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Must-Juice Fruits and Veggies When You’re Juicing for Acne

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You already know that fresh juice provides us with a potent range of vitamins and nutrients we need to combat a wide range of health concerns, and acne is no exception. In fact, there are certain nutrients that are particularly effective when juicing for acne.

These nutrients help to combat acne in several ways. They balance the levels of hormones within the body, which helps to reduce breakouts. In addition, they boost the immune function to reduce infection. These nutrients also provide important support for the liver detoxification pathways, helping to detox your system and clear the skin.

Other ways in which these nutrients fight acne are through supporting healthy mucus membranes in the skin and digestive system, promoting wound healing, acting as anti-inflammatory agents, and even reducing excess oil secretion.

We’ve outlined the fruits and veggies that, when juiced, provide all the acne-fighting nutrients you need in order to get back your naturally clean and clear complexion.

BITTER GREENS

Bitter Greens are a great source of beta-carotene, which is in turn converted into Vitamin A in our bodies, as well as Vitamin E.

In addition to fighting free radicals, these nutrients have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and help to control sebum secretion.

Bitter greens are also potent detoxifiers and known to clean toxins from the liver, reducing your liver's workload so it can better metabolism fats and expel unwanted waste from your system. See a whole list of greens here!

WHEATGRASS

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Wheatgrass is one of the best greens to juice for anything and everything - and acne is no exception.

This supergreen is rich in zinc, selenium and copper - some essential minerals for fighting acne - as well as chlorophyll, beta-carotene and a veritable alphabet soup of vitamins: A, B-complex, C, E, and K.

Seriously, this is one superfood you must have when you're juicing for acne, since this incredible plant is incredibly rich in the minerals and amino acids that our bodies require. Just one ounce of wheatgrass has 103 vitamins, minerals and amino acids and that same one ounce of wheatgrass has as much nutritional value as about 2.5lbs of fresh green veggies!  

So if your acne is due to a nutritional deficiency (or even a hormonal imbalance caused by certain deficiencies), wheatgrass juice is a simple way to make sure you're getting what your body needs in a highly bioavailable form.

Oh, and did we mention wheatgrass is also awesome for detox? Get some. 

FENNEL

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This licorice-y herb doesn't seem like much but it has components that boost your digestive function and act as a slight diuretic in your body, stimulating your system flush out excess fluids and toxins, thus helping your skin detoxify itself.

PINEAPPLE

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Pineapple juice is an effective acne treatment thanks to its high levels of both Vitamin C and bromelain. Vitamin C and the amino acids found in pineapple juice help in the process of cell and tissue repair. The enzyme bromelain is great for digestion and as you already know - a healthy, properly functioning gut is one of the most important components in getting rid of acne from the inside out.

GARLIC

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Garlic is just a good idea. It's full of this naturally occurring chemical called allicin, which has powerful antiseptic, antiviral and anti-fungal properties and helps to kill off many harmful bacteria your body might be fighting (hint, hint: acne).

Plus, garlic - especially raw garlic - is extremely dense in acne-fighting nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium, copper, as well as sebum-controlling zinc. Find out more about garlic's health benefits!


The above are some of the most potent foods to juice for acne, but they are by no means a complete list. When you're selecting acne-banishing ingredients for your fresh juices, be sure to pick...

ANTIOXIDANT-RICH FOODS

Foods rich in antioxidants are useful for both preventing and treating acne, which is good news since most fruits and veggies are pretty damn high in antioxidants. 

Antioxidants reduce free radical damage to your skin and your immune system, decrease inflammation and breakouts, and protect your skin by limiting the external toxins that can penetrate your skin.

They also help promote cell turnover and specific antioxidants like vitamin C are crucial to collagen formation, making these a must-juice to combat acne scars before they happen. When it comes to fruit, blueberries have some of the strongest antioxidant properties. Other foods that are high in antioxidants are: grapes, berries, apples, cherries, plums, and dark green veggies.

FOODS HIGH IN VITAMIN A

Vitamin-A containing foods regulate sebum production and have a positive effect on the inflammatory aspects of acne (they also help boost rosy tones in your skin). Your skin will be nourished and strengthened, making it less prone to breakouts.

What you need to look out for are foods that are naturally rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in our bodies. Sweet potatoes and carrots are some of the richest sources of beta-carotene. Other foods in this category include dark leafy greens, squash, cantaloupe melons, red peppers, and even yummy mangoes.

VITAMIN C FOODS

Vitamin C fights acne by rejuvenating your skin and helping it to form a barrier against blemish-causing toxins. It helps protect your body from free radicals, including the bacteria and environmental toxins that are the root cause of acne.

It also reduces the inflammation and redness associated with acne and as mentioned above, this vitamin plays an integral role in collagen formation, helping to prevent acne scars before they happen (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, yea?)

Foods that are rich in Vitamin C include: yellow bell peppers, guavas, dark leafy veggies, kiwi fruit, broccoli, strawberries and citrus fruit.

FOODS HIGH IN MAGNESIUM

Magnesium can help to combat acne in several ways. This essential mineral is crucial for hormonal balance and helps to relieve stress, both of which are significant causes of acne. In addition, magnesium has been proven to reduce inflammation and prevent further acne developing.

To add a dose of magnesium to your juices, add fruits and veggies such as artichokes, figs, bananas, and dark leafy green vegetables.


In addition to these nutrient-rich foods, any diet that aims to combat acne should also include healthy fats and probiotics. Essential fatty acids, such as those found in nuts, seeds and avocados, as well as healthy oils are crucial when it comes to having healthy skin. They promote the strength and function of your cell membranes, helping to reduce acne. This is one of the biggest reasons why we recommend juicing and blending - you get the best of both nutritional worlds.

Adding probiotics to your diet will also boost your digestive health, which is a crucial component in fighting acne. In other words, a good bacterial balance leaves you with good skin.

Yogurt with live cultures is probably the most well known food that includes these healthy bacteria. Make sure to include these items to your diet plan or add a great probiotic supplement, in addition to the nutrient-rich foods listed above, to pave the way to a beautiful, clear complexion and prevent acne from returning.

An easy way to make the most potently acne-fighting concoctions is to juice a great mix of beneficial fruits and veggies that can be juiced - like a juice recipe of sweet potato, bitter greens like dandelion greens, and garlic and then blend it real quick with some avocado, antioxidant-rich fruit (berries!) and coconut oil.

The result is a powerful combination of acne-fighting ingredients sourced from Mother Nature's best foods. Best part? Rather than side effects, these fruits and veggies come with additional health perks.

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