Best Foods for Clear Skin

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If there is one mark of beauty and health that seems almost impossible to achieve, it’s a perfect complexion. People try anything from face washes to medications to expensive treatments all to make their skin look clear, youthful, and healthy. One key factor that is often overlooked, however; is diet. One problem: dieting for great skin isn’t as easy as it sounds, particularly when the American diet is saturated with refined sugars, and the research surrounding skin care is often contradicting.  It is also sometimes easy to forget that it is not the foods themselves that help keep skin clear and youthful, but the vitamins and macronutrients they contain. While many of these can be found in supplement form, eating them in a controlled diet is a cheaper, healthier alternative. If you find supplements necessary, talk with your doctor before starting any regimen, as the benefits and risks of many supplements are still unclear.

  1. Avocado

These delicious green fruits are filled with vitamin E, which is wonderful for skin health. Vitamin E is considered a strong antioxidant, and can also be found in green vegetables, fortified cereals, nuts, and eggs. Vitamin E has been thought to help rejuvenate the skin, and while applying it directly may cause irritation, consuming it in avocados is perfectly safe. They can be eaten in a variety of ways, and as they are filled with healthy fats and low in sugar, they are good for gaining and maintaining clear skin. Avocados can also be used for a natural, DIY facial that won’t cause breakouts.

  1. Salmon

Salmon and other oily fish are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help maintain cell membranes, keeping skin free from infection. Omega-3 fatty acids also help cells hold moisture, keeping the skin from drying and forming wrinkles. Salmon and fish like it help decrease skin inflammation, making the skin look rested and healthy. However, eating oily fish in large amounts over an extended period of time is not recommended, as they can contain contaminants such as mercury. Other sources of omega-3s may substitute, such as flaxseed, walnuts, soybean oil, canola oil, and chia seeds.

  1. Quinoa

Quinoa is a source of complex carbohydrates, which can lower the glycemic index. When used as a substitute for simple carbs like pasta, quinoa can help control insulin spikes and maintain healthy digestion. As diets high in simple carbs have been linked to acne, this grain substitute is a good way to maintain a balanced diet while getting rid of more processed carbohydrates.  Quinoa is also an excellent source of protein and several amino acids that contribute to the body’s overall health.

  1. Carrots

Carrots contain beta carotene, which in the body is converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A and varying forms of it are used to help treat various skin conditions, improve wound healing, protect against sun damage, and reduce wrinkles. Therefore eating foods high in vitamin A may help clear the skin and keep it healthy.

  1. Water

This may seem obvious, but staying hydrated is one of the best ways to help clear the skin. While it may not be an actual treatment for acne or other skin disorders, drinking more water increases blood flow to the skin, which in turn keeps the cells functioning and the immune system strong. It also helps to flush toxins out of the skin cells. Drinking more water will not undo skin damage, but it will lessen it.

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