We often hear people say that what we eat affects the way our skin looks. In my tryst with food, I have realised that food can be a better elixir for skin than many topical skincare products. This is especially true for acne-prone skin.
While food obviously doesn’t act like medicine and immediately zap zits, it does make acne-prone skin–which is greasy, imbalanced, and irritated–a lot more smooth, calm, and healthy. The following foods helped keep my acne under control and skin glowing:
Fermented or cultured foods like yogurt
Healthy bacteria or yeast can go a long way in keeping your skin clear. For those who have fungal acne on the forehead, applying lactic acid in the form of yogurt can actually banish pimples.
But even if you want to eat your way to a beautiful skin, foods like yoghurt, kimchi, kombucha, and sauerkraut are great for keeping the gut clean and healthy. When the digestive ecosystem is stable with enough good bacteria, a lot of acne goes away as the body naturally heals itself and goes back to functioning normally.
Cooling the system with tummy-savers
Acne can often be caused by an irritated bowel, so tummy-cooling foods like curd and bananas help soothe it. In fact, for many people like me with chin acne, treating a stomach infection helps treat acne itself–whether with prescribed antibiotics that target the bacterial infection, or with foods like curd.
Tummy coolers are not only full of nutrients that keep skin healthy, but they also target the root cause of acne.
Treating acne scars with brightening tomatoes
Even if you don’t have a lot of active acne, the scars left behind by those two tiny pimples can take a long time to go away. Eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can help reverse many kinds of skin damage, so I thought I’d try it out. Fortunately, it worked.
Eating tomatoes can actually make your complexion more even. Tomatoes contain lycopene that are great for treating pigmentation, wrinkles, and other signs of sun damage and overall skin-ageing. Eating them, in my experience, helps keep skin bright and glowing. Additionally, it is known to have antioxidant benefits and can protect skin from damage at the hands of free radicals and harsh sun exposure. This goes a long way in making sure that acne scars don’t worsen from being under the harsh Indian sun.
Eating sea fish for healing pitted skin
The proteins and good fats in sea fish help rebuild and repair damaged skin cells common in those with bumpy, pitted acne-prone skin.
Many might think that fats are unnecessary for oily skin, but omega-3 fatty acids actually also help reduce inflammation. In addition to that, the vitamin E content in such fish helps reduce scarring by healing and fortifying skin, thereby making it luminous.
Drinking hot water with lemon and pure honey to detoxify
Technically a drink is not a food item, though this beverage is a classic for a reason. Not only does it aid digestion and get the bowels moving with the warm water and the enzymes in the honey–but it also treats skin with the lemon’s vitamin C and honey’s nourishing benefits. Glow-ups have never been easier.