Your skin on food
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.