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Can Certain Foods Help Acne Scars?

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Crystal Welch has a 30-year writing history. Her more than 2,000 published works have been included in the health and fitness-related Wellness Directory, Earthdance Press and Higher Source. She is an award-winning writer who teaches whole foods cooking and has written a cookbook series. She operates an HON-code-certified health-related blog with more than 95,000 readers. Welch has a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
Can Certain Foods Help Acne Scars?
Some foods can help heal acne scars. Photo Credit healthy foods image by Steve Lovegrove from Fotolia.com

Acne scars are skin wounds that need healing so you can have as smooth of a complexion as possible. A natural remedy for healing these scars is by eating a variety of foods known for containing nutrients with skin-healing properties. You need to eat a well-balanced diet in order to gain the greatest amounts of benefits state the experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Zinc

Zinc, an essential mineral, provides important benefits for skin health say experts at the Mayo Clinic. It assists with wound healing reports the NIH. High-protein foods, such as beef, lamb, veal, pork, fish and poultry, contain large amounts of zinc. To increase your zinc consumption, choose the dark meat of poultry instead of the white meat. Peanuts and peanut butter also contain zinc. Legumes, otherwise known as beans, contain respectable amounts of zinc. Try eating some lentils, split peas, kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo (also known as chickpeas) beans and/or navy beans. Bean soups are rich sources of zinc. Soy beans, a legume, contain zinc. Soy-based products you can eat include tofu, miso, tempeh, soy cheese and meatless entrees. Or, you can add some soy protein isolate to your beverages. A variety of spices, including oregano, basil, ginger, parsley and cumin, are foods that also contain the nutrient, according to Nutrition Data.

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Contain Omega-3s

Omega-3 fatty acids can help heal acne scars say the experts at Acne Care Tips. The fatty acids contain antioxidant properties that can help reduce inflammation and keep the skin flexible. You can get your Omega-3 fatty acids by eating foods known as heart healthy. Foods that are rich sources of the nutrient include fin fish, such as salmon, herring, anchovies, sardines, trout, mackerel and albacore tuna. A typical 3 oz. portion of Atlantic salmon that has been farm raised contains a respectable 2,130 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids states Nutrition Data.

Other foods rich in the nutrient are seeds and nuts like flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, pistachios and butternuts. Unsaturated oils, such as cottonseed, safflower, canola, vegetable, olive and peanut varieties, are rich sources says both Nutrition Data and Acne Care Tips. Whole grains can be rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These include oats, barley, whole wheat, wheat bran, oat bran, brown rice, triticale and quinoa. Choose whole grain products over those made with refined flours to help heal your acne scars.

Contain Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an essential vitamin that operates as an antioxidant in your body. This vitamin is "an important component of skin health" say the experts at NIH. Find the nutrient in animal livers and kidneys, red meat, eggs and whole fat dairy products. Be aware, however, that these foods contain high amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol. You can also get your Vitamin A by eating fat and cholesterol-free, plant-based sources that are brightly colored. These include vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, broccoli, spinach and dark green, leafy vegetables. Eat a variety of fruits, including apricots, cantaloupe and pink grapefruit to get your share of the skin healing vitamin. You can choose from a variety of low-fat dairy foods, including egg whites, milk, ice cream, yogurt and cheese.

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