Can dietary changes get rid of acne? Eating healthier and taking supplements is a common recommendation for people looking to reduce their risks to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other medical conditions, so why shouldn’t diet also be included as a solution for the treatment acne? As a matter of fact, The Clear Skin Diet book stresses that “no matter what condition, disease or health problem you face, the root causes can be traced back to the same underlying factors, because the body is one whole integrated system. This includes your skin.”
Those are some great and encouraging words from experts so here are 5 dietary changes that you can make to help clear your acne.
1. Take Nutricosmetics Supplements
Nutricosmetics, a class of dietary supplements which are specifically formulated to promote skin health, is already popular in Asia and Europe and is becoming a thing here in the United States. Traditional topical products such as serums, masks and creams do not penetrate far enough into the skin to promote healthy skin inside and out.
A quick search of google will give a list of products that are currently available here in the United States. The ZSS Skincare, system is one of the nutricosmetic supplements that I have tried. Please note that a complimentary press sample of their clear skin (method 2) was provided to me in consideration for my opinion. Their Clear Skin (method 2) package contains zeaxanthin rich supplements which can be ingested orally and a serum which can be applied topically to the skin to help treat acne. Combined, the two (supplements plus serum) offers the first skin care system with a 360 degree approach for treating those pesky, self-esteem reducing zits.
I tried this system earlier this year and I found that over time, it helped to clear both my hormonal and cystic acne. The serum also gave my skin a really healthy glow and kept my skin hydrated. The supplements were easy to swallow and didn’t irritate or cause any issues with my extremely sensitive stomach.
I think it’s also important to note that these supplements are made here in the USA. ZSS Skincare also uses all naturally derived ingredients that are free of paraben sulfates, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, and dyes found in many skin care products.
2. Try This Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail
Apple Cider Vinegar helped me to get through back-to-back ailments that I have experience over the last several months. For me, it has become a magical cure-all. I’ve previously used the “elixir”topically as a toner to kill acne causing bacteria, but apparently this cocktail that was originally shared on the web by esthetician Sara Mattson has also worked wonders for acne sufferers.
2 tbsp Braggs apple cider vinegar (raw/organic)
Squeeze of lemon juice
1 tsp honey (optional)
12 oz. water
Honestly, no matter how diluted it is, Apple Cider Vinegar is not the easiest thing to swallow. Since, I am out of nutricosmetic supplements, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t also notice an improvement in my skin while I was sipping apple cider vinegar for those other reasons.
3. Add Zinc to Your Diet
Apparently zinc deficiency is a known cause for acne. According to clearskinforever.net symptoms of zinc deficiency include: white spots on fingernails, dry skin, hangnails, frequent colds, hair loss, diarrhea, low sex drive and acne. Taking zinc supplements or eating zinc-rich foods like oysters, lean beef, spinach and pumpkin and squash seeds could help your acne.
This is news to me…
4. Ditch Sugar and Refined Grains
A diet high in sugar causes over production of insulin which wreaks havoc on your hormones and aggravates acne. Refined grains such as white flour, create a rise in the glycemic index and produces a similar effect as sugar so if you want healthy skin, you might want to consider passing on the sugar and white bread.
5. Introduce Probiotics and Omega 3’s to your Diet
Adding Omega-3s to your diet can also help. Omega-3s have been shown to control the production of leukotriene B4, a molecule that can increase sebum and cause inflammatory acne. Omega-3s can be found in walnuts, avocados, flaxseed, chia, and fish, especially salmon. Probiotics also help to maintain balance in your digestive system and a healthy gut, apparently, result in healthy skin.
DISCLAIMER: Although these are over the counter products that has been extensively tested and written about, I would recommend that you ask your doctors opinion first before including this in your regimen.