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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Illinois chapter.

Sometimes it can be hard to maintain clear skin, especially since college is stressful and stress is one of the main triggers of acne. It’s a vicious cycle, ladies. Diet is another key factor in preventing breakouts, so check out this list of foods to eat and avoid to keep your skin healthy and clear.


What to eat:



Berries are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are anti-inflammatories that help your body to heal itself while also protecting your skin. So, it’s good to include blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and goji berries into your diet if you want to decrease mild to moderate acne.



As if you needed a reason to include more delicious omelets into your breakfasts. Eggs provide amino acids that are great for generating new proteins within skin cells. The yolks also nourish and soothes the skin while providing vitamin A to help repair and maintain healthy skin.



Salmon, tuna, halibut and sardines are good options filled with essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s that reduce inflammation in the body. Water and healthy nutrients are absorbed into the skin while toxins are kept out, decreasing the chance of clogged pores. Remember, don’t fry the fish, bake or grill it to keep it healthy!

What not to eat:



Cut back on processed sugar to be sure not to spike your blood sugar levels. This could lead to a breakout not long after. If you’re craving sugar, opt for natural sugars found in fruits instead. Simple carbohydrates that’s converted into sugar, like white bread and pasta, should also be minimized in your diet for glowing skin.



A glass of milk isn’t as healthy for your body or skin as you think. Dairy contains natural hormones that can lead to an acne outbreak by increasing inflammation. You want to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible for clear skin. Instead of drinking milk, I drink almond milk and it’s a delicious, healthier alternative.


Fried Foods

The vegetable oils found in fried foods induce inflammation, making it more difficult to maintain clear skin. Fry your own foods at home with healthier options like coconut oil and olive oil. Decrease the amount of greasy foods that you eat, and you’ll see a difference in your skin.

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