Clean your diet, clear your skin

By February 20, 2018Skin

It is huge! In fact, it doesn’t matter what size it really is – when you spot a pimple on your face, it always feels like it is massive. It would be understandable if you were a teenager, but why do some of us still suffer with this as adults?

Thanks to human biology, hormones and the complex nature of your skin, acne is a global challenge. It is most common among male teenagers as their testosterone levels are usually high, but it can affect men and women of all ages. This pesky skin condition can be persistent, but there are ways to treat it. You can start by changing up your diet.

Skin wreckers

Researchers have found that certain foods spike your blood sugar more quickly than others and cause your body to release insulin. Too much insulin in your blood may cause your oil glands to produce more oil and increases the risk of acne. These are called “high glycaemic” carbohydrates. These foods include pasta, white rice, white bread and sugar.

It was also found that a diet based heavily on dairy, saturated fats and trans fats, are linked to the production of acne. According to research from the Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, food like these stimulates hormones which can cause excess oil to be released from your oil glands, and inflammation; leading to acne problems.

A plate of health

Just like hyperglycaemic foods can make acne worse or help cause acne, low glycaemic foods may reduce the risk of developing acne. Complex carbohydrates are great acne helpers. These are found in wholegrains, legumes and unprocessed fruit and vegetables.

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Foods with zinc (beef, lamb, pumpkin seeds and spinach), Vitamin A (carrots, sweet potato, broccoli), Vitamin E (almonds, avocado and butternut) and antioxidants (cranberries, pecans and kidney beans), helps reduce skin inflammation.

Good to know

  • Other skin-friendly foods include spinach and other dark green and leafy vegetables, tomatoes, blueberries, wholewheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, beans, peas, and lentils, salmon, and other kinds of fatty fish and nuts.
  • You don’t have to give up chocolate to have clear skin, just switch to dark chocolate and watch your portions, and stick to chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. It contains zinc; an acne fighter, so eat up!
  • Drink your way to better skin by swapping your coffee for green tea. It’s rich in polyphenols which helps increase blood flow and oxygen to your skin, improving its look, health and feel.
  • Back away from the processed foods as they contain more sugars and fats than you need, which may wreak havoc on your skin. Stock your kitchen with basic cooking ingredients and you’ll find that avoiding processed items will be much easier, healthier and cheaper.
  • Let’s not forget the foundation of good skin; water. Aim for eight glasses a day to keep your skin hydrated and help flush out toxins.