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Foods That Help Prevent Acne

author image Michelle Ernst
Michelle Ernst has been writing since 2000. She published a critical essay in "Annual of the Association for Mormon Letters" in 2004. She also wrote two athletic grants that were funded on behalf of the Because We Care Foundation of Lehi, Utah. She holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Utah Valley University.
Foods That Help Prevent Acne
Eating the right foods can help prevent acne.

Acne is an inevitable fact of life. Although essentially harmless, acne is annoying and can make you feel embarrassed about your appearance. There isn’t a universal cure for acne, but there are certain foods you can incorporate into your diet to help prevent breakouts. By choosing the right foods, you will keep your body strong, your mind alert and your skin glowing and healthy.

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To prevent acne, fruits need to be a part of your daily diet. Your skin needs the vitamins A, C and E that fruits provide to keep your complexion clear and beautiful. Fruits such as apples, cherries, grapes and bananas are good vitamin sources, and berries, such as cranberries and raspberries, also contain phytochemicals that protect skin cells. Eating fruits will improve the overall look and feel of your skin. Opt for fresh fruits over frozen or canned for the most nutritional benefit. Grab a piece of fruit instead of cookies or ice cream when you need a quick, handy afternoon snack.


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According to, vitamin B is necessary to the formation of skin, nail and hair cells. To maintain the health of your skin and help prevent acne, incorporate vegetables that are rich in vitamin B into your diet. Choose dark green and leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, collard greens, arugula, kale, beans and peas. Many of these vegetables are also rich in vitamins A, K, E and D, which will boost your overall health. Eat a garden salad with your lunch and two vegetables with your dinner to get your daily servings.

Dairy Products

Cottage cheese
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According to, the health of skin cells is dependent on vitamin A. Your body uses vitamin A to maintain and repair your skin tissue, which subsequently helps prevent breakouts. Low-fat dairy products are the best dietary sources of vitamin A. Make foods such as milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and cheese a part of your balanced diet. Consider adding a serving of low-fat milk to your cereal in the morning and eating a serving of yogurt as a mid-morning snack.

Whole-Grain Cereals

Whole grain cereal with raisins and fruit
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The mineral selenium plays an essential role in maintaining the health of your skin cells. names whole-grain cereals among the best sources of selenium. One serving of a cereal such as Total Whole Grain Cereal or Post Selects Whole Grain Cereal contains at least 16 grams of whole grain. Have a bowl of cereal in the morning with a serving of low-fat milk to get the whole grains and vitamins A and D you need for healthy skin.


Teenage girl drinking water
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Although water isn't a food, it is essential to helping prevent acne. To maintain your skin's health, it must be well hydrated. Water also flushes toxins and impurities out of your body. Try to drink at least eight to 10 glasses a day. Have a glass of water with every meal and carry a water bottle that you can sip on periodically throughout the day.

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