Doctors and dermatologists claim that diet does not cause acne. This is true, however, an acne diet can help reduce acne and sometimes get rid of it completely. I will provide some eating habits based on an acne diet that may help reduce your acne and speed up the regeneration of your skin.
What is unhealthy for my skin?
An unhealthy diet can spike acne that is already present. If you want to follow this acne diet strictly, then stay away from the following foods and beverages:
What foods/beverages should I consume?
- Caffeinated Sodas - Many contain brominated vegetable oil which is terribly unhealthy. I have had many people email me saying that they drink soda all of the time and have not experienced acne. If you have doubts about this claim, call your local dermatologist and ask them about caffeinated sodas.
- Saturated fats - These cause the body to produce more oil, contributing to oily skin.
- Chocolate - People claim that chocolate itself causes acne, but this is not true. Chocolate does contain a high amount of saturated fats which can lead to oily skin. Any food containing saturated fats can cause your skin to produce more oil.
- High amounts of sugar - Sugar increases the amount of insulin in the blood, which increases hormones, and hormones can cause acne.
Some people choose to buy diet pills, but we have a better and more natural option for you. Fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods you can consume for your skin. These contain the vitamins your skin needs in order to regenerate. Antioxidants are also very important for an acne diet because they protect the skin from free radicals (harmful molecules in the air, such as pollution) and radiation from ultraviolet light. Most vitamins and antioxidants are available in pill supplements that you can purchase at most grocery stores. If you are allergic to a certain food containing the vitamin you need, try the vitamin supplements.
If you wish to have beautiful acne-free skin, then we suggest drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day as part of this acne diet. Water flushes the toxins out of your body. If you deprive yourself of water, these toxins are forced to escape through your pores and cause breakouts. Drinking a lot of water will also keep your skin hydrated, which makes shaving a whole lot easier. Following an acne diet can sometimes be all you need to prevent acne and maintain health skin. However, if you are still having problems clearing your acne, visit our front page and take a look at some of the acne treatments available. If you plan on following this acne diet and taking a treatment at the same time, we suggest using the ClearPores system. For a more detailed acne diet, check out the Teenage Anti Acne Diet booklet.
- Vitamin A - Vital to maintaining healthy skin and preventing wrinkles, some sources of Vitamin A are kale, spinach, tomatoes, cantaloupe, apricots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
- Vitamin B-2 - Known for relieving stress and anxiety (researchers are finding that stress may be a cause of acne), some sources of Vitamin B-2 are fish, eggs, milk, whole grains, and meat.
- Vitamin B-3 - Known for lowering cholesterol and improving circulation, however, it also promotes healthy skin. Some sources of Vitamin B-3 are eggs, peanuts, liver, avocados, meat, and most cereals.
- Vitamin E - An antioxidant which helps protect the skin from ultraviolet light and dangerous molecules in the air, like pollution and peroxides. Some sources of Vitamin E are peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, broccoli, olives, papaya, and blueberries.
- Zinc - An antioxidant known for helping with skin conditions like acne and eczema. It also boosts the immune system (hint: take some zinc supplements when you have a cold). Some sources of Zinc are eggs, nuts, mushrooms, and whole grains.