An anti-inflammatory diet full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids (flaxseeds, salmon, walnuts) can help control acne.
Stay away from foods that spike insulin (sugar, white flours, pastas). Select items that are low in fat and high in fiber (whole grains, fruits, vegetables).
Some people find that eliminating dairy products helps keep skin clear. Supplementing with probiotics is another dietary option.
Lactobacillus strains, such as acidophilus and bulgaricus, were found in a study to improve a majority of participants’ acne.
Taking vitamin A can help speed skin healing, especially when it comes to acne. B-complex vitamins promote healthy circulation and may help prevent outbreaks.
The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan, ND, FRSH, and Valori Treloar, MD, CNS, FAAD ($22.95, Cumberland House, 2007)
The Complete Homeopathic Resource for Common Illnesses by Dennis Chernin, MD, MP H ($29.95, North Atlantic Books, 2006)
No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O’Connor & Alexandra Spunt ($14.95, Da Capo, 2010)