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A Clear Complexion

  • An anti-inflammatory diet full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids (flaxseeds, salmon, walnuts) can help control acne.
  • Stay away from foods that spike insulin (sugar, white flours, pastas). Select items that are low in fat and high in fiber (whole grains, fruits, vegetables).
  • Some people find that eliminating dairy products helps keep skin clear. Supplementing with probiotics is another dietary option.
  • Lactobacillus strains, such as acidophilus and bulgaricus, were found in a study to improve a majority of participants' acne.
  • Taking vitamin A can help speed skin healing, especially when it comes to acne. B-complex vitamins promote healthy circulation and may help prevent outbreaks.
Sources:

The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan, ND, FRSH, and Valori Treloar, MD, CNS, FAAD ($22.95, Cumberland House, 2007)
The Complete Homeopathic Resource for Common Illnesses by Dennis Chernin, MD, MP H ($29.95, North Atlantic Books, 2006)
No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O'Connor & Alexandra Spunt ($14.95, Da Capo, 2010)