While teens always have the hope of a brighter, acne-free future, it’s more difficult for grown-ups to bare. In teens, those hormones that cause acne are fleeting, whereas acne in adults is persistent because it is related to the whole lifestyle. Adult acne is associated with lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and processed food intake.
Eating refined foods (sugar, grains etc.) and dairy influences the skin by increasing inflammation and clogging pores with sticky dead skin cells, which in turn leads to those dreaded zits.
On the bright side, there are also foods that do the opposite! These 10 beauty foods for acne fight it from the inside out, giving you an extra boost of confidence.
The miracle veggie contains omega-3 fatty acids, the intake of which control the production of leukotriene B4. The latter is responsible for causing excessive sebum increase and inflammatory acne.
Try this: Spring detox smoothie by Hello Glow
A cup of peppermint tea is good for many things, including digestion and stress. Since acne is often caused by stress, a warm cup could be your easy solution to clear skin.
Try this: Herbal tea blend by Hello Glow
The flavored root is detoxifying and reduces the swelling of the body, but it also does wonders for your skin. It’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, which reduce inflammation, balance oil production, and result in healthy, acne-free skin.
Try this: Nourishing vegetarian broth by Hello Veggie
4. Brazil nuts
Most nuts are indicated in a healthy diet, but Brazil nuts take it to the next level with selenium, a powerful antioxidant which protects cells from inflammatory, also preserving the skin’s elasticity. This translates into visible improvements on acne-prone skin.
Try this: Blueberry kale smoothie by Hello Glow
5. Red grapes
Red grapes as well as their seeds come with natural antioxidants that can improve inflammatory skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema and yes, acne).
Try this: Gorgeous skin grape beauty smoothie by Hello Glow
6. Beet root
High in vitamin A and E, potassium, calcium and magnesium, this wondrous root aids in healing and general health of the skin, while also eliminating toxins and lowering cholesterol.
Beet root increases nitric oxide levels in the body which expand blood vessels. With improved circulation comes enhanced delivery of nutrients and efficient removal of toxins, which results in glowing and vibrant skin.
Try this: Beet carrot pineapple orange juice by Hello Glow.
You’ll enjoy your tofu even more, now that you know it’s a source of protein, calcium and unsaturated fats, which combine into a great acne remedy.
Try this: Thai style spiralized veggies with tofu by Hello Veggie.
Not only is garlic delicious in almost any food, but it also contains allicin which kills harmful bacteria and viruses inside the body. This means clear skin and less chances to catch a cold.
Try this: Roasted cauliflower cheddar dip by Hello Glow.
They lead to better skin, including skin luminosity, and it’s often used in creams and beauty products. Consumed raw or cooked, it boosts the immune system and aids digestion.
Try this: Fire-roasted tomato spaghetti with chicken and artichokes by Hello Glow.
10. Pumpkin seeds
Even a handful of pumpkin seeds on a salad or smoothie can help clear your skin of acne, because of the seed’s high content of vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.
Try this: Power pumpkin seed smoothie by Hello Glow.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.16