The Best Foods Ever to Heal Breakouts

Whether you’re battling long-term chronic acne, hormonal acne or late-night drinking and junk food acne, here at The Glow Paradise we have found that at the end of the day, it always comes down to 2 things: having a consistent skincare routine and focusing your diet on gut-friendly foods. Because every person’s skin is different, and despite two people seemingly having the same skin type and struggles with breakouts, one might react to a certain skincare product in a drastically different manner to the other. Skincare is not a one size fits all, and there is no motif to repeat. Which is why we are here to present you with the research-backed list of your dreams of foods to eat when you’re breaking out.


By eating the right foods, you’re fueling your skin with the right tools to do its job, which includes acting as a barrier, warding off free radicals, and producing things like collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.


1- H2O & water-rich foods


We’re talking cucumbers, berries and melon, etc. One of our pillars in our food for medicine philosophy is eating your water. The more you do that, the more regular and fast your natural body detoxification will occur. The more your body rids itself of persistent toxins and the happier your skin becomes!


2- Dark leafy greens


Spinach, kale and collard greens are all foods that allow hydration to slowly release into your system, contain quite a bit of organic fiber that feed the bacteria in your gut to make your digestive system thrive, and are plenty rich in vitamin A which helps stabilize oil production in your skin directly fighting breakouts and acne. We’re not saying don’t have that late night pizza, but rather top it with some arugula. We would call that a win-win.


3- Healthy fats


Look to avocados, nuts and omega-3 fatty acids to shield your skin below the surface and regulate inflammation. This will result in bright and blemish-free facial skin. They are truly the perfect skin snacks.


4- Anti-inflammatory spices


Add flavor as well as a boost of nutrition to your meals with spices like cinnamon, paprika and turmeric, which will boost antioxidants, warmth and ultimately skin radiance. Cinnamon contains antimicrobial properties that tighten the skin, paprika boasts vitamin C and beta-carotene (which will naturally protect your from the sun), and turmeric is an inflammation soothing dream.


5- Fermented foods


Ingredients like kimchi or kombucha will help improve your gut microbiome, and as mentioned earlier, a thriving microbiome translated to better skin barrier health.


6- Pomegranate


There are nutritional compounds in this fruit that have been proven to help against sun exposure, hyperpigmentation and even protection against UV rays. In the case of evening your skin tone, you have to look for antioxidants and pomegranate happens to contain tons of them.