Your skin health cannot solely rely on the products you apply, it is important to start your regime from within. Eating the right foods is not only essential for your internal health, but also for healthier, acne free skin. For centuries, numerous cultures and health practices including Ayurveda, apply the very basic science of; the skin reflects what’s happening on the inside. Acne is the reflection of a physical imbalance; a vitiation of both the energetic forces called the doshas and the body tissues. You can help treat your acne by eating a diet that brings these forces back into balance. Toxins and bacteria that aren't released, get stored in the body for long periods of time before finally sprouting out as pimples and acne. Without the right diet, you cannot expect healthy or lasting improvement in your skin.
Here are 12 foods to include in your diet that will help your body cleanse for clearer, Acne free skin:
With the highest recorded levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world, measuring up to 100 times the Vitamin C content found in an orange, Kakadu Plum the perfect inclusion to the diet for healthier skin. Due to its extreme potency, you only need around 1g of Freeze Dried Kakadu Plum powder to match the Vitamin C content found in an entire orange. Celebrated for its medicinal properties and known antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent it is great to clear pimple-causing bacteria and aid in Acne free skin. Kakadu Plum is also a wonderful topical ingredient which is an active ingredient in our Complexion Cream
Green foods such as spinach are rich in chlorophyll, which helps cleanse bacteria and toxins from the digestive tract and bloodstream. Spinach is rich in Vitamin A, which naturally acts as an anti-acne agent. Also high in B vitamins which improve the skin's health as well as vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant; reducing inflammation and free radicals. Spinach is also high in protein, which restores collagen in the skin and helps improve your natural glow, reduces fine lines and helps to control breakouts. Lastly, it’s a great source of iron which can improve blood flow to the skin and restore the metabolism.
Not only do carrots keep your eyes healthy, but they also fight and prevent acne! They are rich in a variety of carotenoids including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lycopene. These powerful antioxidants help create a protective shield over skin cells, therefore protecting the skin from UV rays. They also help flush out toxins from the body especially the liver. Carrots are an alkaline food that assists in clearing acidity in the body by eliminating toxins and excess salts that cause acne.
Rich in vitamin C, red, yellow and green bell peppers are a great anti-acne food. Most acne and pimples usually come with inflammation, eating vitamin C rich foods such as bell peppers will help to soothe red and inflamed acne.
It’s the only type of nut that contains a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts pack an omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid which can improve skin's elasticity. Walnuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral which boosts the production of collagen and helps to improve your skin's complexion.
Turmeric fights inflammation and brightens the appearance of the skin. It also acts as a natural remedy against internal bacteria and toxins that can lead to acne. Also, a wonderful ingredient to use topically mixed with a Moisturising Mask
Rich in Vitamin E they help to enhance immune function, allowing the body to fight off the inflammation that leads to acne. They also help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body.
These berries are loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, and omega fatty acids. Antioxidants aid in helping cells defend against free radical damage.
Rich in antioxidants, including a flavonoid known as anthocyanin, pomegranates are perfect to eat for clearer, Acne free skin. Anthocyanin promotes optimum cell regrowth which prevents clogged pores and also stimulates cell regeneration.
These delicious berries contain vitamin C, which is responsible for cell repair and tissue growth. Blueberries also contain antioxidants that fight off free radicals, which steal oxygen from healthy skin cells, causing dull and unhealthy skin.
Pumpkin’s orange hue is from carotenoids. This wrinkle-fighting plant pigment helps neutralise free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging. Pumpkins are full of the vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin
A rich source of Vitamin C, K, A and copper. Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen which is needed for strong and healthy skin. Vitamin K is thought to ward off cancer by fighting off free radicals and the sulphur content helps protect skin from harmful UV rays.