Many people have faced this situation – you eat a delicious chocolate and two days later, you break out. If you are one of these people, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. It has been proved that more then one third of the human population have a connection between their acnes and the food they are eating. The same goes for kids. The fact that they are young does not make them immune to breaking out and facing the challenges that every type of food brings.
The acne is actually a process called keratinization where the cells face a turnover and a disorder. The turnover leads to cells that are retained and thus, they block the oil glands and trap the sebum and the protein under the skin. That’s how the oils and the proteins become food for the acne.
The cycle of the renewal of the skin involves more than just one step. Components of these steps are the food you eat. Your kid’s skin is constantly under construction, just like the body, so it needs nutrients and vitamins so that it can rebuild and repair. So, your kid needs to build healthy eating habits so that he/she can protect the healthy skin.
As a parent, you definitely should dedicate a lot of time at preparing the lunch box of your kids so that it contains a lot of healthy ingredients. For a skin that is prone to acne, dermatologists recommend eating food that is not processed and is low fat and to avoid meats, dairy products, french fries, chocolate or any other junk food.
Vitamin A is an acne-fighting food. It regulates the skin cycle, so that no oil or protein is trapped. Carrots, fish oil, spinach, broccoli and salmon are great sources of vitamin A.
Some researches have sown that kids with acne have lower levels of zinc. The zinc creates an environment that prevents the growth of acne. Zinc can be found in almonds, nuts, wheat germ and turkey.
Vitamins E and C calm the skin. Vitamin C can be found in papaya, lemons, grapefruit, tomatoes and oranges. Vitamin E can be found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, broccoli, olive oil, avocado, sweet potato and sunflower seed.
Omega 3 fatty acids also help with acne problems and can be found in cold water fish like sardines and salmon, flaxseed oil, sunflower seed, almonds and walnuts.