10 best foods to prevent acne & dark spots

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10 best foods to prevent acne & dark spots
Eat healthily for clear, beautiful, glowing skin. (skin care image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

Acne and dark spots can be a source of embarrassment, no matter your age. Aside from genetics, your daily diet is one of the greatest contributors to the condition of your skin. After all, you are what you eat. Prevent acne and dark spots by consuming a healthy diet and avoiding foods that are high in trans-fats and sugars.


Hydration is essential to the health of your skin. Your skin flourishes when most of your hydration comes from water instead of other fluids, such as soft drinks.

Low-fat dairy products

Dietary vitamin A, which is found in low-fat dairy products, is essential in achieving healthy and clear skin. Examples of low-fat dairy products are low-fat yoghurt, sour cream, and skimmed milk.

Green tea

An anti-inflammatory chemical found in green tea, called catechins, helps fight free radicals on your skin cells and clear up your skin.

Olive oil

Monounsaturated fats, such as olive or sesame oil, provide the fatty acids that help construct your cell membranes and nourish your skin cells.


Fresh fruits such as berries, tangerines, watermelons, oranges, and grapefruits provide essential vitamins and minerals to the skin. These help improve and maintain skin healthy and contribute to the look of healthy, glowing skin. Note that frozen or canned fruits do not have the same effect.

Whole grains

Fibre-rich foods, such as whole grains, help the body remove toxins that can lead to skin damage. Eat these daily to help protect the health of your skin. Fibre is also found in apples.


Zinc, found in lettuce, gets rid of destructive free radicals on the skin, regulates the oil glands, and helps skin heal from scarring and other wounds. Other zinc-rich foods include artichokes, liver, crab, eggs, fish, and olives.


Potatoes contain high amounts of complex B vitamins, which fight against the formation of pimples and acne. Complex B vitamins can also be found in bananas, lentils, and tuna.


Walnuts have a high content of omega-3 oils, which is a strong antioxidant that keeps the skin tight and plump. Other foods that contain omega-3 oils are salmon and flaxseed oil.


Broccoli contains vitamin C, which has strong antioxidant properties that help fight infections and inflammation on the skin. Vitamin C can also found in egg yolks, soybeans, carrots, and green leafy vegetables.

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