Almost everyone gets acne at some point. It is simply an over production of oils that then clog the skin pores and set up an immune response.
Teens going through puberty tend to get acne because changing hormone levels cause increased oil production. However, everyone can get acne. It’s annoying, unsightly and can even lead to terrible scarring. Sure there are medicines (with some interestingly unpleasant side effects) but why not try to clear up acne naturally.
There are foods that get the blame for causing acne. There are also foods that may help your acne.
Check out these eight foods that might help clear up acne, with or without medication. Surprisingly, most of them aren’t part of our daily rations
1. Complex Carbohydrates
Spiking insulin levels is associated with increased acne. Keep insulin and blood sugar levels even by eating whole grains and complex carbohydrates like peas, beans and vegetables.
Avoid enriched flour. This flour has been stripped nutrients and then “enriched” artificially and possibly even dyed to mimic whole wheat flour.
Avoid simple carbs like pasta, white flour, white rice, and sugar. White flour shows up in a lot of unexpected places like whole wheat bread, breaded foods, hash browns, and sauces.
Zinc is a trace mineral that isn’t stored by your body. Most people are familiar with its immune boosting properties, but it is important in helping head injuries, eating disorders, ADHD, osteoporosis, cancer prevention, and skin issues and about 100 more conditions!
Zinc regulates metabolism and hormone levels. Increasing zinc intake to 40 mg/day has been shown to help even severe acne cases. Eat pumpkin seeds and cashews, beef and turkey, quinoa and lentils, and seafood to boost zinc levels.
3. Vitamin A
Low levels of Vitamin A are linked to acne. Because Vitamin A can be toxic, don’t start supplementing your diet with pills before talking to your doctor.
Vitamin A deficiency can be serious. Taking it can improve eyes, fight yeast infections, prevent certain cancers, stop headaches and much more.
Add Vitamin A by eating liver (including cod), oily fish, and a whole host of cheeses (most of them stinky). If this sounds inedible, try eggs, sweet potatoes and winter squash.
4. Vitamin E
Another vitamin associated with acne is Vitamin E. The safe dosage appears to be 200 IU, but talk to your doctor before adding supplements.
Vitamin E is known to prevent scarring but can also prevent heart issues, certain cancers, brain and nervous system disorders, and pregnancy issues, among other uses.
Add oils like wheat germ, hazelnut, sunflower, and almond to food. The associated seeds are great to snack on as well. Oily fish and avocados are great sources as well.
5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to a healthy body. Omega-3 is an antioxidant and eliminates free radicals from your body. Omega-3 fatty acids are a miracle oil. Good for practically everything (lower blooding pressure, fight depression, increase energy levels, improving eye sight…), omega-3s also have a role in fighting acne and improving mood
Omega-3s are found in fatty fish (think salmon), flax seeds, some oils like olive, and omega3 rich eggs, among other sources.