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Vegetable & Fruit for Acne Skin

by
author image ShaeLee Chatterton
ShaeLee Chatterton began writing professionally in 2007. She has written articles for "Women's Health" magazine online and edited for LA Splash Magazine. She is a fitness nutrition coach through the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association and is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise. Chatterton earned a Bachelor of Arts in exercise science and communications at Boise State University.
Vegetable & Fruit for Acne Skin
Oranges are rich sources of vitamin C, which helps strengthen your skin and prevent acne. Photo Credit oranges image by zatrepar from Fotolia.com

Acne plagues people all over the world. It can range from a mild, easily treatable annoyance to a severe blight causing emotional distress and permanent scarring. Breakouts form when hair follicles become plugged by an overproduction of oil or dead skin cells. This leads to an inflamed surface of whiteheads or blackheads, which can cause acne scars and red spots. Fruits and vegetables can play a key role in preventing and naturally treating your acne.

Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Many orange vegetables and fruits provide high concentrations of the A vitamin, beta-carotene, which supports a healthy immune system, vision, and skin. Vitamin A has similar effects on skin as retinol medications, which are commonly used to treat acne, with fewer side effects. Vitamin A helps clear breakouts by drying excess oil and reducing inflammation. Vegetables and fruits that are rich sources of vitamin A include pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes, papayas, cantaloupes, apricots, peaches, nectarines and mangoes.

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Antioxidants

The powerful antioxidants in vegetables and fruits can prevent acne by helping to rid blemish-causing bacteria from your body. According to Mayo Clinic, a buildup of bacteria can cause pores to clog and erupt into breakouts. Antioxidants help kill bacteria and fight free radicals, which are one of the main proponents to aging. Therefore, antioxidants can help your skin stay youthful as well by preventing wrinkles caused by oxidation from the sun and air pollutants. Jonny Bowden, author of "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth," lists blueberries as one of his top superfoods because they are have exceptionally strong antioxidants. Other fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants include leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, other berries including raspberries and blackberries, and apples, avocados and asparagus.

Fruits and Vegetables With Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps restore and build the collagen in your skin. This helps strengthen and rejuvenate your skin from the inside out. Vitamin C also aids in the production of new collagen, which helps prevent and heal acne scarring. Collagen also supports the capillaries that feed and nourish your skin helping to prevent acne. Citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and lemons, are rich in vitamin C. Strawberries, guava, kiwi and blueberries also supply vitamin C, along with vegetables such as broccoli, sweet potatoes and bell peppers.

Other Fruits and Vegetables

Papayas are among the best fruits for exfoliation. They contain vitamin A and enzymes, which help cleanse your skin from within. Avocados help reduce dry skin that can clog pores and cause acne because they are rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Spinach and yellow and red peppers are rich sources of beta-carotene, which also helps alleviate dry skin and prevent and heal acne blemishes.

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