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Escaping the Acne Trap

Updated on November 28, 2012

According to research, acne is a purely hormone-caused problem, and no particular food can lead to or stop a breakout.

However, a good diet, adequate water intake and regular exercise hold great impact on your body, and may be a good start in developing a regimen for clear, healthy, beautiful skin.

Knowing which food to grab extra servings of and which food to cut back on can guarantee good skin results faster and more effectively. This being said, here is a list of the best and worst skin food that you need to take in account in your day to day eating habits:

The Best Skin Food for Acne

  • Zinc-rich food such as crabs, chicken, lobster, almonds, baked beans, oysters and Swiss cheese are good for you because the mineral zinc promotes wound-healing! This will clear away acne scabs and scars to give way to a healthy new layer.

  • Vitamin A is a good substitute to the acne-treating drug retinoid and can be found in food such as tomato juice, peaches, mangoes, red bell peppers and oatmeal. Vitamin A contributes to healthy vision, reproductive organs, and healthy body tissue.

  • To reduce skin inflammation and acne flare-ups, Omega 3 fatty acid-rich food like fish (certain kinds such as salmon, tuna, herring, etc), flaxseed oil, and ground walnuts can do the trick. Studies show that they can even prevent breakouts from happening.

The Worst Skin Food for Acne

  • Too much fat in your diet can aggravate blood sugar problems which is a major factor of acne. An excess of fat in the bloodstream can also slow down nutrient and oxygen transport to skin cells, making it unhealthy and prone to acne. You might want to rethink this before biting into that burger.

  • Dairy products such as cheese and milk are a big no-no because they contain high levels of fat which can cause problems, as stated above. Studies also show that most of our milk is taken from pregnant cows, which is full of hormones that could stimulate the production of sebum (the oil that causes acne). Cutting back on dairy product servings can prove very beneficial to the skin.

  • Attention coffee lovers! Caffeine, a substance mostly found in tea and coffee, triggers adrenalin glands to release stress hormones. An increase in stress levels in the body can play a major factor in acne outbreaks, so you might want to lessen your intake on this one.

A strict adherence to this list is not required, but having knowledge on the effects of these types of food on your skin may help you in developing a better diet than your usual supersized meals and cans of beer.

So the next time you peek into the fridge for a midnight snack, take your skin into consideration and go healthy instead. These little sacrifices can generate big results in the long run, and you will only have yourself to thank for it. Get started on a skin-friendly meal now!

Best Vitamins and Supplements to Prevent Acne

Hectic schedules seem to be all the rage in this day and age. There’s always work to be finished, an errand to be run, an exam to study for, etc.

Because of this, caring for your skin can prove to be quite a tough challenge, especially when you can’t find time in your day to relax and get facial treatments and the like.

But a busy woman (or man) need not worry, because there is a multitude of vitamins and minerals that could boost skin health and prevent acne breakouts, especially the dreaded acne from happening. They can be found at our nearest supermarket or even in your very own pantry!

All you need to do is know what they are so that you could include these in your daily food intake and voila, you are on your way to having clear, beautiful and acne-free skin in no time. Here is a list of the many supplements you could look out for:

Vitamin A

A drug called retinoid, used in treating acne and other skin disorders, is actually a derivative of Vitamin A. This drug can be taken either orally or topically as prescribed by dermatologists, and usually goes by the name isotretionoin. Carotenoids, as it is called in food, is found in tomato juice, fruits like papaya, mangoes and peaches, oatmeal and red bell peppers.

Vitamins C and E

Vitamins C and E contain antioxidants which help promote youthful-looking skin. These can be found in citrusy fruits like lemons and oranges, but can also be sold in vitamin packs as a form of an over the counter drug.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty acids contain inflammation-reducing properties that could aid in preventing acne flare-ups and other skin irritations. Research even goes as far as saying they can prevent entire acne breakouts. To stock up on these fatty acids, a load of food can be included in your diet such as certain types of fish like salmon, herring and tuna, ground walnuts and flaxseed, as well as flaxseed oil.

(An additional note on skin inflammation is that it is also caused by a deficiency in Vitamin B6.)


People with scars left behind by breakouts should listen to this closely. Zinc is a mineral found in most seafood such as lobster and oysters, nuts like almonds and peanuts and other food such as chicken, baked beans and Swiss cheese.

Zinc is proven to be an effective substance in treating acne, and promotes wound-healing to prevent scars and scabs from forming. Zinc supplements are readily available as an over the counter drug in most pharmacies, but it would be better to take in this mineral through a hearty meal containing food rich in it.

But before fully committing yourself to this, it is always a good thing to have someone countercheck these supplements for you as to ensure that they are fit for your kind of lifestyle and age.

A few more tips about what vitamins and supplements you can take to stop acne in its tracks can be found on this page as well.

Remember to always consult with a dermatologist or any skin care expert beforehand.

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