6 Spices to Eat for Clear Skin

Are you looking for a quick, easy way to reduce acne and improve skin health? Then look no further than your spice cabinet!

Spices aren’t just for flavoring food, they hold acne fighting power too! Adding more spices into your life may reduce the acne breakouts and improve skin clarity. They accomplish this with their anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Here are the spices:

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is great for reducing blood sugar and insulin levels. High level of blood sugar and insulin will promote acne breakouts by increasing oil production and cell turnover which leads to clogged pores. Adding cinnamon into your daily diet could result in less oily and clearer skin.

Cumin

Cumin helps skin a couple ways. It’s loaded with vitamin E which is essential for healthy skin and it contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help eliminate acne. Adding cumin to your diet may help keep skin clear and as an added bonus it helps with premature aging.

Chamomile

Chamomile has amazing anti-inflammatory and calming properties which reduces redness and swelling. Not only does it reduce inflammation, but it speeds up healing and clears the infection. Adding a cup of chamomile tea to your day may help rid your skin of those pesky cystic acne bumps.

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is an anti-acne powerhouse! It has antiviral and antibacterial properties which may help reduce inflammation and infection. It also can help with reducing post acne marks and assisting in exfoliation. Adding nutmeg to your diet may help you reduce inflammation and clogged pores.

Ginger

Ginger is filled with anti-inflammatory compounds and anti-aging antioxidants. It has been used for years in Chinese and Indian medicine to treat arthritis (an inflammatory disease). It prevents acne by lowering blood sugar (like cinnamon) and reducing oil production. Add ginger to your diet to improve skin tone and fight acne.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory agent. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and decrease acne bacteria. It has properties that speed up the healing process and reduces clogged pores. It does this be reducing skin cell growth and the amount of oil produced. Adding turmeric to your diet could lead to less breakouts and inflammation.

How to Add Them to Your Day

Incorporating spices into your diet may seem challenging, so I came up with an easy plan to get more spices in our life.

  1. Start your day with ginger and lemon water – Soak ¼ t of minced ginger root in warm water for 10 minutes and then squirt with lemon juice
  2. Add cinnamon and nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice (no sugar) to your morning coffee or breakfast
  3. Eat a leafy green salad for lunch or dinner with a dressing of lemon, olive oil and acne fighting spices such as turmeric and cumin or a combination spice such as Hot Madras Curry Powder
  4. End you day with a cup of chamomile tea before bed

There you have it. An easy-peasy way to get more acne fighting spices in your life!

There are many more spices that offer amazing skin benefits. What is your favorite skin spice and why? Please share with me; I would love to know! Thanks!

Does Milk Cause Acne?

There’s nothing I love more than a snuggly cup of coffee loaded with heavy cream first thing in the morning. I wake up every morning to write and drink my coffee in blessed silence as the rest of the house is sleeping. It’s therapeutic, but could my morning habit be contributing to my skin breakouts?

The other morning, I decided to research the link between diet and acne. Hoping to figure out the next piece of the acne puzzle.

I believe that there is an internal and external component to acne. In a recent post, I offered advice for the external piece. Now it’s time to focus on the internal piece.

In my research, dairy came up over and over again as causing acne. I looked at my cup and thought, “oh no! not my coffee!” I decided to dive deeper into dairy and acne.

According to the medical community, there is a definite link between acne and milk. Milk in this instance refers to milk from cows.

There have been many studies conducted to prove the link between milk and acne. They all have proved that there is a definite link. Meaning if you have acne, you would benefit from removing dairy from your diet.

Why Does Milk Cause Acne?

Milk comes from pregnant cows. It contains hormones which helps the baby cows grow. These hormones are ingested by us when we drink milk or eat dairy products.

How does this cause acne? The hormones passed through the cow’s milk contains androgens or male sex hormones specifically testosterone. It’s a small amount of hormones, but most people with acne seem to react to the extra hormones.

How does our skin react? By producing more oil. The increased oil production promotes clogged pores which in turn become inflamed pimples.

Here is a link from the study if you are interested.

Ok, so dairy is out. Now what?

More importantly, am I ever going to enjoy another cup of coffee again!?

I decided to remove all dairy from my diet to see if there is a difference. It’s been about a week and I haven’t had any new pimples pop up, so I’m thinking that there may be something to the dairy causing acne thing.

Could your acne be caused by dairy? The easiest way to test this theory yourself, is to remove dairy for a month and see how it goes.

How do you do this? Replace milk with a milk alternative like almond milk. I don’t recommend soy milk because there is a hormone component there too that may cause breakouts.

In the interest of full disclosure (and so I don’t feel like a hypocrite) I will admit, I didn’t remove dairy creamer from my daily cup of joy. I tried almond milk and it just didn’t do it for me.

After some research, I decided to try goat milk. Goat milk contains less hormones than cow milk. It is much tangier which I actually enjoy. If I notice that my acne gets worse I will stop using it.

Have you tried removing dairy from your diet? Did it help? I’d love to hear your experience! Please leave your comments and thoughts below. As always you can email me at acneveteran@gmail.com and I’ll be sure to respond and help you out anyway I can!

Thanks for reading!