I posted this a few years ago, but wanted to post it again and add a few things.
I have two teenage daughters, and even with a clean diet, breakouts happened. However, there are a few things that help eliminate and prevent them.
- No diary. As my friend and colleague, Dr. Trevor Cates, says, “Dairy comes from a lactating mammal and a lactating mammal is hormonal. One of the root causes of skin breakouts are hormonal.”
- Within a week of completely avoiding dairy, both my daughters breakouts disappeared.
- Decrease sugar. Sugar increases inflammation in the body, insulin, sebum and androgen activity: all contributing factors to acne. Breaking the sugar habit is difficult and I generally suggest that people wean themselves off by replacing sugar with nutrient rich raw honey and maple syrup.
- Fiber. Eat more veggies; the fiber in them will bind on to the stuff the body doesn’t need, and push it out. This helps the liver tremendously and keeps the body clean.
- Hydrate. Lastly, my daughters began drinking more water and herbal iced tea and water, like fiber, helps flush the body of toxins.
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All year round I make a very strong effort to take really good care of my skin but as summer approaches, I make an extra effort to be consistent and conscious in my skin care routine.
Besides making sure that my skin is covered in a good quality sunscreen and covered up as much as possible, I indulge my taste buds in these nutrient-rich and skin healthy foods. Here they are:
I begin my day squeezing a lemon in a glass of water. It is refreshing, tasty, and packed with vitamin C that will not only brighten and cleanse your skin but will also ward away any potential sickness.
The dark leafy greens are yummy and nutritious: perfect addition for the summer salad. I will do some salad rotating using these greens mixing spinach with pine nuts and strawberries, arugula with blue cheese, pecans and cranberries and with kale, I will use it in a green smoothie. These greens are packed with vitamin A, a little zinc which will both help your skin glow and perhaps look a little younger.
Almonds are full of vitamin E which is important in keeping the skin hydrated and will help protect the skin from environmental pollutions. If almonds, are not your favorite, sunflower seeds also have a good amount of vitamin E. Perhaps mix them together, throw them in your green salad or have them as a trail mix snack.
Be well and happy summer!