Breaking Out? 5 Foods That Will Help Clear Up Your Skin

Green, leafy veggies

We already know we’re supposed to eat our greens. But what we may not know is that our salads may also be good for a beauty boost. Joshua Zeichner, MD, says the antioxidants in green, leafy veggies like spinach, kale, romaine and broccoli protect the skin from radical free damage and kickstart fresh skin cells, giving you fresh, clean skin.
Try it in a Kale Rainbow Detox Salad

Fresh fish

The catch of the day may be your skin’s saving grace. Omega 3 fatty acids, found in many fishes like salmon, black cod and tuna, make up the skin’s membrane. (You know, the part that lets the good stuff in and keeps the bad guys out.) To keep skin soft and supple, try adding some more of these fresh fish into your diet—your skin will thank you.
Try it in Baked Lemon Herb Salmon

Dairy-free milk

While we may have grown up with a glass of milk at dinner time and the “Got Milk?” slogan ingrained on our minds, dairy can unfortunately be to blame when it comes to acne, due to the hormones found in cow’s milk. Dr. Zeichner says if you want to do your skin a favor, try swapping out your milk for almond milk instead. Same great taste, but much healthier-looking skin.
Try it in a Strawberry Banana Bread Smoothie

Avocados

Rich in vitamin E, avocados are great for hydrating the skin and restoring its collagen production. So not only will it clear up your acne, but it helps ease fine lines and wrinkles. Which means it’s safe to say avocados are  good for a whole lot more than guacamole.
Try it in a Smoked Salmon, Avocado and and Arugula Salad

Low-glycemic foods

High-glycemic foods (i.e. sugary eats) elevate hormones that are in charge of oil production. And unfortunately, too much oil = way too many breakouts. What’s even more unfortunate is that the American diet tends to be extremely high-glycemic and may be a cause for your adult acne. If you’re working on some face cleanup, try fitting more foods that are low on the glycemic index into your everyday meals, such as oatmeal and sweet potatoes.
Try it in Blueberry Lemon Steel Cut Oats

Stephanie Limiti is a born and raised New Yorker living out her dreams of palm trees and sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not zenned out in yoga class, she's reading biographies and volunteering at dog rescue shelter. Follow her on Instagram.