Diet for Acne

Acne simplex is one of the most common problem of teens. It is estimated that around 85% of teens suffer from acne at some point of time.

Before jumping to the diet lets check out the factors causing acne –

  • When sebum gets accumulated in the blocked pores, it can work as perfect breeding ground for bacteria, leading to acne breakout.
  • Hormonal changes also leads to acne
  • Chronic stress can lead to acne breakout
  • Improper skin care can lead to variety of skin disorders including acne
  • Research shows certain foods which have high Glycemic Index (baked foods, sugary foods, sweet beverages) can lead to acne breakouts.

Hygiene –

  • Wash the face twice daily (over washing can make face dry, so use oil free products)
  • Keep your hair clean, as hair travels to the skin and it can worsen the problem
  • Do not touch/squeeze acne
  • Do not scrub hardly or roughly as it can irritate the skin

Diet We are what we eat

  • Water plays the most vital part in keeping skin hydrated and beautiful. It helps to flush out toxins and thus providing a healthy looking skin
  • Oranges contains Vitamin C which is essential for preventing and healing of acne
  • Tomatoes too contains Vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, foliate and antioxidants which helps in enhancing the skin health
  • Avocado contains Vitamin C, vitamin E and 5 other minerals and vitamins making it nutrient rich food which has anti aging and anti inflammatory properties
  • Almonds contains zinc which helps in reducing acne. It also contains Vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and low glycemic index

  • Cashews contains zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, fibre, calcium, iron which makes it healthy for healing acne.
  • Beetroots contains Vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, fiber and hence helps in preventing acne and is excellent for anaemia.
  • Walnuts contains omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, zinc, iron, selenium. It has many beneficial properties for enhancing skin tone
  • Flax seeds contains omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, selenium, vitamin E, iron. It can be added to your yogurt or eaten raw.
  • Red Grapes contains contains huge amount of vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and is packed with anti-oxidants.

Mustard seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, iron, fiber. It is used abundantly in India and helps in controlling inflammatory nature of our body.

  • Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc and also contains omega 3 fatty acids. This can also be used in our meal planning as it has benefits in improving skin and liver.
  • Blue berries, Black berries contains Vitamin C, vitamin K, anti-oxidants etc and hence are very beneficial in preventing acne and it also keeps blood sugar level in check.
  • Yogurt is helpful in enhancing healthy gut bacteria
  • Cucumber has vitamin C, vitamin E and is one of the best food for hydrating our body
  • Dark Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach contains iron, magnesium, fiber etc and helps in improving skin, high Blood Pressure, Diabetes, etc

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