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5 Super Skin Food For Acne-Free Skin


EAT YOUR WAY TO A CLEAR SKIN

Many a time, we are asked for sure shot remedies for radiant looking clear skin. Asking for miracle products in the hope of cutting out the effort and tossing themselves to an overnight fix.  

But we are the first one to start a conversation at the level of wellness of both body and mind, which require consistency and discipline. When we talk about skin health, we believe that our skin is a reflection of what's going inside our bodies and skincare (topical) helps us nurture and nourish the skin from outside. However, more often than not, what's happening on our skin is a result of what we are eating (or not eating), our hormones, and internal nourishment.

Along with skincare, we emphasis everyone to focus on what their gut/ body is trying to tell them. Our face is a mirror of what's happening inside our gut. Sometimes it's hormones, sometimes metabolism. Thus, along with taking care of your skin with external applications, we urge you to also observe your body, and if it’s lacking in a balance of nutrition or hormones. It is due to this reason that we have invested significantly in the R&D of internal supplements for women at various stages - pregnancy, teenage, pre and post-menopause, active health etc.

Breakouts and acne scars, being the most common concern among all age groups, are best remedied by addressing the root of imbalance i.e, inflammation reduction—with the right skincare and nutrition. While following the obvious rule of thumb of drinking plenty of water and cutting back on sugar, incorporating these 5 key nutrients can significantly reduce the root causes and maintain healthier and radiant skin. 

  • 1. ANTIOXIDANTS
  • From anti-inflammation and skin firming to scar treatment and repair of sun damage, antioxidants have myriad benefits for the skin. But research indicates that people with acne tend to have lower natural levels of them. Supplementing with vitamin E and vitamin A, two potent antioxidants, has been shown to produce valuable anti-inflammatory results by increasing circulation and cell metabolism. Reducing inflammation promotes a more even skin tone and helps keep acne and wrinkles at bay. You can find them in: collard greens, kale, butternut squash, sunflower seeds, avocados, and almonds.

    1. Essential Fatty Acids

    Omega-6 (n-6) and omega-3 (n-3) essential fatty acids (EFAs) are crucial to skin function and appearance. Supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids exert protection from photodamage and photoaging and alleviates symptoms associated with skin sensitivity and inflammatory skin disorders. You can find them in: olive oil, sunflower seed oil, wild caught fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel), chia seeds, and ground flaxseed.

    1. ZINC

    A micro-nutrient that is essential for skin health, Zinc is one of the most widely studied forms of acne treatment. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties which help to relieve some of the redness and irritation associated with moderate-to-severe acne and reduce the appearance of acne scars. The following foods are rich in zinc: beans, dairy products, fortified cereals, nuts, oysters, whole grains, lentils, cashews and quinoa.

    1. PROBIOTICS

    Probiotics are live ‘good’ microorganisms (bacteria and yeasts) that have powerful benefits to your body and brain. It keeps your digestive system balanced and promote heart health. There are probiotic-rich foods, from yogurt, fermented drink like kefir to cultured veggies like miso and kimchi.

    1. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY HERBS AND SPICES

    Herbs and Spices contain high levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and nutrients your skin needs to fight wrinkles, soothe redness, and keep your skin glowing. They also help clear blemishes by regulating blood sugar, and aiding with digestion and detoxification. You can find them in - Tulsi tea, Chamomile, cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, burdock root and milk thistle.

    Recommended Products for Acne-Prone Skin:

    1. Active Botanical Face Wash - Designed specifically for acne-prone skin - including hormonal acne- this formulation is a rare combination of anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and detoxifying herbs in a soap-free and sulfate free formulation.
    2. Rejuvenating Serum - Oil balancing actives with astringent and antimicrobial properties make this lightweight facial oil a treat for acne-prone skin.
    3. Wild Glow Masking Kit - With detoxifying and cleansing properties, these masks work with skin’s natural circadian processes and support skin health. Java Plum mask in particular is great for acne-prone and oily skin.

    References

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2230.2006.02106.x

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6203294

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-4362.1981.tb04338.x

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4120804/