What Foods Are Good For Acne?

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I get constantly asked ‘what foods are good for acne?’

Now, there is no conclusive evidence which proves that poor nutrition causes acne but I do believe that good nutrition can help to reduce acne.

In this article I am going to discuss which foods to include and increase in your diet to reduce your acne.

Acne is a common problem among teenagers because of changes in their hormones at that time of life and it even affects some adults.

Acne is cause by too much sebum being produced by the sebaceous glands which blocks pores within the skin causing infection.

The areas of the body acne typically affects are:

  • The Face
  • The Back
  • The Chest
  • The Groin
  • The Buttocks
So, What Foods Are Good For Acne?

Sulphur containing foods are good for acne. Which Foods Contain Sulphur?

  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Dairy Products
  • Cabbage
  • Beef
  • Fish
  • Dried Beans
What Is Sulphur And Why Is It Good For Your Skin?

Sulphur is an essential mineral which means your body needs it to function properly.

Sulphur is essential for healthy hair, nails and yes, you have guessed it… your skin.

In fact, sulphur is very good at making your hair more lustrous, plus it tones up your skin and helps to fight bacterial infections such as… acne

It is for this reason, that sulphur is commonly used in many natural topical skin products, which you may find in your local health store.

OK, so we now know that sulphur is good for the skin and we also know which foods contain sulphur.

So, Are There Any Other Foods Which Can Help With Acne?

Yes, foods containing essential fatty acids, EFA’s for short.

What Foods Contain EFA’s?

  • Oily Fish
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Whole Grain Cereal
  • Green leafy Vegetables
So, What Are EFA’s And Why Are They Good For Acne?

Essential fatty acids are a group of oils which are needed by the body to function properly.

Now, if your body lacks EFA’s, one of the symptoms is acne.

EFA’s are also good at reducing acne because they have anti-inflammatory properties.

We have already discussed that the mineral sulphur is good for acne but there is also another mineral which may help your acne… zinc.

So, What Foods Contain Zinc?

  • Seafood (especially oysters)
  • Red Meat
  • Mustard
  • Wheat Germ
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pulses (especially black eyed peas)
  • Tofu
  • Brewer’s Yeast
What Is Zinc And Why Is It Good For Your Acne?

Zinc is an essential mineral which means your body needs it to function properly.

Now, zinc is good for immunity, hormones and skin health, so including zinc foods in your diet may help with your acne.

So, to summarise…

Foods which are good for acne are those which contain sulphur, zinc and essential fatty acids.

These foods are:

  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Dairy Products
  • Dried Beans
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Green leafy Vegetables
  • Mustard
  • Nuts
  • Oily Fish
  • Onions
  • Pulses
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Red Meat
  • Seafood
  • Seeds
  • Tofu
  • Whole Grain Cereal

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