Cure Your Adult Acne Naturally
By Karen Azeez
Acne is no fun at any age, but it in adulthood, this painful and unsightly condition can seriously affect your social life and how you are perceived in the workplace – that’s why so many of us spend our hard-earned cash on the latest acne treatment breakthrough, whether it’s from the drugstore or the dermatologist. Worse yet, we are often left disappointed with our skin dried out, red and irritated.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are natural ways to heal acne that will also boost your overall health. First, you need to understand what acne is and what causes it: acne happens when pores become blocked with natural oils and dirt from our hands and environmental pollution. If the pore is open to the air, the clog will appear as a blackhead. But, if oil is trapped below the surface of the skin, it provides a nice little breeding ground for bacteria, leading to pimples – skin eruptions that can look red and inflamed.
Our diets have a HUGE effect on not only on how much oil your skin produces, but also on how our skin can renew and recover. The food choices we make can either lead to a flare-up or leave our skin glowing and vibrant.
Let’s start by eliminating (or reducing your intake) of the worst offenders:
White pasta, bread and rice – A diet filled with simple carbohydrates (as opposed to whole grains) causes your insulin levels to spike, which leads to a burst of inflammation throughout the body. This reaction often leads to an overproduction of oil and an immune response on the skin level.
Soda, candy and cupcakes – Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. In addition to exacerbating skin conditions like acne and rosacea, glycation can also hasten wrinkles, sagging skin and other forms of aging.
So what SHOULD you include for radiant skin?
Thankfully, beautiful, clear skin can be built from the inside out. In addition to proper self-care – getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water and managing stress – good nutrition can ward off a host of skin problems, help repair acne and even delay signs of aging. In fact, the best defense against acne and other skin issues is a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals, which also nourish and protect skin to extend its youthful appearance.
To start, add more delicious whole foods with the following:
1. Zinc – A natural anti-inflammatory that promotes skin renewal and healthy, quick turnovers of skin cells to help conquer acne. On top of that, zinc is critically involved in protecting cell membranes as well as healing and helping maintain the collagen that keeps skin firm.
Great sources include: organic yogurt, beans, chicken, turkey, oysters, nuts and seeds.
2. Vitamin E – This vitamin helps protect cell membrane, guards against UV radiation damage and has amazing healing properties.
Great sources include: peanuts, pine nuts, olive oil, avocado, broccoli and mangoes.
3. Beta carotene – These aid in the growth and repair of skin tissue and protect against sun damage.
Great sources include: carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, butternut squash, spinach and kale.
4. Vitamin C – This vitamin boosts collagen production, strengthens the skin’s immunity and promotes healing.
Great sources include: camu camu powder, guava, citrus fruit, spinach, broccoli, sugar snap peas and tomatoes.
5. Selenium – This protects skin quality and elasticity.
Great sources include: Brazil nuts, chicken, turkey and tuna.
6. Omega-3 fatty acids – These have anti-inflammatory properties and help maintain cell membranes so that they are effective barriers, allowing water and nutrients in and keeping toxins out.
Great sources include: wild salmon, anchovies, walnuts, chia and flax.
7. Probiotics – We now know that probiotics – found in fermented foods – do so much more than just keeping your tummy settled; they are actually an essential component of our immune system and, thereby, play an important role in keeping your skin healthy.
Great sources include: unflavored organic yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and tempeh.
Why not save some cash, boost your health and save your sanity by looking in your fridge first when you’re ready to cure your acne? Comment about your experiences below.
Health Coach, Wellness Expert and Freelance Writer
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Karen Azeez is a health coach, wellness expert and freelance writer. Karen helps busy men and women incorporate simple lifestyle changes into their daily routine to address issues such as weight gain, insomnia, stress and digestion problems. Karen enjoys cooking healthy meals, hiking with her husband and border collie and watching way too many TV shows about wedding dress shopping.
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