Di­etary changes to get rid of acne

Beauty ex­perts tell you what to eat and what to skip if you have acne-prone skin

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If you have been blam­ing your skin­care regime and prod­ucts for those stub­born acne on your nose and chin, you have missed out an im­por­tant point. While lack of skin­care can lead to break­outs, they mainly oc­cur due to our di­etary choices. You are what you eat, and so eat­ing right is what ex­perts sug­gest. So ,if you are suf­fer­ing from acne-prone skin, then opt for th­ese di­etary changes and de­velop th­ese healthy snack­ing habits. Avoid car­bo­hy­drate rich foods: Stud­ies in­di­cate that car­bo­hy­drate rich foods such as bread, bagels and chips of­ten trig­ger acne. “A diet with a high glycemic in­dex — ba­si­cally, pro­cessed foods like bread and re­fined grains that are quickly bro­ken down into sugar can have a ter­ri­ble ef­fect on skin as re­fined carbs cause your in­sulin lev­els to spike, which in turn leads to in­creased se­bum pro­duc­tion and clogged pores,” says Dr Geetika Mit­tal Gupta, beauty ex­pert. Avoid dairy prod­ucts: Some dairy prod­ucts should be struck out on your diet plan, “Acne can oc­cur be­cause of PCOD, which is caused due to pro­lactin hor­mones. Buf­faloes and cows are given pro­lactin in­jec­tions due to which the milk pro­duced be­comes rich in pro­lactin. So one should opt for al­mond or co­conut milk in­stead,” says So­nia Narang, well­ness ex­pert, Ori­flame In­dia. Cut down on sugar: Sugar causes hor­monal fluc­tu­a­tions and is of­ten the cause of acne break­outs. Aer­ated drinks need to be avoided. They are low on nu­tri­tion and high on chem­i­cals and sugar. Let your drink of choice be mint-in­fused water with a dash of lemon or co­conut water. Green tea is also an ex­cel­lent an­tiox­i­dant, which cleanses the sys­tem.

Keep your stom­ach clean: Stom­ach prob­lems have a di­rect connection to acne break­outs. “Intestinal mi­croflora af­fect in­flam­ma­tions, so make sure that pro­bi­otics are part of your diet,” says Nelo­far Cur­rimb­hoy, beauty ex­pert. Go for low fat yo­gurt drinks or whey water. Omega-3 fatty acids: If you have acne prone skin, ex­perts sug­gest in­take of Omega-3 fatty acids. Th­ese fatty acids are found in salmon and fish oil sup­ple­ments. An­tiox­i­dants: An­tiox­i­dants such as vi­ta­mins A, C and E, found in fruits, veg­eta­bles, and green tea help in re­duc­ing acne. “They have an anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect on skin. A cup or two of Green tea daily is ben­e­fi­cial,” says Ishika Taneja, beauty ex­pert. High-fi­bre diet: A high-fiber diet and food rich in se­le­nium and zinc is also ben­e­fi­cial. In­stead of white bread, go for brown bread, which is made from wheat-germ. You should in­crease in­take of fruits and leafy green veg­eta­bles in your di­etary plan as it helps clean im­pu­ri­ties from the body.

Fruits are im­por­tant: Take 3-5 help­ings of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, such as pa­paya, pineap­ple, ba­nana, car­rot and or­anges. “Beta carotene in them pro­motes healthy skin,” says Narang.

Oil-based food: Deep fried foods ag­gra­vate acne so cut down the oil con­tent in your food. Oats in your morn­ing meal help in ab­sorb­ing ex­cess oil in the sys­tem and also clear the stom­ach.

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