Hormonal acne can be so discouraging, especially in your adult years. In order to bring your hormones back into balance, Eating Clean, getting healthy fats and drinking enough water along with daily movement can make a big difference. You CAN heal, and remember that keeping your stress low during this time is so important.
Here are 5 foods to focus on for reducing acne and achieving glowing skin!
1. Egg Yolks
When it comes to hormonal acne, fat is often a major player in healing. In order for your hormones to balance out, you need to get enough of the RIGHT kind of fat in your diet. Egg yolks should be lightly cooked (not hard) and pastured if possible. This means the chickens are eating a natural diet, which results in the yolks being richer in Omega 3 fatty acids that your hormones depend on for clear and glowing skin.
2. Fermented Foods
Sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir are all options you can look to for healing your gut, balancing your hormones and achieving healthy looking and feeling skin. Why are fermented foods so great? Because they are rich in probiotics, fermented foods help to diminish bad bacteria and replenish the good bacteria in your gut which leads to a healthier immune system, balanced hormone production and by proxy, clear skin! You can start with 1 Tablespoon of sauerkraut or kimchi at each meal, or enjoy a shot of kefir each day.
3. Green Veggies
Your green vegetables and leafy greens like broccoli, kale, collard greens, arugula and watercress are all rich sources of vitamins and minerals like Folic acid, Vitamin C, Iron and Zinc that support your body in becoming optimal and balanced. Ideally, you enjoy these foods every day cooked with grass-fed butter or ghee, or included in stews or soups.
4. Bone Broth
Find knuckle bones and marrow bones at your local butcher and boil them down into bone broth, or purchase pre-made bone broth at a local butcher or health-food store and enjoy the fatty, mineral rich benefits of a healing broth. Bone broth is so rich in gut-healing minerals and can help your body replenish its fat stores if you haven’t been getting enough. Minerals are best absorbed at night, so have one cup a day, ideally in the evening or as a base for your soups or stews at dinner time.
This fatty fish is very rich in Omega 3’s and B Vitamins, Selenium and of course, protein. Blood sugar spikes can often result in acne breakouts, so it’s important to eat foods that are rich in fat and protein to stabilize your blood sugar. Salmon is also an excellent source of antioxidants which support your body in natural regeneration and repair.