Healthy Foods Go Skin Deep
Eating the right foods is great for the inside of your body, but the results of a healthy diet can be seen on your face, too. If you have a problem with acne, then a healthy eating plan can improve your complexion by up to 20 percent. Diet definitely plays a role, but it's not a substitute for proper skin care or seeing the doctor, according to dermatologists. But researchers do believe certain types of food can reduce - or promote -- breakouts.
The good stuff includes superfoods, or those that contain high levels of antioxidants. Bilberries and blueberries are great sources. Nuts and other omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods may diminish inflammation around glands in the skin, which means less redness and swelling surrounding a breakout. Fatty fish like salmon and herring also contain omega-3s. Taking a fish-oil supplement is good, too, if you prefer. Foods that may stimulate oil production resulting in acne include milk and other dairy products, due to hormones. Even formulas that are labeled "hormone-free" or "organic" contain natural hormones passed on from the cow.