Foods to Help With Acne

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There is much controversy over whether a person's diet causes acne. Some believe that there's no correlation between the two, while others believe that what you eat directly affects the appearance of your skin. Regardless of the cause, there are helpful diet tips to follow that may help improve problem skin.

Foods to Eat

Vegetables, fresh and cooked, are crucial for those who suffer from acne. They are full of necessary vitamins needed to improve acne-prone skin, such as vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that prevents cell oxidation. Vitamin A is a powerful vitamin that regulates sebum production in the skin—overproduction of sebum in the skin is what causes acne.

Vegetables also contain fiber, which helps the body expel built-up toxins, thus allowing the skin to heal itself quicker.

Foods to Avoid

Refined foods, such as junk foods and white foods, should be eliminated completely. These processed foods build up within the system and can cause skin to become oilier. They also do not contain necessary fiber, so toxins stay stored within the body. This slows the skin’s healing process, not just in relation to acne, but other ailments as well.

Topical Foods for Acne

Tomatoes are full of vitamins C and A. Cut a slice of tomato and rub it all over the skin. Allow the tomato mask to dry for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Also try a mashed banana mask. Bananas contain potassium which is a natural antibacterial agent. This will help naturally kill bacteria in acne blemishes. Apply a mashed banana to the face, allow the banana mask to dry for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

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References

  • Amanda Watson, "Natural Beauty: A Step-By-Step Guide," Element Books Limited 1999
  • Earl Mindell, "Vitamin Bible for the 21st Century," Warner Books 1999
  • Foods to Clear Acne
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