Summer means longer days and more time outdoors, but it also means sweat, humidity and the dreaded rashes. During the summer months, acne breakouts on the face and body are extremely common. Although flare-ups are undoubtedly bothersome, they are also highly treatable. Acne is frequently associated with age, hormonal changes, positive family history and external factors such as pollution. Certain substances that come into contact with your skin, such as oily creams or lotions, cell phones, headphones, and tight necklaces on your neck, can also cause acne. However, diet plays an important role in preventing or curing acne.
Acne affects approximately 80% of people between the onset of puberty and the age of 30. It is expected to affect 23 million people in India by the end of 2026, with a compound annual growth rate (compound average growth rate) of 0.5%. To combat this, it is necessary to examine the diet of adolescents and young adults, as they are most susceptible to acne. As a dermatologist, I recommend that in addition to a balanced diet to maintain our body functions, the following summer foods be incorporated into meals to relieve both heat and acne.
Fruits like guava and papaya are rich in vitamin C, which helps prevent acne inflammation and is found in many skin care serums. Additionally, vitamin C is known as a powerful antioxidant that promotes the production of collagen in the skin. Lemons are also an excellent source of vitamin C during the summer.
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Fruits Provide Many Nutrients for Skin Health
According to studies, acne is significantly improved in patients who consume 30g of high fiber breakfast cereal (13g fiber/serving) daily. The precise mechanism is unknown, but it may reduce dietary glycemic load. Oatmeal, beans, apples and carrots are easy ways to boost your fiber intake.
Additionally, chickpeas are rich in antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, have a low glycemic index, and act as a pH balancer, all of which help regulate the skin’s sebum production. Chickpeas are delicious in salads, dips, and even in traditional Indian cuisine. Speaking of salads, tomatoes are a high source of not only lycopene antioxidants, but also vitamins A, C, and K, which help clear up acne and improve skin quality.
Pumpkin, on the other hand, is hardly a glamorous ingredient in Indian cooking; however, it has considerable benefits for the skin. Pumpkin, which contains niacin, beta-carotene, riboflavin, B6 and folate, increases blood circulation and helps in the treatment of acne. It is widely available during the summer and can be eaten both sweet and savory. Pumpkin seeds are also high in antioxidants, zinc, and fiber.
Yogurt and plant-based milk like almond or soy milk can also be included in your acne regimen. Yogurt can help prevent acne by reducing inflammation and levels of IGF-1, which is found in milk. A bowl of yogurt not only keeps pimples away in the summer, but also helps reduce body heat and improve digestion.
However, the easiest way to fight acne during the summer is to increase water intake; this helps remove toxins and bacteria from the skin, reducing the possibility of clogged pores. Increasing your water intake helps lower blood sugar levels, which helps prevent acne clusters on the skin during the summer heat.
While the foods and ingredients mentioned above are helpful in fighting acne, there are a number of foods to avoid during the summer. Here are some foods to avoid if you want to say goodbye to pimples and hello to great skin.
1. Sugars and sugary drinks
2. Cereals with a high glycemic load (such as white rice, maida, cornflakes, etc.)
3. Whole or skimmed milk
4. Fast food
6. Processed foods (sodas, chips, etc.)
7. Whey Protein Isolates
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Although we all desire soft, smooth and supple skin, the majority of us don’t have it. Our daily food choices have a significant impact on the condition of our skin. So to avoid unwanted pimples and breakouts this summer, keep these summer treats ready in your fridge.
Author Bio: Dr. Somodyuti Chandra is Consultant Dermatologist at Medica Superspecialty Hospital
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