Food that helps fight acne

Nature is rather arbitrary in deciding who gets acne and who doesn’t. However, there are ways to help fight it off and give your skin a boost in dealing with its symptoms and scars.

It is a myth that dirt or eating chocolate are the causes of acne – this upsetting skin condition is linked to such things as genetics and your immune system. It involves overactive sebaceous glands producing too much of an oily substance called sebum. Sebum mingles with dead skin cells, other microscopic particles and bacteria to create the pimples, spots and cysts that characterise acne.

After saying that, you do have some control over your skin and you can take steps to reduce the impact of acne. This includes a thorough skin care regime using quality products and a diet rich in the good stuff that skin loves!

Think about it – the nourishment your skin needs to stay healthy and rejuvenate when it’s been damaged by acne is largely going to come from what you eat.

Firstly, your skin needs moisture to help the healing process and fight infection, and one of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated is to drink plenty of water each day.

The advice that you should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily is also really important for anyone with a skin condition. They contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help to heal and protect your skin.

Three of the most important “skin fuels” are beta-carotene (which is in carrots and sweet potatoes in substantial amounts); lutein (which you can particularly get from spinach and kale) and Vitamin C (highly concentrated in broccoli, blackcurrants, blueberries, oranges, strawberries and kiwi).

However, you should also try to keep a regular amount of Selenium in your diet - a powerful antioxidant which works with vitamins E and C to boost your immune system. You can find selenium in brazil nuts, fish, eggs, tomato and broccoli.

At one time, there was a trend to put Vitamin E direct to skin to help heal it, but studies have shown this is at best ineffectual and at worse can make the situation worse. What is recommended instead is that you eat Vitamin-E rich foods, such as almonds, pine nuts, hazelnuts and oils made from sunflower or corn.

This helps protect your skin from damage and supports the growth of new skin.

All the good stuff you put inside your body can help to boost your skin health. But keep in mind that isn’t an excuse to cut corners on a good skincare regime; cleansing, treating and moisturising with specially formulated products such as the ones featured on HelloSkin should be as natural to you as eating.

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