Discovering foods that love your skin as much as your taste buds can be a game-changer. We've done the searching for you and rounded up our favourite acne-friendly options. See our top skin-conscious picks below.
1. Seafood: Zinc Powerhouse
Seafood, such as oysters and shellfish, is rich in zinc, linked to potential anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Zinc may regulate sebum production and target acne-causing bacteria, aiding in acne management.
The Wright Brothers in Borough Market is amazing for seafood, especially oysters, and it's the perfect outing with friends.
2. Chia Seeds: Omega-3 Oasis
Chia seeds are a source of omega-3 fatty acids which research shows are key for fighting acne as they reduce inflammation. Chia seeds are also a great source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants.
We love a good chia seed pudding for breakfast or dessert. Click here to watch a TikTok on how to make a quick and easy mango coconut chia seed pud.
3. Kimchi: Gut Health, Skin Wealth
Kimchi is packed with gut-friendly Lactobacillus. It supports a healthy gut microbiome, crucial for preventing flare-ups of inflammation-related skin disorders like acne, rosacea, and eczema.
If you have a little extra time, why not make your own Kimchi? DIY Homemade Kimchi.
4. Carrots & Sweet Potatoes: Our Vitamin A Friends
Rich in beta-carotene, when converted to vitamin A, supports the skin by potentially helping inflammation, discoloration, and pore blockage linked to acne. Studies suggest a connection between lower vitamin A levels and increased acne severity.
We particularly love this recipe for the easiest, tangiest carrot salad: Marinated Raw Carrot Salad Recipe.
5. Spearmint Tea: Tik Tok-Approved Skin Drink
IYKYK, Spearmint tea is thought to have anti-androgenic properties that reduce male hormones in women, helping prevent hormonal acne by regulating sebum production. Note: Not recommended for men dealing with acne. Sorry, fellas!