Acne in winter can be connected to dietary changes that reflect the seasonal availability of fruits and vegetables, as well as our fluctuating tastes during the year.
Eating more comfort foods during the colder months can mean fewer fresh fruits and more starchy, sugar-laden foods. Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations also add extra temptation to eat foods that aren’t good for skin health, as well as to drink more alcohol than is usual. These dietary changes make skin breakouts increasingly likely.
Acne in Winter – Maintain Healthy Eating Habits Year-Round!
Remembering to eat at least 8 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day can go a long way to cutting your risk of acne in winter. This might mean keeping up your routine of a daily fruit smoothie, with added flaxseed, hemp or chia seed to help replenish healthy oils.
Fresh fruits and vegetables provide essential antioxidants and vitamin C which help protect the skin, enhance immune function, and encourage the production of collagen, the protein responsible for the structure of the skin.
Fresh vegetables may be more abundant at farmers markets and such during the summer, but there are plenty of healthy seasonal items to enjoy in the winter. Brassicas, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are all fantastic for skin health as they provide calcium, beta carotene (pro-vitamin A), and sulphurous compounds that help the body to clear undesirable hormone residues that can adversely affect acne symptoms.
Legumes, such as broad beans and runner beans are a great source of vitamins and minerals, as well as protein to nourish and repair the skin and support immune system health to fight the infection that causes acne.
Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables!
If you have limited access to fresh seasonal produce in winter then it may be a good idea to look into healthy ways to store food so as to preserve, and even enhance nutrient content. This could include learning canning techniques, pickling fresh vegetables, and even building a root cellar and cold storage system for onions, potatoes, apples, and other produce. Dehydrating fresh produce can also help ensure a good supply of fruits and vegetables year-round, and make storage easier.
Read on for more ways to successfully manage acne in winter, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Eat to Beat Acne! for year-round advice on keeping skin healthy and happy.