How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Fast & Pimple Marks
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Acne scars might be quite troublesome as they look unattractive and are difficult to deal with and even if you had finally managed to fight acne, the scars may stay with you for a very long time. Luckily, there are various natural ways which will help you solve the problem. They are often much more effective than cosmetics, they are cheap and cause no side effects.
Getting Rid of Acne Scars Through Your Diet
While these natural home remedies for getting rid of acne scars are effective, this blog post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t emphasize the importance of healing and preventing future breakouts through your diet.
I always say that clear skin is an inside job, which means your internal health has a direct impact on the appearance and texture of your skin. As your largest organ of detoxification, your skin’s appearance is a telling indicator of high levels of toxins in your body (which can manifest as breakouts) or hormonal imbalances.
This is why, in addition to using topical remedies for acne scars, it’s also important to add skin supportive foods to your diet each day.
Collagen peptides can help stimulate collagen production from the inside out, while plant foods such as spirulina, chlorella, leafy greens, fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all rich sources of antioxidant vitamins that help promote healthy skin cells.
Refined sugar also acts as a toxin and damages your skin. This is because when you eat refined sugar, it attaches to proteins in your bloodstream and forms new molecules called AGEs, or advanced glycation end products. AGEs damage the collagen in your skin, preventing your skin from healing quicker and also causing premature wrinkles (13).
In addition to refined sugar, foods that are known to cause acne breakouts include dairy, white flour, grains and gluten, which is why it’s best to avoid these foods.
As mentioned above, refined sugar contributes to damaged skin by forming AGEs. But sugar also causes rapid spikes in your blood sugar levels, triggering the release of insulin. Fluctuating insulin levels have been shown to increase sebum production (14). Excess sebum (oil) can clog your pores when mixed with the bacteria that live on your skin and form pimples. Refined sugar, dairy and gluten are often the cause of acne breakouts. Stick with leafy plant foods!
Dairy and gluten are common (and often hidden) food sensitivities for many people. Repeatedly eating a food your body has difficulty digesting can not only trigger an immune response, but also deplete your healthy gut bacteria. This leads to a health condition called gut dysbiosis. Since approximately 70% of your immune system is located in your gut, gut dysbiosis can lead to immune dysfunction, which is a primary cause of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Lastly, essential fatty acids are an important nutrient for keeping your skin blemish-free. We require both omega-3’s and omega-6’s from our diets to keep our skin healthy. However, they are needed in a very specific ratio with one another—or else they can have the opposite effect and cause acne.
You see, omega-3 essential fatty acids are an anti-inflammatory nutrient, while omega-6’s cause inflammation when consumed in excess, resulting in inflammatory skin conditions such as acne (15).
The ideal omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is 1:2 or 1:3 for optimal health. Unfortunately, today’s Western diet is closer to a 1:17 ratio (16). This means we’re consuming at least 5 times the amount of omega-6’s we should be. This is because omega-6’s are found in high oleic vegetable oils and fats that are included in most packaged foods, fried foods and processed foods.
You can help reduce the inflammation in your skin by adding more omega-3’s to your diet and reducing your amount of omega-6’s. This can be done by eating more omega-3 rich foods at each meal (such as salmon, avocado, walnuts, flaxseed, hemp hearts and chia seeds), while avoiding processed, packaged and fast foods that are high in omega-6’s.
Since the Paleo diet recommends eating the skin supportive foods above, and eliminates the most common foods that cause acne, following a Paleo diet may also be an ideal way to improve the appearance and texture of your skin.
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