You Are What you Eat – How The Right Diet Can Help Fight Acne
Oh acne – if only there was an instant cure to banish this unsightly skin condition for good! While it’s commonly known that acne can be brought on by hormonal changes in puberty (as well as certain medicines and cosmetics), there is yet to be a remedy to tackle this unwanted condition – but a solution may be in sight; in the form of changing your diet.Crystal Wellman, a Master Aesethetician and owner of the Crystal Clear Acne Clinic, is a firm believer in diet playing a huge part in contributing to various skin conditions. “A lot of people don’t realise that it’s what they are eating that is causing their acne,” Wellman states. “By changing a few foods that you eat, you can hydrate and improve your skin while avoiding breakouts.”Wellman lists five foods to steer clear of when tackling acne:Salt. Eating more salt than necessary can leave your skin dehydrated, resulting in swelling and therefore making it harder for your skin to heal acne. Instead, opt for nuts – packed with Vitamin E, iron and potassium, will improve your appearance and your health.Bread and refined grains. These types of foods contain a high glycemic index, meaning an increase in blood sugar that in turn causes a burst of hormone insulin; leaving you more likely to suffer a breakout. Substitute bread for brown rice, as the Vitamin B will help regulate hormone levels.Shellfish. Lobster and crab contain high levels of iodine, which is a major factor in clogged pores. Replace shellfish with fish, as fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 are proven to improve your skin.Milk. Dairy products will give you breakouts, so aim for broccoli (packed with Vitamins A, B, C, E and K to boost your health).Alcohol. The main offender in dehydration and accelerating the appearance of wrinkles, swap alcohol for avocado – as the Vitamin E serves as a great natural skin moisturiser. Anything that helps fight off acne is a winner for us! What types of food have you found to keep acne at bay? Tell us your tips over at Twitter.