Many people that have acne treat it with topical methods such as face washes, soaps and ointments but one thing that most acne sufferers fail to recognize is that a major contributing factor to acne is the foods you eat so changing your diet can do a lot more towards fighting these breakouts that any lotions or skin treatments.
Everyone should eat a healthy diet rich in fruits vegetables whole grains and beans but those who suffer from acne should pay particular attention to what they are eating and try to include these foods. While changing your diet to include certain foods you'll want to avoid others such as milk and milk products, margarine, shortening, anything containing trans fatty acids or hydrogenated oils and fried foods should be eaten in moderation if at all.
It seems like the American diet is one that almost guarantees acne especially for the typical teenager. This diet is high in fried foods, particularly from fast food restaurants which uses the most harmful fats and oils. Combine that with our favorite foods such as bacon, cheese, ice cream and milk and you have a recipe for disaster as far as your complexion goes.
The problem with acne is that it is really caused by bacteria underneath the skin. Pimples and blemishes result from clogged oil glands and hair follicles which could be contributed to by a diet of fried, fatty, processed sugar laden foods.
A diet rich in raw or lightly cooked vegetables can help relieve unsightly blemishes and also leave your skin glowing with health. Green leafy vegetables are particularly good for the skin and contain valuable minerals and fiber. Also, you should eat lean protein such as fish and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. The fruits vegetables and whole grains will help keep your digestive system clean which will help your body keep acne under control.
Watermelon, broccoli and apricots are rich in vitamin A and these as well as nuts, whole grains and lean beef, which is rich in zinc, can help to reduce breakouts of acne. In addition to avoiding fatty, processed and sugary foods and switching to a diet full of raw vegetables and lean meats you should make sure to drink enough water each day as this will help flush out the toxins that can help contribute to breakouts as well as keep your skin looking hydrated and healthy.
Treating acne by eating healthy foods makes good sense and is one more weapon in the fight against unsightly blemishes. not only will eating better help with your complexion but it will add to your overall health and help boost your immune system. The foods listed above all contain vital nutrients - vitamins, minerals and enzymes that help disarm antioxidants that can help fight a host of diseases and help you to live a healthier, longer and more radiant life.
Lee Dobbins writes for Natural Health Buzz where you can learn more about getting healthy in a natural way and how you can fight illness with healthy foods .