As I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from super oily/blemish prone skin, so having (and keeping) clear skin is something that is always on my mind. Whether it’s stress, fatigue, or the change of seasons that’s causing my skin to flare up, there is a constant balance in our lives in order to prevent acne. Our diet can play a major role in that fact, with greasy foods and dairy leading us to more breakouts. Luckily, there are plenty of foods that help prevent acne as well. These are generally “healthy” food items, but if you add just a few of these into your diet you’ll be helping to clear up your skin from the inside out, as well as the cleansing you’re doing from the outside–double duty cant hurt, right?!
Avocado: An ingredient in many DIY face masks, this delicious fruit is a rich source of Vitamins E + C and can help to reduce skin inflammation and naturally moisturizes the skin.
Nuts: Most nuts have high amounts of Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and iron which are all great for healthy skin–and acne sufferers have actually been linked to deficiencies in zinc, so a little extra boost is always a good thing.
Red Grapes: Grapes contain a lot of natural chemicals and antioxidants that can help with skin inflammation as well as with conditions like Eczema or Psoriasis. Plus, grapes have been known to help with side effects of allergic reactions on the skin.
Artichokes: This is another food that is full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Artichokes are known for being full of fiber and thus helps to remove toxins from the body which make it a great option for healthy skin.
Brown Rice: Brown rice is a good source of Vitamin B, magnesium, protein and antioxidants. Foods with Vitamin B are helpful for acne as the vitamin can help regulate hormones and thus prevents breakouts.
Broccoli: Broccoli is always a good food to eat even if you’re not trying to prevent acne, as it’s packed with Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. These will help to fight damage on your skin and help your skin to glow.
Fish: Fish is a great source of fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 that are hard to naturally get elsewhere, but that your body needs to help reduce inflammation that can trigger cells to clog pores and cause acne.
Garlic: Garlic is not only good for your heart, it’s also good for your skin. It’s packed with a chemical called allicin which kills off bacteria that your body my be fighting, and helps fight any inflammation.
Do you suffer from acne or any other skin conditions? What foods or at-home remedies have worked for you?