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Diet and Acne

There are not many studies that can prove diet has a direct effect on acne. But if you have consulted a dermatologist or two, you would hear them say to avoid this, avoid that, don’t eat this, don’t eat that, etc. – those usual things. This may be due to the fact that not all people suffer acne. Some people can eat whatever they like without getting zits, blackheads or whiteheads. Yes, there exist the lucky ones.

But one should also remember that acne does not occur to teenagers only. So if you think you are lucky enough to bypass puberty without getting acne, think again. There is what we call, adult acne. Some acne can extend after puberty ends and some start to have acne even when they have already entered adulthood. So watching your diet is a great way to prevent acne and other diseases as well. After all, our skin is a body organ- the largest one there is. And doctors would say, “You are what you eat.” So what do you eat? Here are some lists:

 Vitamins A, C and E

All these three are known to be great anti-oxidants. Vitamin A rich foods are carrots, broccoli, spinach and many others. Of course, vitamin C is usually abundant in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemons. While vitamin E can be found in leafy green vegetables, avocado, nuts, etc.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid

This is also known as the healthy fat. It has primary health benefits for the cardiovascular system. If you want a healthy heart, eat foods rich in omega 3. When it comes to the skin, Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory effects. It helps lessen reddening and regulates insulin-like growth factors that have a great impact on acne breakouts. Omega 3 is abundant in salmon, sardines and nuts.

Zinc

The bacterium that breeds on the trapped oil beneath the skin is called P. acnes. Zinc fights this bacterium so they don’t increase in number. Zinc are usually in foods likes spinach, pumpkin, mushroom, beans, nuts like cashews and almonds, oysters, beef, lamb and turkey.

Selenium

Just like vitamin A, C and E, Selenium is also a strong anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals that cause damage to our body. To gain selenium intake, one should eat foods like tuna, oysters, whole grains, whole-wheat bread, pork and chicken.

Of course, intake should also be monitored since too much of everything is bad. Try these diet tips and you should see some improvements on your skin after several weeks. Also, while you’re on your diet, use skincare products that might help and don’t drop that beauty regimen. Remember, treating acne requires time and effort.

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