The idea that some foods may cause acne breakouts is a commonly held belief. Scientifically speaking, however, evidence linking foods with acne has been inconsistent. Nevertheless, many people with acne are convinced that eating certain foods usually results in acne breakouts. Many foods have been implicated in acne, but some such as pizza, fried foods, milk and chocolate receive much of the blame. So far, however, a direct association between particular foods and acne has not been clearly shown.
That is not to say, however, that diet has no role in skin health. In the same way that proper nutrition is important for a healthy body, what you eat is also important for developing and maintaining a healthy complexion. Here are some dietary sources of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients that are part of a skin-healthy diet.
Sources of biotin: soy products, brewers yeast, liver, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, sardines, whole eggs, mackerel, almonds, cauliflower, whole grains, mushrooms, bran, brown rice
Sources of zinc: oysters, brewers yeast, lean beef, pork, lamb, liver, chicken, walnuts, pecans, lima beans, pumpkin seeds
Sources of protein: shellfish, lean beef, pork, lamb, chicken, cheese, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, mackerel, soybeans, liver, peas, pecans, lima beans, eggs, kidney beans
Sources of sulfur: bananas, wheat, eggs, oranges, almonds, rye, crabs, chicken, coconut, fish, beef, rice, corn, carrots
Sources of iodine: fish, shellfish, eggs, iodized salt, spinach, kelp
Sources of selenium: fish, shellfish, lean beef, pork, chicken, whole grains, garlic, brazil nuts
Essential Fatty Acids
Sources of essential fatty acids: Seafood, nuts, flax seeds