Acne can be a hell of a skin condition to deal with at any age, and if you’ve tried all the creams and ointments on the market to no avail, you may want to try altering your diet to feed your skin the healthy nutrients and antioxidants it needs. Ingredients such as blueberries, kale, avocado, sweet potatoes, beets, and sunflower seeds, among many others, contain antioxidants that can protect and heal your skin, hydrate and clear out your pores, and even smooth out any lines and wrinkles.
Limiting your sugar intake can also help to keep your skin clear, so steering clear of refined sugars in your favorite sweets is a great step in the right direction. Check out our guide for 13 fruit and veggie-packed recipes for acne that will give your skin the support it needs to get back to a healthy glow.
Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie
Walnuts, blueberries, and ground flaxseeds all bring anti-inflammatory properties to this healthy smoothie, all of which will give your skin a remarkable glow.
5 minutes 120 calories Easy
Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Packed with nutritious veggies, healthy fats, and nuts, this salad is great as a light lunch or meatless dinner.
10 minutes 220 calories Easy
Late Summer Kale Salad
This colorful salad includes antioxidant-rich beets, tomatoes, and kale, all of which are great for your skin.
30 minutes 110 calories Easy
Chickpea Zucchini Burger
The sunflower seeds in these hearty veggie burgers are high in vitamin E which can help prevent acne development and may help skin that is scarred by acne.
40 minutes 428 calories Easy
Lemon Herb Salmon
Easy, delicious, and healthy, this herbaceous salmon dish is baked instead of fried or sauteed, meaning there’s no grease to clog up your precious pores.
25 minutes 579 calories Easy
Almond Crusted Chicken with Cherry Balsamic Sauce
Crushed almonds replace breadcrumbs for a gluten-free crust that also happens to be high in vitamin E, which can protect your skin from sun damage.
25 minutes 300 calories Easy
Tuna Stuffed Bell Peppers
Stuffed with Greek-inspired flavors like Kalamata olives, tuna has the antioxidant selenium which can help protect skin from sun damage.
30 minutes 239 calories Easy
Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili
Packed with healthy legumes, sweet potatoes, veggies, and plenty of spice, this non-traditional chili has a lot of vitamin C from sweet potatoes which is known to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
55 minutes 240 calories Easy
Roasted Eggplant, Red Pepper, and Garlic Spread
Enjoy this creamy dip filled with eggplant, red pepper, and garlic – all of which have ingredients that are good for your skin – spread on baguette slices or in toasted pitas with grilled chicken.
50 minutes 195 calories Easy
Quinoa with Roasted Squash, Dried Cranberries & Pepitas
Whole grains like quinoa can help maintain healthy skin, so make this fresh and tangy salad as often as possible to give your skin that pleasant glow.
25 minutes 240 calories Easy
Red Grape and Chicken Salad Wraps
These red grape and chicken salad wraps are refreshing and easy to make, plus grapes are a good source of antioxidants that maintain good circulation and strengthen collagen.
15 minutes 160 calories Easy
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
These decadent truffles have a secret ingredient – avocados – which has vitamins that promote healthy skin by decreasing oil production and the size of your pores.
45 minutes 59 calories Easy
Chocolate Pomegranate Ginger Bark
Tart pomegranate juice mixed with dark chocolate and ginger is an incredible explosion of flavors, but this sweet, tart dessert is also rich in antioxidants that protect your skin from UV rays.
40 minutes 100 calories Easy