Metabolic skin problems such as cellulite and acne plague many people. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatological Investigation, Susan Bershad, clinical associate professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, pointed out that following this “clean skin diet” can keep the threat of acne and other skin diseases away.
1. Eat less sugary foods. Studies have shown that a diet high in sugar can trigger a series of adverse reactions in the endocrine system and promote acne production. Avoid foods with a glycemic index above 70, including white bread, pretzels, potato chips and junk food. Low-sugar foods include: vegetables, legumes and mixed breads.
2. Eat foods rich in antioxidants. Vitamin C and some compounds contained in green tea can reduce the oxidative stress response, thus reducing acne. Taking nutritional supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids or eating fat-rich fish can also improve acne. Lycopene contained in tomatoes has an anti-inflammatory effect and can improve skin texture.
3. Try consuming probiotics. If the bacteria in your intestines are healthy and thriving, they can help reduce acne; therefore, you can take probiotics or drink yogurt.