5 Shocking Foods to Eat for Clear Skin

When we get a zit, the last thing we think about is curing it by changing our diet around. Typically, we look for a topical quick fix or spend hundreds of dollars at a Dermatologist or MedSpa. Studies suggest following a clean diet that is rich with antioxidants, proper supplementation and drinking enough water should help clear your skin, permanently. 

SELF compiled a list of antioxidant-rich foods to incorporate into your diet to get the clear skin you've always dreamed of. Here's some of our favorites.

 

Strawberries

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These fun and delicious fruit are packed with Vitamin C, which promotes the production of collagen; a protein that helps to regenerate skin tissue.  Aim for 1 cup of fruit per day.

 

Almonds

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Nuts are packed with vitamin E and help protect the skin from damaging UV rays and pollutants. Vitamin E and Vitamin C work together to achieve this beneficial barrier to protect the skin. It's suggested to eat 23 almonds daily.

 

Chicken

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Eating lean chicken will help your body produce zinc, which is a mineral that aids in cell production. Cell production helps to shed dead skin and promote new skin growth, giving you all the glow. Eating 4-6 ounces of chicken or lean mean per day is suggested.

 

Oysters

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As quiet as it's kept, oysters do a lot more than what they're known for (rated G version). Oysters are filled with minerals, vitamins, and protein. Some of the vitamins and minerals included are Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Niacin, Zinc, Iron and Copper. All of which contain ingredients that eliminate inflammation. To get the most out of the benefits, it's suggested to eat 3 oysters per day. 
Sweet Potatoes 
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This staple side-dish should not only be celebrated during Thanksgiving, but everyday. Why? Because there is a carotenoid called Beta-carotene that your body converts to Vitamin A (regulates cell production and turnover), leaving your skin soft to the touch. Just one sweet potato gives you 400% of the vitamin A you need each day. That's why it's suggested you consume them only 3 days per week.