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6 Types of Food To Eat To Keep Acne At Bay

Posted on April 05 2017

There are numerous ways to alleviate the symptoms of acne and they include maintaining a thorough cleansing skincare routine with products suited for oily skin, adopting a healthy lifestyle with adequate exercise and watching what you eat.

Experts agree that certain types of food trigger acne and it would be best to reduce or to eliminate these foods from one’s diet in order to keep acne at bay. On the other hand, there are some foods that are not only delicious but also aid in battling acne.  Incorporate these 6 types of food into your diet and eat your way to acne-free skin!

Foods rich in Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty oil is effective in reducing inflammation and can be found in salmon, albacore tuna and mackerel. For those of you who do not eat fish, there are many Omega-3 supplement pills available in pharmacies all over our island.

Vegetarian Option: Flaxseeds/Chia Seeds

Fruits and vegetables packed with Vitamin A

Vitamin A is another component that helps reduce inflammation and it is also effective in drying out excess oil. This type of vitamin is commonly found in most orange vegetables and fruits such as carrots, sweet potatoes, nectarines, peaches, apricots and pumpkins. and vegetables high in water we hcontent include cucumber, zucchini, radish and celery.

Fruits and vegetables high in water content

8 glasses of water daily – we have been taught to drink this amount of water every day to flush out toxins and to keep our body hydrated. However, not everyone enjoys drinking water and satisfying the daily intake of up to 2 litres of it may be a difficult task for some. That is where these fruits and vegetables come in; to supplement your water intake, you can choose to include cucumber, zucchini, radish, celery, watermelon, grapefruit or cantaloupe into your diet. With adequate water in your system, you can clear your skin of blemishes and free it of acne!

Zinc-loaded foods

When it comes to food loaded with Zinc, there is no other like oysters. You don’t even have to eat too many of it, in fact, as a mere single serving of oysters contains double the daily recommended intake of Zinc which literally fights acne by defeating acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammatory reactions to these bacteria.

Vegetarian Option: Spinach. Pumpkin Seeds

Foods packed with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are important in the battle against acne as they prevent the damages of free radicals to the skin and reduce inflammation. By having an ample supply of antioxidants in your body, your skin will be protected from toxins attempting to break past the epidermis layer of the skin, keeping it clear and acne-free. Foods that are packed with antioxidants include berries (think vibrant strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), green tea, dark chocolate, spinach and cherries.

Foods high in Chronium content

High sugar levels in the blood causes the sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum which causes breakouts and acne in more serious cases. Chromium is able to effectively stabilize blood sugar levels to prevent the excessive production of sebum. Some examples of foods that are high in Chronium include romaine lettuce, corn, oats and free-range eggs.


You can definitely eat your way to acne-free skin with this list of the top types of food to include in your daily diet. To fight a more effective battle against acne, take note to cut down on dairy products, processed foods and alcohol.

Pair a healthy diet with a skincare routine suited to your skin type for gorgeous and glowing skin.


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