Acne and food have a not-so-stable “on again, off again” relationship. For years, dermatologists and researchers have gone back and forth on whether or not diet can actually affect complexions. While for the most part it has been declared that there is no relationship between the two, a new study from the American Academy of Dermatology suggests otherwise. Recent studies are concluding that “evidence exists highlighting the association of acne and high glycemic loads, certain dairy products, and refined sugar product ingestion” (The association of acne vulgaris with diet). Even if their relationship status is “complicated,” it seems this duo may be more entangled than we thought. That’s why HappyMe is putting together a clear skin meal plan that will ensure this bond between acne and food is a harmonious one.
While we now know that cutting out foods packed with refined sugars, simple carbs, and some dairy might be helpful in reducing acne flare-ups, there are also many other ingredients that can help support a healthy, glowing complexion. Some of these vital nutrients include vitamin A, Zinc, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Self.com).
1. For breakfast stick to fresh fruits like cantaloupe, mango, blueberries, and strawberries. If that isn’t enough, try a whole grain breakfast cereal fortified with Zinc.
2. Lunch can consist of a spinach salad topped with red peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey, and olive oil for dressing.
3. Come dinner, chow down on some grilled salmon, sweet potatoes, and steamed green veggies.
4. Throughout the day, snack on healthy fruits, sunflower seeds, carrots, or, if you’re feeling more ambitious, sling back a few raw oysters.
Beauty is not just skin deep -- it starts with nutrition. For a healthy, happy complexion, be mindful of your diet.