Spots are not something that just teenagers get; around 20 percent of women suffer from acne well into their 20s and 30s, which can be caused by anything from stress to hormone fluctuations and more. Aside from topical over-the-counter treatments and antibiotics, there are a number of foods long-heralded for their skin cleaning properties that, added to your diet over time, may help to significantly improve the quality of your skin.
Nettles: Nettles taken in tea, capsule or soup form have an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to calm the skin and improve conditions like eczema and acne. They’re also extremely detoxifying, thanks to high levels of antioxidants which protect the body from the over-production of free radicals — chemicals which can cause damage to proteins, fats, carbohydrates and DNA in the body.
Alfalfa Sprouts: Tiny but mighty, each stringy sprout is packed with valuable, skin-clearing nutrients such as calcium, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium and zinc among others, as well as supplying a full range of vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K.
Beetroot: The purple roots are particularly high in vitamin A, as well as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E, which is essential for epidermal health and healing. Combined, these nutrients make a powerful all-round body cleanser, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and lower cholesterol too.
Fennel: Aside from aiding digestion, reducing swelling in the body and helping to flush out excess fluids and toxins, it also works wonders for the health of your skin and hair, so pick up a box of tea or pick up a few roots for roasting.
Red Grapes: Red grapes – and their seeds – contain powerful natural chemicals and antioxidants that have been shown to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. As a natural antihistamine, grapes can also help to control the side effects of allergic reactions. Try popping a few washed grapes, with seeds, into a fresh salad, or enjoy a handful as part of a healthy snack between meals.
Tofu: Made from soya beans, tofu is a good source of healing vegetable protein, calcium and healthy unsaturated fats. It is also a rich source of antioxidants, as well as minerals iron, copper and manganese. Some cooks love tofu freshly sprinkled over a salad or cooked into a stir fry.