We spend lots of time and money considering what we put on our faces. But how much do you think about whether or not you’re following a clear skin diet? In the past, dermatologists maintained that unless you wipe greasy fingers on your face, food doesn’t cause zits. But some are rethinking the party line. In the past decade, we’ve learned more and more about how much the foods we eat impact our complexions. But with all sorts of supplements, special eating plans, and complexion drinks out there promising glowing skin from the inside out, it’s tough to tell what’s actually legit. The Clear Skin Diet: What to eat for Clear skin?
What foods are believed to help your skin?
- whole grains
- unprocessed fruits and vegetables
Foods containing the following ingredients are also thought to be beneficial for the skin because they reduce inflammation:
- the mineral zinc
- vitamin A and E
- chemicals called antioxidants
Some skin-friendly food choices include:
- yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apricots, and sweet potatoes
- spinach and other dark green and leafy vegetables
- whole-wheat bread
- brown rice
- pumpkin seeds
- beans, peas, and lentils
- salmon, mackerel, and other kinds of fatty fish
Everyone’s body is different, and some people find that they get more acne when they eat certain foods. Under your doctor’s supervision, it can be helpful to experiment with your diet to see what works best for you.
Always take into account any food allergies or sensitivities you may have when planning your diet.
Sample meal plan
Breakfast 1 cup whole-grain, fortified cereal1 cup nut milk (like almond)1 cup sliced strawberries or 1 medium grapefruit1 cup green tea
Lunch Grilled chicken sandwich5 oz chicken breast2 slices whole-grain bread2 slices tomato1 leaf lettuce1/8 of avocado1 tsp mustard1 medium apple
Dinner 5 oz wild salmonSpinach salad2 cups fresh spinach1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper1/2 cup chopped tomato1/2 cup broccoliToss with 1 tbsp each olive oil and balsamic vinegar1 medium baked sweet potato
Snacks/dessert 8 oz nonfat plain yogurt or 1 part-skim string cheese1 oz sunflower seeds1 small orange or 1 cup baby carrots1 oz dark chocolate or 1 glass red wine
The Clear Skin Diet: What to eat for Clear skin?