Acne is often synonymous with teenagehood but can persist late into adulthood, with at least 15% of women in the US complaining of the problem. Although it does not pose any severe health problem, acne can be a confidence killer, especially in today’s society where we are spending so much time in front of a camera!
One definite way to counter the impact of this condition is to incorporate acne-fighting foods that are easily available at your local farmers’ market, into your regular diet.
Some of these acne fighting foods include:
The dense nutrients found in kale set it apart from other vegetables, particularly the cabbage family. Aside from its high fiber content, kales are also endowed with vitamins A, B-6, C, and K, as well as manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper, and calcium. These vitamins and minerals, in addition to antioxidants in kale, reduce hyperpigmentation, thus being one of our favorite acne fighting foods because it helps even out the skin. Vitamin c, on the other hand, aids in collagen formation, a structural protein that increases cell turnover rate, therefore repairing acne scars.
2. Sweet potatoes
Rich in beta-carotene, sweet potatoes will do your skin a lot of good. The body converts this red-orange pigment to vitamin A, which has a derivative known as retinol that fights acne and wards off wrinkles. Although there is a proliferation of retinol creams and serums in the market, touted as the solution to acne problems, sweet potatoes, an acne-fighting food that offers this derivative in its natural form, are thus a healthier and more effective alternative.
Renowned for its astringent properties, the lemon, especially in its juice form, is efficient in tightening sagging skin and blurring blemishes making it many professional estheticians favorite acne fighting foods. However, concentrated lemon juice is overly acidic and can destroy your skin’s barrier, making it excessively lightened or darkened after exposure to sunlight. However, when added to water or consumed as part of the diet to lessen the acidity, you get to enjoy all the perks without incurring the adverse effects, especially when you include the peel. As an acne-fighting food, lemon blurs acne scars in addition to benefits such as increased collagen production.
Among the essential constituents for healthy skin is zinc, which regulates oil production, reducing the likelihood of developing acne. Pumpkin is loaded with this mineral, and making it part of your regular diet will be reflected in clear, radiant skin. The invaluable importance of pumpkin to healthy skin cannot be overstated, so much so that it is used in many masks and exfoliating products.
Papayas are rich in papain, a digestive enzyme that
- Exfoliates dead skin cells
- Unclogs pores
- Blurs acne scars
- Hydrates the skin
- Prevents breakouts
Papaya also contains vitamins A, C, and K, B vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium, improving skin elasticity and reducing wrinkles.
Desperate to get rid of the persistent acne? Worry no more because CHANGES Salon & Day Spa have got you covered. Create a healthy routine for your skin, including diet, healthy skincare products, and occasional facials with our professional esthetician.