For some time, people believed certain foods, such as chocolate or foods rich in oil, caused acne.
Though this is a myth, eating well and maintaining other healthy habits, such as exercise, can
clear up your acne and reduce the occurrence of new breakouts. Several healthy foods can help
you eat your way to clearer skin.
Fish, Flax, and Nuts
Most Americans know they need protein, but they tend to get it from omega-6 fatty acids. These
are fine in moderation, but too many can cause acne to flare up. To keep your skin clear, cut back
on omega-6 acids and focus on omega-3 acids. These are traditionally found in fish as well as
other high-protein sources like nuts; walnuts in particular. You can also get omega-3 acids from
grains like flaxseed. Consider adding them to a bowl of granola or a breakfast smoothie.
Green tea is filled with powerful antioxidants, including ECGC. Korean researchers recently
found drinking green tea reduces the size of your sebaceous glands, which are often enlarged in
people with acne. If you don’t like to drink tea, try placing a cooled tea bag or cloth dipped in
green tea on vulnerable facial areas for 10-15 minutes a day.
Foods With Probiotics
Did you know your gastrointestinal tract’s health can predict how much you’ll struggle with
acne? A 2011 study found intestinal microflora and other bacteria aggravate acne. To prevent
this, eat plenty of foods containing probiotics. Examples include miso soup, pickles, dark
chocolate, and yogurt. Many Asian foods, like kimchi and tempeh, can also help.