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Diet Tips for Treating Acne Dark Spots

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on March 19, 2010

Acne Cures And Natural Home Remedies

Acne results from the secretion of oil in excessive amounts by the sebaceous glands that lie beneath the surface of the skin. This excess sebum rises up into the pores of the skin and solidifies on coming into contact with dead skin cells and dust particles present in the air.

Teenagers are most commonly affected by acne, as the sudden spurt in the level of hormones in their bodies causes the overproduction of sebum. Though acne disappear on their own as one grows up, sometimes they leave behind ugly spots and scars that can lead to social embarrassment and low self-esteem.

The best way of preventing this is to refrain from touching or squeezing the pimples, since the amount of pressure applied externally to them has a direct bearing on the prominence of the marls they leave behind on the skin.

It is also essential to keep the skin clean and oil-free by washing it periodically with cold water. This goes a long way in preventing the appearance of dark spots.

There are a few basic dietary rules that you should follow to reduce the chances of the appearance of acne and the resultant risk of ugly spots and marks on your skin.

Stay away from oily food, deep-fried snacks and excessively sweet desserts, as they tend to add to the oiliness of the skin and intensify the problem of acne.

You should drink plenty of water in order to keep your skin well hydrated as well as to prevent it from becoming too oily. In addition, eat fresh leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, leeks and cabbage, and juicy fruits like watermelons, raw coconuts, tomatoes and cucumbers, as they contain large amounts of water as well as essential nutrients that help keep the skin healthy and blemish-free.

Fruits are also rich natural sources of vitamins C and E, which help the skin recover from the damage caused by acne. Eating a protein-rich diet is also useful in preventing and curing acne, as this nutrient boosts the skin’s natural healing capacity. Thus, you should include soy products, tofu and lean meats in your regular diet.

Also, eat sea fish regularly as they contain zinc, a nutrient that helps reduce the severity of the problem. Your dermatologist may also recommend a daily dose of zinc supplements to solve the problem. Another popular remedy for getting rid of acne is to drink a small glass of wheatgrass juice every day. 

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