Beauty comes from what and how you eat and so do acne breakouts! Regardless of a good skin regimen you practice religiously, if you do not watch what you eat, you are in for some trouble. While there are many factors that affect acne, your diet could be one of its culprits. Studies have shown that certain food groups aggravate acne breakouts.
Have no fear, though because if there are foods that aggravate breakouts, there are superfoods that help prevent it and heal breakouts fast! These specific superfoods are rich in vitamins and nutrients that promote better skin health. Specific of these nutrients are antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acid, and zinc.
Find out if these superfoods are already in your meal plan and how it helps heal acne fast!
A great substitute for dairy products, which are inflammatory, is yogurt. This superfood is rich in probiotics that has good bacteria, fighting inflammation and promoting healthy, supple skin. In addition, yogurt has rich zinc content. Zinc has a two-way process of healing acne fast – one, it fights against inflammation so breakouts do not get irritated and gather pus. And two, it reduces oil production, so that occurrences of breakouts are lessened.
In the same way as berries help heal acne fast through its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric also contains one other component that makes it perfect to heal acne fast. It has antimicrobial components! Aside from ingesting turmeric in the form of tea, smoothie or supplements, it is most effective as a topical solution. Its curcumin content targets the P. acnes bacteria in the affected area and destroys it, so there are no chances of inflammation and irritation.
Different berries like blueberries, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, etc. are known to be very abundant in antioxidant properties. These help maintain the suppleness and elasticity of your skin, preventing excess oil production in the process, minimizing acne breakouts. For cases of acne breakouts, berries prevent inflammation so you won’t experience excess redness and scarring.
Almond contains two important properties that heal acne fast – vitamin E and antioxidants. Almond is singlehandedly one of the richest sources of vitamin E. This vitamin prevents the sebum from clogging the pores. Vitamin E directly works to stop inflammation and irritation at the skin level, so any outbreak can easily heal without scarring. Intake of almond can also increase vitamin E levels in the body, strengthening against inflammation.
More than an important ingredient in most dishes, garlic has established a reputation as a powerhouse of antioxidants that provide a host of benefits for overall well-being. More than this, studies have shown that garlic’s nutritional composition is great for the treatment of acne and pimples. Antioxidants in itself have reparative properties that speed up the healing of acne breakouts. Allicin, the active ingredient in garlic and one which gives off its pungent smell, is a sulfur compound that has antimicrobial properties. Consuming garlic helps in the long-term solution of acne breakouts as it works beyond the skin level. However, for a short-term quick solution to acne, topical application of garlic is also very effective.
On a side note, take a break from consuming foods concentrated that contain sugar, some types of dairy, gluten, and even some specific vegetables. Spicy foods that contain pepper or condiments with acidic lycopene trigger irritation that sets off an imbalance in your skin’s pH level, causing the breakout in turn.
In some cases, acne breakouts are hormonal or due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). While the superfoods above can still help curb breakouts, it is best to seek advice from your physician on how to appropriately address hormonal acne.
Acne breakouts are way to ruin your day, and while it can be masked with cosmetics or applying spot treatments, it can’t be the long-term solution to your skin problem. If you’re really looking to eliminate frequent occurrences of acne breakouts, tweaking your diet should be a part of the solution! Eat right for an acne-free skin that glows!
My name is Sarah Burgess and I’m a health and nutrition specialist and enthusiast. I did my PhD at the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and finished in 2015 and now I’ve been writing for Slowfoodnation since 2017. Apart from writing on blogs about health, superfood and nutrition, I love to exercise, running and pilates are two of my true addictions! I believe we create our own luck and everyone have the potential to reach true potential and be the best version of ourselves.