Lots of people are drinking fruit and vegetable juices these
days that they actually extract themselves to be sure they get the
freshest ingredients. So you might be wondering, how beneficial is it
for the health of acne-prone skin? Is it the right option for me?
1. What goes into your juicer makes a difference
of the fruits and vegetables that you'll find at your local markets can
actually help to heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within.
However, you don't want to get too excited and start throwing any fruit
or vegetable you can find into your juicer. Some fruits may be better
for your acne-prone skin than others. For example, if you have found in
the past that you don't handle apples well, then you probably shouldn't
throw them into the mix: juicing fruits or vegetables that aren't right
for YOUR BODY won't magically make them good for you.
So stick to the foods you know you can handle, and if you can, work in as many vitamin-packed, acne-friendly, organic fruits and veggies as you can. Here are few ideas to get you started:
- Avocados are a great source of vitamin E.
- Oranges, strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe, kiwi, lemon, broccoli, bell peppers and spinach are good sources of vitamin C. But if you are taking blood thinners, beware, as some substances included in avocado (salicylates) actually
work as potent blood thinners and can increase the possibility of
bleeding. Other veggies with similar characteristics are cabbage and
- Leafy greens, carrots, and pumpkin are full of vitamin A.
- Dark leafy vegetables like kale, mustard greens, broccoli, as well as citrus fruits supply a healthy amount of folate.
- Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries have catechins that protect skin from UVA rays.
2. Too much of a good thing is still too much
not to go overboard when you're tossing things into your juicer,
especially with the fruits. In juicing, as in most other aspects of
life, moderation is key. Fruit and vegetable juice is of course a
nutritious source of vitamins and minerals, but it's also full of
Even if it's naturally occurring, "good sugar,"
too much sugar may still exacerbate acne. For example, citrus fruits
are a good source of vitamin C, but they are also rich in sugar, and
the acid may erode tooth enamel. Grapefruit, in particular, can increase
or block the action of a number of medications, especially those
related to heart issues, so it must be consumed very carefully.
Try our Melon Skin Refresher to get an idea of how to juice in moderation, and let us know what you think!
Melon Skin Refresher
combination of fruits in this juice is good for calming inflammation
and moistening the tissues. Parsley is also rich in nutrients
(especially iron) to bring a healthy glow to a pale complexion.
- ½ honeydew melon
- 6 grapes
- ¼ cucumber
- 1 sprig parsley
Combine all ingredients together in the juicer and process. Drink the
juice immediately after making (the nutrients are most effective and
potent at this point, so don't let it sit around).
3. Remember the big picture
you juice all your daily servings of fruits and veggies, you're likely
drinking them down in just a few minutes, whereas you would normally
have to chew them and take much longer to get the same amount of
nutrients. Chewing is an important part of digestion, so keep that in
mind when deciding whether or not to juice.
If you don't have a juicer, try using a blender. You may get a more
smoothie-like consistency, but you'll love the drink just the same, and
you may get more nutrients since you'll likely consume more fiber and
important to remember that although juicing or blending may be
incorporated into a healthy, acne-friendly diet to act as a natural skin
healer by healing the skin from within, it will not miraculously cure your acne. It will, however, only help you to succeed with your AcnEase regimen!