What helps acne: Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables
“When you’re healthier, your skin reflects that,” says Rebecca Kazin, MD, assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology and associate director at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. Antioxidants—found in spades in brightly colored produce—neutralize free radicals, which can wreak havoc on your skin by increasing inflammation. And inflammation is not only related to premature aging (think fine lines and wrinkles) but also acne.
What helps acne: Fatty fish
Salmon, sardines, and tuna are all good choices that help your body get the omega 3s it needs. “These healthy fatty acids are the building blocks for our cells. By allowing your skin to build new, healthy cells, it will look better,” says Dr. Kazin. In one small study in 2012, taking fish oil helped improve the complexions of people with moderate to severe acne, possibly because fish oil helps control inflammation. If you’ve also got acne breakouts on your back, these other habits can help clear them.