When we think of skin problems, pimples and acne often come to mind. Acne is an evident sign that our skin is not as healthy as it seems. Not only does it affect our appearance in the short run, but it can also lead to other issues and blemishes if left untackled. You may try all sorts of home remedies and skin creams to combat acne. But if you are not mindful of your diet, your efforts might be in vain. Your skin health is also affected by your nutrient intake (or lack thereof). Celebrity nutritionist Lovneet Batra recently shared some important pointers on this topic.
What Causes Acne?
When the pores of your skin are blocked by oil, bacteria or dead skin, you may notice breakouts in the form of acne. A variety of factors including diet, hormonal changes, pre-existing health conditions (like PCOS), stress, family history etc. can be the cause behind acne. Certain cosmetic products that don't suit your skin may cause a negative reaction and manifest in the form of acne. While keeping your skin clean on the outside is important, you should also pay attention to your diet. Specific foods can help improve your skin health and fight against acne flare-ups.
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Here Are 6 Foods That Can Help Combat Acne, As Suggested By A Nutritionist:
According to Lovneet, legumes have a low glycaemic index and thus keep your blood sugar levels balanced. This, in turn, can reduce instances of acne.
2. Sweet Potatoes
This veggie contains retinol, a vitamin A derivative which is ideal for fighting acne, says the nutritionist. The vitamin C and E content of sweet potatoes can is also good for your skin.
Foods rich in zinc, such as pumpkin, can help combat acne-causing bacteria. Kidney beans, mushrooms and oats are also high in zinc.
According to Lovneet, papaya contains papain, a type of digestive enzyme that can prevent acne. Papaya also helps maintain collagen, which is crucial for your long-term skin health.
5. Tender Coconut
The nutritionist states that the antimicrobial and antifungal properties can help with acne. It keeps your body cool and your skin hydrated too. Coconut water also has many benefits for your skin. Read more about them here.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has long been used for skin care since it has important antibacterial properties. Apart from being applied to the skin, it can be consumed in the form of juice. This simple detox drink can give you glowing skin and prevent breakouts. Find out more here.
Which Foods Can Cause Acne?
If you have a high glycaemic diet, you may be more prone to acne. Additionally, certain foods or drinks that disrupt hormonal balance and/or cause inflammation in the body can lead to acne. These include fried foods, spicy foods, white bread, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, etc. For some people, even the consumption of milk can pose a problem. It is also recommended to cut down on your salt intake for clearer skin. Find out more here. During the summer season, eating mangoes is often linked with acne. Although mango is otherwise full of nutrients and benefits, you might want to monitor your consumption. Click here to know why.
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Acne is a persistent problem many of us face. Now you know some of the key dietary changes you can make for better skin.
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