Manage acne with your diet

8th Mar 17 | Beauty

Don't splash out on pricey skincare products to help your acne - change your diet and you may well see some improvements to your skin.

Manage acne with your diet

Anyone who has struggled with acne knows the constant battle with skincare products, beauty regimes and specialist help - which can often lead to little or no results.

But what if you could help your troubled skin by altering your diet? While the majority of acne is caused by genetic and hormonal factors, evidence suggests there are elements of our diets which can affect spots - both positively and negatively.

"While a poor diet can quickly lead to sallow or dry skin, blemishes or acne, a healthy diet based on whole foods including a variety of vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds, beans, eggs, fish and whole grains is an excellent basis for glowing, youthful skin," Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at, told Cover Media.

While Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic,, suggests getting plenty of nicotinamide, zinc, and vitamin A into your diet to help improve skin.

Nicotinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, can be found in foods like yeast extract, while zinc is found is spinach and seeds and vitamin A is present in sweet potatoes and leafy greens, among others.

"Avoid eating food rich in refined sugars or processed foods - these can cause spikes in blood glucose and insulin-like growth factor. IGF-1 can increase the size and activity of the oil gland and drive the production of androgens - the hormones implicated in acne development," she continued. As well as limiting whey protein supplements, Dr Mahto suggests eating a diet rich in omega 3 fish oils, as these can help reduce inflammation.

"Opt for full fat rather than low fat dairy," she advised. "The link between dairy and acne remains weak but recent studies in male patients suggest that acne is more likely to be associated with skimmed milk rather than full-fat milk." There are other things you can do to help your skin without resorting to expensive products, such as creating homemade face masks from ingredients usually found in your kitchen. Dr. Murad, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, told Cover Media: "To create an exfoliating mask at home, mash up some papaya with yoghurt. Both of these ingredients contain natural exfoliators which will help to lift dull, dead skin to give you a fresh and more youthful looking complexion."

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