Pimple, spot, acne or zit, is a small pustule or papule that develops when sebaceous glands or oil glands become clogged and infected leading to swollen, red lesions filled with pus. You might get blackheads, or open comedo, that people often mistake for dirt while they are black or brown only because oxidation of melanin wished them so. Then there are whiteheads, small, flesh coloured papules or closed comedo that lie under the skin but still visible. You might get papules, the small, solid, rounded pink bumps or pustules filled with pus. More bad luck, and you get nodules, larger versions of papules, painful and deeply embedded in the skin. Lastly, the cysts, clearly visible, filled with pus,are usually painful and cause scars.
These small pops cause big worries. You miss out on that party you were excited about the whole week, you don’t want to socialise, you are worried about that presentation you worked hard for and why- just because an uninvited zit appeared out of nowhere. They adversely affect your self esteem and image. Not fair, right? How can and why should spots on your face cause you depression, anger and anxiety. Regardless of your age and severity of acne, you lose your calm and yes, your feelings are valid.
All this because society puts a great emphasis on the way you appear. Looks matter, they should not but they do and here we are. Let me tell you my friend, you are not overreacting. I get you. When I have acnes, I realise it affects more than just my skin. It impacts my life in real ways. To people, it might be a trivial problem because when they try to soothe you they compare it to other diseases. I tend to entirely give up on all social situations, and limit myself to my den. I would disappear from family functions, give family reunion pictures a miss, be even insecure that my boyfriend should not see me like this. So if you are feeling this way, you are definitely not alone, not the first, and not the last. This anxiety in turn worsens the acne breakouts. If you too are on the receiving end of the brunt of the social, psychological and emotional ramifications caused by this skin condition that runs deeper than skin, I empathise with you.
Even though puberty is the jackpot time for the pimples, age can’t always steer clear of their wrath. There are other factors like complex interaction of nutrients, hormone fluctuations or even genetic factors. Pimples too like any other health issues are a reflection of your internal health, especially your gut. You might have a stomach issue or your blood might be deficient in nutrients. These factors male your skin vulnerable to pimples or dullness of skin.
Now that we have talked enough about the problem, it is time to move on to the solution. They say, “You are what you eat.” Yes, the solution lies in what you eat.
Following are these skin-friendly superfood listed that would certainly help you ward off the pimples:
You read it right. The first in this list of foods is not food but water. Stay well hydrated because it rejuvenates your body and skin, prevents the skin from going flaky and helps you fight acne and other skin issues. Well hydrated skin cells help in getting rid of dead skin cells. It also keeps you from building up toxins that can cause acne and also fights away the bacteria responsible for it. Water flushes out contaminants, whether they are on the outside in form of pollution or the toxins inside. Moreover, water not only wards off pimples but also keeps your skin soft, and supple.
Nuts are made in heaven for the human skin. Their antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties heal acne and other skin conditions. Almonds and walnuts are called “skin food”. They are enriched with omega 3 fatty acids and healthy fats work like sheer magic on your skin.
Fish Again like almonds and walnuts, fatty fish is also rich in omega 3 fatty acids that give you dewy and glowy skin. They nurture and repair the skin from within and reduce the pimples marks.
Blueberries and blackberries are highly rich in antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress and that’s why their consumption keeps your skin youthful. There are lots of vitamins, minerals and vital nutrients that keep the body metabolism great. Also, their low glycemic index keeps blood sugar in check.
Beetroot is nothing short of a blessing of nature. It’s a powerhouse of vitamin A, vitamin E and other vital minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, just everything that you need for super healthy skin. And if that wasn’t enough, it is also one of the best detoxifying agents that rids your body of harmful toxins.
Red grapes are jam-packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals and treat skin inflammation. Include red grapes in your diet and bid goodbye to redness and swelling around the pimples
These are super rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin E and zinc which are a must for your healthy skin. Pumpkin seeds cure cystic acne and their marks. Take a handful of these and sprinkle on your salad.
Keeping your body healthy with a well-balanced diet is very rewarding. Dark and leafy vegetables like Broccoli, Kale, Spinach, Cabbage are superfood. Their richness in folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, fiber, vitamins maintain an overall nutrient balance in your body. The healthy body means healthy skin too. Make vegetables your ally and fight pimples and their marks away.
An orange a day keeps acne at bay. Oranges are almost synonymous to vitamin C which is a potent enemy of acne and therefore your best friend. Their anti-inflammatory properties heal the swelling and redness around the acne.
10.Yogurt, Curd, Kefir, Sauerkraut
If you have a healthy gut, the fight against pimples is almost won. Probiotic foods have live bacteria fermented that cleanse your gut. A clear gut translates directly into a clear and glowing skin.
Along with a clean diet, keep positive and be kind to yourself. It is easier said than done but you become what you think. Pimples and their marks are not your identity, you are much more than that. Keep this in mind and then go treat your body with the essential superfoods.