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Acne scars are skin wounds that need healing so you can have as smooth of a complexion as possible. A natural remedy for healing these scars is by eating a variety of foods known for containing nutrients with skin-healing properties. You need to eat a well-balanced diet in order to gain the greatest amounts of benefits state the experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 1.
Zinc, an essential mineral, provides important benefits for skin health say experts at the Mayo Clinic. It assists with wound healing reports the NIH. High-protein foods, such as:
- contain large amounts of zinc
To increase your zinc consumption, choose the dark meat of poultry instead of the white meat. Peanuts and peanut butter also contain zinc. Legumes, otherwise known as beans, contain respectable amounts of zinc. Bean soups are rich sources of zinc. Soy beans, a legume, contain zinc. Soy-based products you can eat include tofu, miso, tempeh, soy cheese and meatless entrees. Or, you can add some soy protein isolate to your beverages.
- Zinc, an essential mineral, provides important benefits for skin health say experts at the Mayo Clinic.
- Soy-based products you can eat include tofu, miso, tempeh, soy cheese and meatless entrees.
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Other foods rich in the nutrient are seeds and nuts like flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, pistachios and butternuts. Whole grains can be rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These include:
- whole wheat
- wheat bran
- oat bran
- brown rice
Choose whole grain products over those made with refined flours to help heal your acne scars.
Contain Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an essential vitamin that operates as an antioxidant in your body. This vitamin is “an important component of skin health” say the experts at NIH. Find the nutrient in animal livers and kidneys, red meat, eggs and whole fat dairy products. Be aware, however, that these foods contain high amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol. You can also get your Vitamin A by eating fat and cholesterol-free, plant-based sources that are brightly colored. These include vegetables, such as:
- sweet potatoes
- dark green
- leafy vegetables
Eat a variety of fruits, including apricots, cantaloupe and pink grapefruit to get your share of the skin healing vitamin.
- Vitamin A is an essential vitamin that operates as an antioxidant in your body.
- You can also get your Vitamin A by eating fat and cholesterol-free, plant-based sources that are brightly colored.
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- Mayo Clinic: Acne: Alternative medicine
- Nutrition Data: Foods rich in Zinc
- Nutrition Data: Foods rich in Omega-3
- Nutrition Data: Fin fish
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