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Acne or the pimples are a skin condition, an infected sebaceous gland in the skin which occurs when the hair follicles or the pores on the surface are plugged with oil, dirt, bacteria, or dead skin cells. The pimples can range from uninflamed blackheads or whiteheads to pus-filled large, red bumps, which can be sometimes tender and painful. And can pop up anywhere on the body, especially face, neck, back, armpits, and sometimes on the genitals. Though getting acne or pimples at a young age is very common, due to hormonal changes and lifestyle, few other reasons may include;
- Oily skin (excess oil production)
- Pores or hair follicles clogged with oil, dirt, or dead skin cells
- Bacteria
- Makeup
- Certain medicines

There are many over the counter medications to treat severe acne and home remedies to remove small pimples. But it is equally important to eat a proper, balanced diet to keep the skin healthy from inside. Let's look at a few food remedies to keep the skin healthy and reduce the pimples outbreak.

Food to Eat

1. Water - Water is the best drink of all. Water not only keeps the body and skin hydrated but also removes the toxins, and impurities from the body. Many people believe that increased water intake provides a radiant, glowing skin.

2. Foods, rich in Vitamin E - Healthy nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecan, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, etc.) and green leafy vegetables (spinach, mustard, collards, lettuce, kale, etc.) are rich in vitamin E, which helps to improve the vitality of the skin and protects it against acne production.

3. Foods, rich in Vitamin C - Found in citric fruits and vegetables like oranges, lemon, tomatoes, mandarins, grapefruit, and melon, etc. protect the skin against scarring and helps to heal the damaged and irritated skin.

4. Antioxidants - Found in green vegetables (spinach, kale, mustard greens), berries (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, cranberry), healthy nuts (pecan, walnuts, raisins), Fruits (apple, plum), beans, dark chocolate, green tea, etc. Antioxidants in these foods attack the free radicals which cause to damage the skin.

5. Selenium - Foods like onion, garlic, sunflower seeds, eggs, turkey meat, nuts, and corn, etc. are known to contain an amount of selenium, which helps to reduce the inflammation and preserves the elasticity.

6. Omega - 3 - Found in walnuts, eggs, salmon, sardines, beans, soy, tofu, chia seeds, wild rice, broccoli, hemp, cashew, brussels sprout. And omega - 3 helps to reduce the inflammation and removes the blemishes.

7. Magnesium - Foods like tofu, avocado, chards, banana, turtle beans, cashew, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, legumes, whole grains, etc. are rich in magnesium and helps to regulate the acne-inducing hormones.

Food to Avoid

1. Sugar - Sugary food or white sugar contains inflammatory properties that can help to aggravate the skin.

2. Dairy product - Studies show certain hormones present in the dairy product can stimulate the sebaceous glands, producing more oil which clogs the skin pores.

3. Refined Flour - It is believed that a high carb diet raises the blood sugar level, increasing the insulin level. Insulin activates the androgen hormones, which contributes to produce acne.

4. Spicy food - Spicy food can cause a gastrointestinal problem, leading to acne. It is believed from a long time that stomach problem can cause acne.

5. Fast food - Including processed food, burger, fries, soda, canned diet, etc. are known to cause acne. Though it is not clear why these food products cause acne, some studies show fast food can affect the hormone changes in the body, leading to acne.

6. Omega-6 Fats - Food includes flaxseed, sunflower seed, nuts, soy oil, etc. The omega-6 increases the inflammation level, which leads to breakouts.

7. Deep fried food - Many pieces of research shows, consumption of oily, deep fried food can aggravate the pimples.

*Disclaimer- This article is written to provide only information and general idea.
This article should not be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition.
Please consult your healthcare provider before any diagnosis, treatment or medication.


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