Your skin on food

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health - Pro­bi­otics An­tiox­i­dants Omega-3 fatty acids

Think­ing of switch­ing up your plate for bet­ter skin? Here, some foods that can en­hance – or po­ten­tially ag­gra­vate – your com­plex­ion. Found in pick­les, kom­bucha and sauer­kraut, they may help re­duce in­flam­ma­tion by en­cour­ag­ing healthy bac­te­ria to grow in your gut. Acne suf­fer­ers tend to have fewer of th­ese com­plex­ion boost­ers, ex­plains Dr Bowe. Snack on berries and dark greens to get your fill. In­flam­ma­tion-fight­ing foods, like sal­mon and wal­nuts, have a higher ra­tio of omega-3s (the good fats!) than omega6s, re­veals Dr Ri­etk­erk.

Low lev­els of this es­sen­tial min­eral have been con­nected to more se­vere acne, says Dr Ri­etk­erk. Chew cashews and al­monds to up your in­take. The oil of the mo­ment could be a pore clog­ger. Con­sider swap­ping it for sun­flow­erseed oil if you see break­outs around your mouth. One study showed that this in­gre­di­ent could lead to acne. Dr Bowe has seen im­prove­ment when pa­tients elim­i­nate bars that con­tain it. “Th­ese raise blood sugar,” re­veals Jen­nifer. That causes hor­mone lev­els to rise. Stick to whole, high-fi­bre foods in­stead, like fresh veggies.

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