A healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fruit, fish and foods rich in antioxidants lowers one's androgen levels and helps prevent acne.
Androgen is a hormone that causes oil glands under the skin to produce more oil, which may clog up skin pores and lead to bacterial infections and inflamed acne, according to a Straits Times report.
On the other hand, several studies have shown that foods rich in saturated fats, processed grains, animal fats and refined sugar boost androgen production in the body.
A 1984 Finnish study showed that substituting a high-saturated fat diet with one that has less saturated fat and more polyunsaturated fats (nuts, seeds, fish and leafy greens) for six weeks resulted in a significant decrease in androgen levels in the blood, which thus led to improvement in acne.
Green tea may also help treat acne due to its powerful antioxidants, which fight free radicals that damage the skin cells. It also has anti-bacterial properties, eliminating the bacteria in the inflamed acne. Drinking green tea also helps reduce skin rashes and scars.
Yogurt, which is rich in good bacteria, improves the environment in the intestines and likewise boosts the immune system, as well as help prevent inflammation and acne.
Increased fibre consumption by eating fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help cure acne too, ST reported. Eating foods with high omega fatty acid content, such as salmon, walnuts and almonds, can also reduce inflammation in the skin.
Finally, decreasing the stress hormone cortisol, which has been associated with acne development, can be achieved through regular exercise and stress reduction, ST reported. MIMS