Ever heard the saying you are what you eat?

Well then eating the correct foods could mean a clear, glowing complexion and skin that looks and feels great.

We often blame bad skin on puberty but fact is that around 20 percent of women suffer from acne well into their 20s and 30s. Acne can be caused by anything from stress to hormone fluctuations to diet.

Besides from antibiotics and over the counter treatments, there are numerous foods which contain skin clearing agents. Take a look at the top skin clearing foods you should incorporate into a healthy diet and exercise regime and see the vast difference in your skin.

Kefir - 

Kefir is a probiotic which keeps our gut healthy. It is known to aide digestion problems, a happy gut means a happy skin.

Nettles - 

Yes the kind that sting you on most hikes but when taken in tea or capsule form you will be surprised to discover that they have an anti-inflammatory effect. Nettles help calm the skin and improve skin conditions such as eczema.

Dark Berries - 

Berries are jam packed with antioxidants which aid in skin clearing as well as contain a lot of fibre. We suggest having a berry smooth in the morning or add some berries to your porridge as they are also known to keep hunger pangs at bay. Read our article on keeping hunger pangs at bay.

Water - 

The best and most cheapest way to flush toxins out is by drinking tons of water. Water replenishes water in the cells as well as keeps our fluid levels at bay which helps our brain function fully. Remember to drink the recommended eight glasses of water and even more when exercising.

Red Grapes -

Red grapes contain natural chemicals and antioxidants which is known to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Red grapes are a natural antihistamine that helps to control the side effects of allergic reactions.

Brown Rice - 

Try swopping out white processed carbs for brown wholegrain foods. A portion a day of wholegrain foods such as brown rice helps to regulate your sugar levels by releasing energy slowly throughout the day. Brown rice is a perfect side when it comes to stir-fry and curry.

Avocado - 

This green fruit is filled with vitamin E. A vitamin which is known to boost the skin's vitality and glow. Avocados also contain vitamin C which reduces skin inflammation. Eating half a avo a day can improve the skin's ability to keep it self moisturised and you can even mic a mushed avo with honey to great a DIY face mask.

Cottage Cheese - 

Packed with protein and selenium you should seriously consider adding cottage cheese into your diet if you don't suffer from allergies or follow certain diet requirements. Try adding a couple of spoons to a jacket potato with a side of broccoli and spinach for a skin nourishing meal.

Broccoli - 

Along with kale, broccoli is known as a super vegetable. It contains everything from antioxidants to vitamin A, B, C, E and K. Broccoli helps to revive damaged tissue while adding luminosity to the skins complexion. Broccoli can be eaten raw in a salad or even lightly steamed season with some chilli and garlic and you have the perfect side.

Green Tea - 

Drinking green tea will improve your skin and boost its glow, keep a box at your desk while at work to sip on throughout the day.

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