The Foods To Eat (And Avoid) For Clear, Youthful-Looking Skin

Because nothing knocks our confidence quite like breakouts.

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Sometimes, when we’re staring at a cluster of blackheads on our nose or a lone pimple that’s raised enough to cast its own shadow, we wonder whether any acne-fighting tricks will actually work.

Sure, tropical treatments and DIY remedies may help, but the truth is, when it comes to skin, the age old adage rings true: we are what we eat. Some foods nourish our skin, hair and nails. Whereas, other foods we eat could be sabotaging our quest for blemish-free skin.

 

Ahead, leading Australian nutritionist Jessica Sepel dishes on the her favourite (and not-so favourite) foods for keeping acne at bay.

1. Load up on…

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Oily Fish

“Sardines, anchovies, salmon and trout are full of Omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats!) which are responsible for the health of our skin at a cellular level.”

Avocado

“Avocados are another amazing source of fatty acids. They can help guard the skin against sun damage and can also reduce inflammation (less inflammation = clearer skin).”

Vitamin C

“Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation which helps to repair and replenish skin cells. Red capsicum is a great source of Vitamin C.”

Berries

“Berries are naturally high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants have anti-ageing properties, and can also reduce inflammation, accelerate skin cell regeneration and improve cell health overall.”

Pumpkin Seeds

“Pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc which protects skin from free-radical damage, sun exposure and infection. Zinc also assists in cell renewal helping to heal and rejuvenate cuts and wounds and give your skin a natural glow!”

2. Be wary of…

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Nuts

“When it comes to living a healthy life, nuts are a great alternative to a lot of foods (almond milk, cashew nut flour etc.) and they can be good for the skin (hello, healthy fats!). However, it can then be hard to moderate intake of nuts. Try and keep nuts to a once a day portion.”

3. Steer clear of…

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Refined sugars

“These are the worst culprits of breakouts!”

Caffeine

“Caffeine can contribute to increased stress levels and can have an impact on hormone balance which can cause skin imperfections and breakouts.”

Alcohol

“Alcohol can add an extra strain to the liver. This can then show up on your skin.”