Acne Awareness Month and Nutrition Benefits with Kat Bright, Our Resident Expert

Acne Awareness Month and Nutrition Benefits with Kat Bright, Our Resident Expert

June marks Acne Awareness Month, a perfect time to focus on how diet can impact your skin health. Acne, a common skin condition affecting millions worldwide, can often be managed with dietary changes.

Here’s a guide to the best foods to include in your diet to help achieve clearer skin.

Foods rich in zinc. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce the production of sebum, an oily substance that can clog up pores. Good sources of zinc include pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, cashew nuts and quinoa. 

Probiotic foods. Probiotics support gut health, which is linked to reduced inflammation and improved skin conditions. Good sources include yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi.

Foods rich in vitamin A and E. These help to support skin repair and protect against damage. Good sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach (vitamin A); almonds, sunflower seeds and avocados (vitamin E)

Foods you might want to limit or avoid.

High-glycaemic foods such as white bread, sugary snacks, sugary beverages and white rice. These foods can cause blood sugar spikes leading to increased insulin levels and acne flare-ups.

Dairy, in particular A1 dairy. A1 dairy is found in cow’s dairy. You might find you are okay with dairy that contains only A2 casein such as Jersey cow’s, goat and sheep dairy.

Trans fats and hydrogenated oils such as margarine, baked goods in supermarkets and fried foods. These fats can increase inflammation are linked to various skin issues including acne.

Try this Tropical Sunshine Smoothie which contains kefir. Choose a kefir made with goat’s milk to avoid the A1 dairy.

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