Avocado for Acne
Last updated on September 17, 2011
Avocado is quite high in linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid. One study found that acne sufferers have low levels of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, in the fat beneath their skin. Linoleic acid works against acne in part because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to keep the skin moisturized.
Avocados are a great source of vitamin E. Studies have found that vitamin E is beneficial for skin health. It’s a potent antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage caused by poor diet and environmental toxins.
Vitamin E also boosts the immune system and a healthy immune system is also important in the fight against acne. In addition, vitamin E aids in digestion which may in turn keep the complexion clear of blemishes because your body will be processing nutrients more efficiently.
Fiber and Cleansing
Avocados are a great source of fiber and therefore a good cleansing food that may help rid the body of toxins that may lead to acne.
Apply Avocado to the Skin
You may consider using avocado directly on the skin to help the acne heal and prevent more breakouts. See our Avocado Face Mask Recipe for a healing, anti-bacterial, anti-aging recipe to try.