As anyone who has struggled with acne is aware, there is a profound connection between the foods we eat and how they affect our skin. For this reason, trying to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich produce, healthy fats, drink enough water, and avoiding common allergens like wheat, dairy, and soy are a good game plan. But what if you are doing everything "right" and are still suffering with a combo of random cystic breakouts and fine lines, no matter how vigilantly you avoid the most common acne-triggers?
This was my story a few years ago—I became borderline obsessive about keeping my diet "perfect" in order to heal my skin, and the irony was that no matter how "clean" I tried to eat, my acne remained painful, cystic, and embarrassing. Determined to get to the root of my own breakouts, I decided to do some digging and uncover which nutrients our skin truly thrives on in order to heal and regenerate. What I discovered was that the quality of our digestion, hormones, and skin is dependent on a few vital nutrients that are commonly missing from the average "healthy" diet.