The One Ingredient You Should START Adding To Your Meals For Clear Skin, According To A Dermatologist

September 12, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
shefinds | beauty

If your goal is to achieve clearer, acne-free skin, sometimes it’s beneficial to turn your attention away from your skincare routine and towards your diet. The foods you eat in your day to day life, directly affect your skin in more ways than you may realize.

We all know that greasy, oily foods can increase oil production in your skin and clog pores, so they should be strictly avoided. But did you know there are certain ingredients you can add to your meals to actually help clear your complexion?

One unexpected ingredient that’s very beneficial to your complexion: garlic.

You probably already include garlic in many of your meals without even thinking about how it, but this common ingredient is actually really good for your skin. Garlic is rich in allicin, a natural chemical that helps kill harmful bacteria in your body when digested. When a buildup of bad bacteria sits in your gut, it causes all sorts of inflammation that lead to acne flare ups.

When our bodies digest garlic, it kills that harmful bacteria, leading to clear, breakout-free skin. Everyone's dream!

To get the most out of this potent ingredient, it’s recommended that you consume garlic raw. Since munching down on raw garlic isn’t exactly the most pleasant thing in the world, try mincing it into a salad, pasta dish, or vegetable saute.

If you think about it, there are plenty of easy, healthy recipes you can cook that include raw garlic. With just this one simple addition to your meals and a healthy overall diet, you can see your breakouts fade away in no time.


Fashion & Beauty Editorial Assistant

Jessica is a former Editorial Assistant at SheFinds, where she covered everything from the latest fashion trends to new beauty launches. As a fashion-obsessed beauty junkie, she prides herself on hoarding far too many pairs of shoes (if that’s even a thing) and skincare products. Jessica’s work has also appeared in The Zoe Report, AhaLife, JoyfullyMe, and Her Campus Media. You can reach her at [email protected]

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