Acne is often very embarrassing and even debilitating to the sufferer. With so many different treatments available for acne, finding the right one for you can be confusing and frustrating.
However, acne can be treated, and although controversial at times, the best place to start is your diet. Breakouts can often indicate that there is something internally wrong within your body – this can be anything from hormones to dramatic insulin spikes due to excess sugar consumption.
This is why the best way to treat acne is to start from the inside out.
Here are a few diet suggestions that can help you improve your acne:
1. Eat whole, natural food
Pre-packaged foods, fast food, and microwave meals are filled with chemicals and ingredients that are not good for you. Many of these chemicals and additives can irritate your body, and cause a variety of problems from lack of energy to weight gain to acne.
To treat acne, eat as natural, clean, and whole as possible. Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruit. These will provide necessary antioxidants to help keep your body and skin healthy. Eat whole, natural grains such as brown rice and fiber-rich pasta. These will provide much-needed vitamins and fiber, which will help flush out toxins from your body.
The key is to stick to the freshest foods possible. If a food is packaged and includes additives or preservatives, then it is not whole or natural.
2. Eat yogurt
Natural, plain yogurt with probiotics (not the sugary, processed variety) can be very beneficial to the digestive tract. A healthy digestive tract can mean healthy, clear skin. Aim to have at least one serving of natural yogurt a day. Avoid any processed or sugary types.
3. Drink plenty of water
Water is a great way to rid your body of built-up toxins. Drinking plenty of water also means that your skin will remain hydrated.
4. Avoid excess dairy
Eating too much dairy can mean an overconsumption of hormones. When you drink milk or eat cheese, you are taking in hormones from the cow which was the original source of the dairy product. We all know that excess hormones can wreak havoc in our systems. It may also amount to increased acne. Eat these foods in moderation.
5. Avoid excess meat
Similar to eating too much dairy, eating too much meat will mean your body takes in hormones from the animal source. Most of us eat too much meat, and a serving should only be equal to the palm of your hand. Aim to eat a few vegetarian meals per week. This will help you increase your vegetable intake, and minimize the amount of hormones in your system.
Acne can be improved by diet. The key is to eat lots of vegetables and fruit, whole natural foods, a plain, probiotic yogurt, drink plenty of water, and avoid excess consumption of dairy and meat. It will take a little time to see results, but a diet similar to the above will help both your body and skin remain at its best.