But fear not! By adjusting our diets and incorporating certain plant-based foods, we can combat acne from the inside out and achieve a clear, glowing complexion.
Who says healthy eating has to be boring? With the abundance of fresh, deliciously seasonal produce available, we have plenty of refreshing options and skin-friendly meals. So put on your apron and get ready to whip up some tasty dishes with these top foods to combat acne during the spring months. Your skin (and taste buds) will thank you!
Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are a delicious and abundant during the spring time! Not only are they packed with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, but they are also a good source of vitamin C, which is important for healthy skin and are incredible astringents that pull toxins from the body.
Try making a quick and easy berry smoothie first thing in the morning by blending together a handful of mixed berries, some almond milk, and a scoop of plant-based hemp protein powder for an acne-fighting breakfast or snack.
- Leafy Greens
Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens are without a shadow of a doubt something you need in your daily diet. It's a great addition to any acne-fighting diet! These leafy greens are rich in vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy skin and are also a good source of fiber, which can help regulate hormones and reduce inflammation.
The easiest way to incorporate leafy greens is in a refreshing summer salad by tossing together some mixed greens and herbs such as cilantro and parsley, sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and avocado that provide amazing fatty acids. Drizzle with a simple lemon vinaigrette made from fresh lime juice, olive oil, Italian seasonings and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in plant-based foods such as flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts, can help reduce inflammation and prevent acne breakouts too because it's high in alpha-linolenic and linoleic acids. They are also important for overall skin health because of the vitamins E and B5 that help the skin cells get natural oils.
Try making a delicious chia seed pudding by combining chia seeds, almond milk, and a touch of maple syrup. Let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight or at least a couple hours, then top with fresh berries and chopped crunchy nuts for a satisfying and acne-fighting breakfast or dessert.
Turmeric is a spice that contains curcumin, a compound with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can help reduce inflammation in the body, which can in turn help prevent acne breakouts when taken with black pepper.
Make a refreshing turmeric iced tea by steeping fresh turmeric root in boiling water. Let the mixture cool then add a touch of honey, some ground black pepper with some sliced lemon. Serve over ice for a refreshing and acne-fighting drink during those hot spring/summer days!
- Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are the perfect way to add some flavor to your summer meals while also keeping your skin healthy! They are rich in vitamin C, which can help reduce inflammation and prevent acne breakouts!
Try making a simple citrus salad by slicing some oranges and grapefruits and tossing them with some mixed greens and sliced almonds. Drizzle with a simple vinaigrette made from fresh orange juice, olive oil, and a touch of honey for a refreshing, citrusy, acne-fighting side or main dish!
By incorporating these quick and easy plant-based foods into your daily diet, you can help keep your skin clear and healthy all season long. It's all about healing from the inside out, we'll be touching on how acne and any skin irritations are caused by your internal health soon. Get excited!