin. Vitamin B3 can be found in peanuts, eggs, avocados and lean meats.
Foods to Avoid
Food Allergy Solutions claims the No. 1 cause of acne is food allergies, especially in those with recurring breakouts, regardless of preventive measures taken. Food allergies cause a toxic reaction, and as those toxins build up, the body works to expel them through the skin, resulting in acne. Milk has been found to be the top allergy to increase acne.
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