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Diet Plan for Oily Skin – Foods to Eat and Avoid

People with oily skin spend a lot of time fretting over their skin care routine. Have they washed their face the right number of times, are they using the right products, should they or should they not use a moisturizer? All these questions constantly plague a person with oily skin.

Ever wonder why you happen to be the unfortunate one with oily skin? These are the reasons why: Causes of Oily Skin

However, did you know that your diet plays an equally important role in determining your skin type? What you consume directly affects the quality of your skin? So, if you want to get rid of oily skin, it’s time you started taking stock of your diet. Here is a list of foodstuffs you should/should not include in your diet in order to keep your skin healthy:

Eat: Citrus fruits

Rich in vitamin C, fruits like oranges, limes and pineapples detoxify the skin and clean up excess oil and toxins.

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Avoid: Snacks with saturated fats

Deep friend snacks abound with saturated fats that make your skin all the more oily and greasy.


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Eat: Raw food

Raw food tends to be devoid of added oils and fats. Also, they are rich in fibre, improving digestion and cleansing your body.


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Avoid: Dairy products

Most dairy products are fattening and oily and therefore, have a negative impact on oily skin. They tend to accelerate acne problems and issues.


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Eat: Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids

Don’t let the word ‘fatty’ lead you into thinking these foodstuffs are bad. Omega 3 fatty acids, found in cold water fish, are actually great for your skin because help flush out toxins and also keep your skin moisturized and hydrated.


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Avoid: Carbonated, sugary drinks

Added sugars increase blood sugar levels and this leads to excess oil production. So, avoid carbonated beverages or drinks with added sugars.


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Eat: Cucumber

People with oily skin need to consume a lot of water so that the excess oils are flushed out of the body. Cucumbers contain 95% water and so help flush out toxins and also keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.


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Avoid: Refined flour

Refined flour, like the flour found in pasta, pizza breads and most baked foods, contains hardly any fibre or nutrients. Replace the food items with whole wheat breads, oats and brown rice.


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Eat: Leafy vegetables

Foods rich in fibre help flush out excess oil from your body and green vegetables are rich in dietary fibre. They also have a very low oil and fat content.

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Avoid: Fatty red meat

Red meat contains saturated fats that make your skin oily. Opt for lean cuts of meat instead.


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By tweaking your diet a bit, you can actually keep oily skin and oily skin problems at bay. Start today to get the skin you’ve always desired!


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This entry was posted on September 19, 2014 by in Skin Care and tagged , , .
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