Clean Eating for Clear Skin
Acne - one of many skin conditions is often a sign of imbalance within the body and is generally associated to gut issues.
What we like to think is ‘what you eat in private, you wear/show in public’.
Your body and skin is as healthy as the food you eat and the nutrients you absorb. A diet full of processed and refined foods lack in nutritional quality, vital for skin health and balancing of hormone levels.
What is acne? And what causes it?
Sebum is an oily substance which the body produces to keep skin smooth. Overproduction of the substance causes pores to become blocked. Hormonal changes, especially an increase in sex hormones (androgens) causes the increase in sebum production. Hence why acne commonly occurs during your teenage years, when the body is going through puberty. Puberty causes a rise of the hormone androgen.
When skin begins to break out, people often reach for skincare products off the shelf. What people don’t consider is allowing the body to naturally detox itself, through providing the body with detoxifying foods.
Skin being able to absorb from both inside and outside the body allows you to treat/maintain clear skin through diet and natural skincare methods.
Diet and clear skin
Collagen is a word that gets thrown around quite a bit in relation to skin health. It is a large component in the skin and is what makes it strong and supple. Collagen is naturally produced within the body; however, age and poor diet causes collagen production to decline. Therefore, it is important to include collagen rich food in the diet.
Dietary sources of collagen:
Dark green leafy veggies
Red veggies such as beetroot and tomatoes
Orange veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes.
Food rich in omega-3 fatty acids have also been linked to being useful for acne. Fish is a great source of omega 3, although if you are vegan or vegetarian this can be consumed through chia and/or flax seeds, walnuts and dark green leafy veggies. Ideally, you’d want to consume plenty (4+) of omega 3 foods throughout the week.
Dairy is commonly associated with causing poor skin. Research suggest that because dairy contains hormones from milk-bearing animals, it has an impact on consumers hormone balance, effecting the skin. If dairy is a trigger for your skin and you choose to reduce intake it’s important to consume other calcium rich foods to maintain good bone health.
Hydration. Water intake is key to having clear skin. Staying hydrated helps flush out unwanted toxins and keeps skin hydrated.
Clearing skin from the outside
Many skincare solutions brought in-store are full of harmful chemicals that can leave skin looking worse and dry it out, they can also be rather costly. A far more affordable and natural approach to clear skin is to make your own skincare products and routines. Everybody is different and so is our skin. Trial and error of various routines and methods will be what’ll help you find your way to clear skin.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)… you either love it or you hate it. Fortunately for some you don’t need to consume it for clear skin. Combine one part ACV with one part water and use as a cleanser for your skin. ACV is packed full of antioxidants, promoting toxin removal from the skin. It also helps to balance skin pH levels resulting in a balance of sebum production.
Perhaps try making your own sugar scrub as a natural way to exfoliate the skin. This can be done by combining coconut oil, sugar and essential oils (optional). Another great addition is once you’ve steeped your herbal tea, keep the loose leaves to make a face mask or scrub. Herbal teas help to uplift and tighten pores, plus it’s a great way to reduce waste.