10 Foods That Will Help You Stop To Break Out

Acne – although far from being deadly – is a really debilitating skin condition that can wreck your confidence. And it always seems to come at the wrong time: Whether you’re preparing for a job interview or whether you’ve got a hot date lined up, acne seems to enjoy breaking out at these most important times in your life!

But acne breakouts are not subject to some random lotto; they don’t just appear whenever they feel like it. Instead, acne breakouts are often linked to your diet. In 2010, researchers finally concluded that acne can indeed be caused by a poor diet. This means that what you eat can have a huge bearing on how good – or how bad – your skin looks.

The upshot to all this is that if you eat the right foods, you can prevent a breakout from ever happening in the first place. There have been lots of examples of women saying how controlling their diet has finally put an end to flare-ups, thereby boosting their confidence. Let’s take a look at the 10 best foods you need to eat to prevent a break out.

Green Tea

The health benefits of green tea are copious, and I don’t really have the space to go into them all here. But as well as fighting cancer, boosting your immune system and giving you energy, green tea can also fight acne.

You don’t even have to drink green tea; instead, you can apply cooled tea bags to any affected areas for around 15 minutes each day before rinsing. If you do prefer to drink tea, 3 cups per day should be enough to keep acne at bay. And if you really dislike the taste, you can drink flavoured green tea, which delivers all the same benefits.


The great thing about water is that we’ve all got it available on tap. Yet how many of us actually drink enough of it?

If you want to eliminate and prevent break outs, it’s time to ditch energy drinks and drink more water. The original elixir of life, water flushes out all the nasty toxins in your body that have built up the night before, hydrating your skin.


Although fish is some of the healthiest food on the planet, way too many of us avoid this meat dish, preferring instead to stick to traditional dishes, such as chicken and steak.

But while many of us are the champions of the world when it comes to eating lots of omega-6 fatty acids, many of us fail when it comes to getting enough omega-3 fatty acids.

Oily fish, such as salmon and mackerel, are rich in omega-3’s. These micronutrients are absolutely essentially if you have a recurring acne problem that you really want to nip in the bud.


Woah … did someone say nettles? But … but aren’t nettles those garden pests which sting and cause you to break out in a rash?

Yup! Nettles were the bane of many childhoods. One grab (or even a slight brush) of a nettle leaf and your skin would be stinging and itching for at least the next 6 hours.

But when consumed, nettles have a hugely detoxifying effect on your body – and they can eliminate acne.

You can drink nettle tea, or boil nettle leaves and include them in a delicious soup.


Up until a few years ago, I wasn’t even aware that people actually ate oysters. I knew that a scary man from Alice In Wonderland had eaten lots of oysters and got sick, but I didn’t know people ate them.

Then I discovered that people who care about their health eat oysters – and they eat lots of them.

Oysters are rich in zinc, a powerful mineral that can prevent acne. And while you can take zinc supplements, the tastiest (and best) way to get your zinc fix is from oysters. You could also try roasted pumpkin seeds and veal liver.

Whole Grains

Whole grains – such as barley, buckwheat, quinoa and oatmeal – are loaded with health benefits, including the ability to eradicate acne.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is pretty much faultless. It tastes fab, and it comes with awesome health benefits for your skin. Even if you just drink one cup a day, you should be able to see results.

As well as clearing acne, peppermint tea can also promote better digestion and soothe headaches.


If you’re suffering from frequent acne breakouts, it could be that you’re just not eating enough fruit and veg. You’re not alone, of course. But many people who dislike eating whole fruit and vegetables are now turning to juicing in order to get all their nutrients.

Juicing means you get all the health benefits contained in fresh fruit and veg without actually having to eat the whole foods. You can juice whatever fruits and veg you want, making your juice as colourful, tasty and as refreshing as you like. Juicing is convenient, and a fab way to stuff your body with all kinds of essential micronutrients in one fell swoop.

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens – such as spinach and kale – are a great way to clear up your acne and prevent it from ever coming back. Rich in vital nutrients, these plant-based foods help to flush nasty toxins from your skin which are responsible for causing skin conditions, such as acne.

Not everyone enjoys the taste of dark leafy greens. If this is you, all you need to do is find tasty ways of introducing them into your diet. Spinach works well as an added topping to your pizza, while kale can be tossed into a tasty salad. Dark leafy greens also blend well in soups and curries.

Dark Chocolate

You didn’t think this list was going to be totally boring, did you?

Dark chocolate is your new guilty pleasure. Just two small squares per day will be enough to ward off acne, thanks to its powerful antioxidants. Go on, treat yourself!

Stay happy and healthy!

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