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Your guide to getting clear skin

Your guide to getting clear skin

When it comes to fighting acne and blemishes, many people expect that the war ends after adolescence. In reality, the quest for perfect skin is a never-ending battle. If only we could hit a certain age and have our skin magically be free of any issues. It would certainly save a ton of headaches and even more in skin care product purchases.

Although the most difficult phase in skin care comes during that time our hormones are changing, keeping your skin pristine and looking fabulous can be an ongoing challenge. However, you’re not fighting empty-handed. Here are all the weapons you need in your arsenal to keep your face looking so fresh and so clean.

Curb the carbs

A long time ago, the common belief was that eating greasy foods led to oily skin, and therefore pimples. It turns out carbohydrates might be to blame instead. Research has suggested that “the improvement in acne … after a low-glycemic-load diet suggests that nutrition-related lifestyle factors may play a role in the pathogenesis of acne.” In non-science terms, that means in their clinical trial, the people who ate fewer carbs had better skin. They weren’t quite sure why, but hey, the results speak for themselves.

Make sure you’re getting enough zinc

Research has suggested that people with acne have lower levels of zinc in their system, and that taking zinc supplements can improve their skin issues. However, don’t just go crazy taking zinc supplements without talking to a doctor first. Too much can cause fever, fatigue, and other problems. Start with a multivitamin and go from there if you think your diet may be lacking nutrients. A lot of zinc comes from eating meat, so vegans and vegetarians might run into a zinc deficiency.

Vitamin D can help, too

It won’t prevent you from getting acne in the first place, but Vitamin D helps bolster your immune system and helps the natural oil of your skin develop antibacterial properties. Both of these factors may help you recover from a pimple quicker. So a little sunshine might actually be good for your skin after all, as long as you remember to wear sunscreen.