Found in chocolate, milk, cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream, this food group is one to avoid when you’ve got a pimple. “Dairy is often problematic for those that suffer acne as it can lead to increased levels of inflammation and skin breakdown, which can result in ageing and acne in many people,” says Beilharz.
Found in spinach, brown rice, lentils, chickpeas, oysters and most meats, zinc is one vitamin you should add to your diet, stat. “Zinc is fantastic for encouraging healing, and may also help minimise future breakouts,” says Beilharz.
Whether you love to snack on a handful of sweets or add a teaspoon of it into your coffee and tea, sugar should be avoided when you are suffering from breakouts. “Sugar is another common trigger for people with acne,” continues Beilharz. “This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you enjoy a chocolate bar occasionally that you’ll break out, but if you continually overindulge in sugar it might worsen your skin. Try reducing sweet things to a few times a week as a treat rather than a daily necessity.”
Try: Omega 3
It’s good news for those that love a handful of chia seeds in your breakfast pudding or a slab of salmon for lunch. “Omega 3, which can be sourced from foods such as fish and nuts and seeds, contain alpha-linolenic acid which can help decreases dryness and keep skin soft, smooth, and supple.”
Avoid: Refined carbohydrates
When you’ve got a breakout, it’s best to avoid refined carbohydrates like biscuits, fried foods and processed breakfast cereals. “Everyone is individual in what they find may trigger their acne flare-ups however common food culprits are dairy, sugar and a diet high in refined carbohydrates. Keep a food diary in which you track what you eat with a few notes on how your skin is to see if you can find your culprit!”
Try: Fermented foods
From a refreshing drink of kombucha to a small snack of kimchi, getting your dose of fermented foods can be easy and delicious at the same time. “By cleaning up your diet your gut health will improve, which may help your skin health,” finishes Beilharz. “You can further support gut health with a probiotic or by increasing gut-friendly fermented foods.”
This article originally appeared on BeautyCrew