How Does Food Affect Acne?

Clear skin and overall good health requires regular exercise, adequate sleep, avoiding excessive exposure to the sun and pollutants, as well as a diet rich in important nutrients.

Research shows that food does not actually cause acne, but certain types of diets and sensitivities to certain foods may exacerbate acne. An example is the iodine in kelp, a a seaweed that is an ingredient you may not even be aware exists in some of the foods you eat. Iodized salt can also provoke acne break outs.

Deep-fried food, chocolate and sugary snacks may also inflame your skin. To rule out that a food sensitivity is worsening your acne, avoid suspect foods for 3 to 4 weeks. Then add them to your diet again to see if your skin is affected.

Though our food is not directly to blame, what we put into our food, may be a different story. In the West much of our food is processed and requires numerous additives and chemicals, that may cause sensitivities and allergies in the body.

Many of our meat, poultry, and dairy products may also contain hormones that were given to the lifestock to increase production. Studies show that these hormones are passed along the food chain to us during consumption and are causing a myriad of health issues. The possible worsening of acne symptoms due to these additives and hormones is only one of the the many reasons we need to promote Halal organic foods.

Your dietary choices can help decrease acne and build and maintain healthy skin. Good nutrition is the first line of defense against dreaded spots.

  • Eat foods rich in vitamin A, C and E to keep skin healthy. Medical research shows that beta carotene, which is converted by the body into vitamin A, may reduce sebum production in the skin. Add brightly colored fruits and dark green vegetables to your diet. Citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, and potatoes, are especially rich in vitamin C.
  • Vitamin B6 may help reduce acne by helping to balance hormones. Vitamin B6 is found in meat, fish, poultry, whole grains, beans, lentils, avocados, nuts, potatoes, bananas, and leafy greens.
  • The mineral zinc helps to transport nutrients to the skin, promotes healthy hormone levels and advances healing. Seafood -especially oysters and prawns- poultry, yogurt, milk and whole grains contain ampke amounts of zinc.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids help keep skin healthy, firm and clear. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in seafood such as salmon and tuna and in flax seed.