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Food for Healthy Skin | BlackDoctor.org


food for healthy skin

Having certain skin conditions and problems are more common in Black skin and can be more severe due to sensitivity. There are also a lack of products available that are geared towards skin with more melanin. Luckily, there are some natural steps you can take to get that healthy skin you desire. If you are struggling to maintain that glowing skin, you are not alone and we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is make these simple changes to your diet.

Which foods are good for your skin?

Eating foods high in five key nutrients can help you have soft, glowing, healthy skin, an expert says.

1. Omega-3s:

While they’re typically associated with brain and heart health and lower blood pressure, they also “can reduce inflammation and keep your skin moisturized,” clinical dietitian Margaret Ifarraguerri, of LifeBridge Health’s Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, says.

Omega 3s are found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring and sardines and also in flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts.

READ: Could Your Drinking Habits Be Ruining Your Skin?

2. Vitamin C:

The body needs vitamin C to produce collagen, a protein that helps heal wounds, and it’s essential for skin cell production, Ifarraguerri says.

Some of the best sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit as well as tomatoes, berries, bell peppers and kiwi fruit.

3. Vitamin A:

This antioxidant “is essential in promoting skin cell growth” and can help protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) damage, especially during spring and summer when the sun’s UV rays are most intense.

You’ll find good amounts of vitamin A in

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