The 6 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

February 28, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

 Guest Blog By VeganAcneSufferers 

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While what you put on your skin is very important, what you put inside your body matters even more. Indeed, more and more evidence is beginning to link diet and foods to skin issues like acne. While no single food is going to clear your skin up, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables will surely get you on your way.

If you're looking for skin-healthy foods to include in your meals, look no further!


Pretty much any fruit will do - oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, pomegranates, mangoes, papayas - they all have their benefits for your skin, namely in the form of antioxidants. Eating a diet rich in fruit will help to keep your skin supple while it fights free radical damage that can cause premature aging and inflammation. Fruit is also full of water, which your body will drink up to keep your organs - including your skin - nice and hydrated.

Fruits like kiwi are also rich in Vitamin C which has been associated with better skin-aging appearance, according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Orange and Yellow

If you fancy yourself in autumn, you'll love this news. British researchers found that an increased intake of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables like butternut squash, yellow and orange bell peppers, carrots, etc., can have a beneficial impact on the appearance of your skin and your perceived attractiveness.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are important but often neglected foods. Everything from walnuts to pepitas have their benefits, and including them in your diet regularly can help to fuel your body with fatty acids and valuable minerals that can aid in skin healing and elasticity. Some great options to include are: Brazil nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, cashews, peanuts, etc.


Oats, and many other grains, are valuable additions to any skin-friendly diet. Oats are loaded with nutrients and fiber, which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. This is important because spiked blood sugar levels can mean nasty surprises for anyone with hormonal acne. Eating oats and other grains regularly can ensure a steady supply of minerals to the body which can help it to fight infection, heal, and thrive.


Teas like green and white tea are especially great for the skin. They contain powerful antioxidants that have been shown to benefit skin conditions like acne by reducing inflammation. Including 2-3 cups a day is a nice, soothing way to treat your acne and give your mental health a little massage.

Flaxseeds (ground)

Flaxseeds are gaining gusto thanks to the health community, and for good reason. Flax seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which can help to keep your skin nourished; an investigation in the British Journal of Nutrition determined that daily flaxseed oil consumption can reduce skin reddening as well as improve skin hydration, which limits roughness and dryness. Adding 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds to your smoothie is a yummy and healthy way to enjoy the benefits of flaxseeds.


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I first got acne in high school, and it came back in my early adulthood. I was able to struggle through those difficult times and come out of it a stronger, wiser, healthier person as a result. I'm here to help you do the same thing!

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