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Foods That Prevent Breakouts

So you really did it. Last night, you were watching SNL and you heard the siren’s call of the Ben and Jerry’s fudge core ice cream and you went to town. You walked over to the freezer- one person, one spoon, one mission: to eat the whole thing. And that’s exactly what you did, and now you’re staring at it. That big old zit -right in the middle of your forehead.

You heard that food doesn’t cause acne, hormones do, and you believe it, but every time you eat chocolate, there it is, the huge pimple serving to remind you and your friends how you spent your Saturday night for the rest of the week. If only you could undo it! Well, acne sufferers, while food may not cause acne, some foods may actually prevent it? While there is no evidence that you can make that pimple go away by gorging on the following, there is some proof that certain foods can lead to clearer skin.

1. Flaxseed Or Fish
Not to be confused with omega-6 fatty acids which can cause inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids can actually reduce inflammation and reduce acne breakouts. Omega-3 can be found in flaxseed, walnuts, and fatty fish.

woman drinking green tea 2. Green Tea
Green tea contains the powerful antioxidant EGCG. Researchers in South Korea applied an EGCG containing cream to rabbit ears and found it decreased the size of the sebaceous glands, which are commonly enlarged in acne sufferers. The antioxidant also was proven to reduce the production of sebum. A follow-up study on humans found that EGCG noticeably improved acne in a split face, 8-week trial. If drinking green tea throughout the day seems a bit challenging, try applying cool, moist tea bags or a green tea moistened cloth to affected areas for 10-15 minutes.

3. Oysters
Good for more than one thing, it seems. Oysters contain zinc, a mineral that has been shown in studies to reduce acne. It is recommended that acne sufferers get zinc from food rather than supplements, which can provide more that 100 mg of zinc per day, a dosage which may result in side effects. You are best off getting your zinc from oysters, veal liver, roast beef, roasted squash and pumpkin seeds, dried watermelon seeds and toasted wheat germ.

woman eating a juice 4. Juice
Juicing is the new black, and it can also clear up your acne. Dark, leafy green veggies, found in some juices, contain beta-carotenes which are anti-inflammatory and help reduce oil while clearing toxins to form the body.

5. Probiotics
Mostly known for their ability to reduce inflammation in the gut, it has now been hypothesized that probiotics may also reduce acne. Research has proven that those who suffered from reactions to toxins found in the gut were also likely to display acne symptoms. Because, prebiotics and probiotics are effective in fighting oxidative stress and inflammation, scientists think that they may also be effective against acne. Probiotics are most often found in kefir, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, miso soup, pickles, tempeh, and yogurt.

Foods That Fight Pallor

Your mother falls you the color of your face looks strange. You concur. Lately, you have been noticing a lack of brightness in your eyes and you think your co-workers may have looked a bit alarmed the other day. You’ve heard of heroin chic, but this is a bit extreme. And it isn’t even the wan look that bothers you most. Your energy is low and you find it a struggle to get out of bed in the mornings, even though you slept like a rock. You have no fever or cold symptoms, but you can’t ignore what your body is telling you. What could cause this?

Paleness occurs when there a decreased number of red blood cells in the body result in the lightening the skin tone. Anemia is one of the most common causes of paleness, occurring when the body fails to produce an adequate number of red blood cells. Other causes of pallor include lack of sunlight, exposure to the cold, low blood pressure, blockage of an artery, and low blood sugar. One of the best ways to treat pallor is with foods rich in B-12, iron, and folate. Women between the ages of 19-50 should get 18 milligrams of iron per day and 27 mg if they are pregnant. Here are some great sources.


If you never had them before, here’s the time to try. ( It has been said oysters have other benefits as well.) Mussels, clams, and oysters some of the best sources of iron, zinc, and B12, delivering 3-5 mg of iron per one medium oyster. So, load up at the seafood bar!

Organ meat, not your thing? Well, you may want to think about changing that. Beef liver is among the best sources of heme iron, or iron from an animal source, weighing in at a whopping 5mgs per slice. If that’s a bit heavy for you, pork liver has, even more, iron and is leaner and higher in vitamin C. Still not doing it for you? Egg yolks and red meat are also animal proteins which contain iron.

You would never catch Popeye suffering from weakness and a pale complexion! That’s because he always has plenty of raw and cooked spinach on hand. Spinach is a non-heme source of iron and also offers fiber. protein and calcium. Just one cup is good for 6 mg of iron. Mix it into an omelet, or veggie lasagna!

They don’t get their reputation as magical fruit for no reason. These babies can contain up to 7 mg of protein per cup. For the best absorption of they non-heme iron, combine them with foods that are high in vitamin C like cauliflower, bell pepper, and broccoli.


Fortified Cereal
Need a good excuse for eating your Wheaties? Check for cereal’s nutritional label for the iron content per serving. If yours offers 90 to 100 percent of the recommended value, theyyy’rrre gggrrreeaaatt!!!!

Be sure to get both plant and nonplant based (heme and non-heme) iron sources for best results. avoid coffee, tea and calcium rich food to improve absorption of iron. If food sources are not supplying enough iron, you may want to consider a supplement.