Most dermatologists will have you believe that breakouts have nothing to do with diet, but many of us in the organic skin care community disagree. Although skin health is indeed a complex issue, we believe that there’s a direct correlation between what you put in your body and what comes out on your skin.
So, how do you eat for pimple-free skin? Well, by following the guide below that will help prevent future breakouts and leave you with healthier, clearer skin.
Even though it is better to use organic dairy products as opposed to conventional ones, the organic ones can also sometimes contain hormones that can cause or exacerbate breakouts. Why not try almond milk or my personal favorite, coconut milk, in your herbal coffee instead?
Eat more orange
Orange colored fruits and vegetables (such as carrots, sweet potatoes, peaches and, er, oranges!) are full of vitamin A (this is what makes them orange). Vitamin A helps encourage cell-turnover and prevents the buildup of dead cells which clog pores. Retinol and Retin A are all derivatives of vitamin A and although they’re in much higher concentrations in the form of retinoic acid in Retinol or Retin A products, the principle is similar.
Indulge with Wild Salmon
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, selenium and iron, wild salmon not only helps hydrate your skin from the inside out, but also helps prevent clogged pores too. And there are so many different ways to make it, from baking or poaching to, our favorite, broiling, mmmmhh!
To Sweeten or not to Sweeten?
Studies have shown that sugar can activate the bacteria in your skin that causes breakouts. One of the biggest culprits: soda and other sugary beverages. So, for clearer skin, replace some of your sugary drinks with water instead. Water will also flush out existing breakouts. Double whammy!
Going Gaga for Garlic
Yes, I know not the friendliest of vegetables (actually it’s a bulb of the Lily family so technically not a vegetable but hey, who’s keeping score?) but it has well documented antibacterial properties and so helps to lower the bacteria that causes breakouts inside the body. It can also be used topically, but that’s a conversation for another time…
So, with just a few minor changes in your diet, you could have healthier skin. But, don’t just take our word for it, try it yourself and let us know what happens!
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