4 Recipes to Help Fight Acne

4 Recipes to Help Fight Acne

In advising us on our quest for health, Dr. Murad often advocates looking to the pantry before looking to the medicine cabinet. His observation that, “before there was medicine, there was food,” inspired us to share some recipes made with foods that can help to support your body in its fight against breakouts. If you’re struggling with an acne breakout, or trying to stay one step ahead of your next breakout, try these “inside-out” recipes for clear, healthy, hydrated skin.

Goji Berry Smoothie
A complexion composed of healthy cells can heal faster and is more resistant to infection. Goji berries are a great source of cellular building blocks, and for antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can help reduce cell damage.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)
    Add-ons:
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder or nibs (chocolate goes great with goji berries)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or chia seed gel

Directions:

  1. Place the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for 30-45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

Recipe from HealthySmoothieHQ.com

Strawberry Pistachio Summer Salad
The pistachios and pumpkin seeds in this recipe are high in zinc, which helps alleviate inflammation and scarring caused by an acne infection.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, diced
  • ½ large avocado, diced
  • ½ large cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup cooked black quinoa
  • ¼ cup raw shelled pistachios
  • ¼ raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • dressing of choice or lemon juice & olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a large serving bowl, gently toss all salad ingredients until well combined.
  2. Dress with your favorite dressing or the juice of one lemon + 2 tablespoons olive oil.Serves 2.

Recipe from InMyBowl.com

Kale Chips Baked with Parmesan Cheese
Dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach help normalize the turnover of dead skin cells to help avoid blocked pores, a key factor in acne breakouts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut kale leaves into large pieces off of their thick stems. Wash leaves and dry thoroughly.
  3. In a large bowl, toss kale leaves, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and salt.
  4. Spread kale leaves out on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until leaves are crisp when shaken in pan.

Recipe from SheKnows.com

Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Don’t be afraid of oil! All skin types need healthy oils (like the salmon, eggs and avocado in this recipe) to keep complexions well-nourished and prevent skin from drying out and breaking out.

Ingredients:

For the salmon: 

  • 4 (6 oz.) salmon fillets, deboned
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the dressing: 
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1½ tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad: 

  • Mixed salad greens and/or lettuce (about 16 oz.)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1-2 ripe avocados
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Sliced or quartered grape or cherry tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the salmon fillets on the baking sheet skin side down. Brush top lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  2. For the salad dressing, combine oil, vinegar, yogurt, honey, and mustard in a small bowl. Whisk rapidly until well combined and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Slice the hard boiled eggs and the avocados. Plate portions of salad greens on salad plates and top with egg, avocado, tomatoes and red onion. Remove the salmon fillets from the skin and place on top of salads. Flake or slice gently. Drizzle lightly with the mustard vinaigrette. Serves 4.

Recipe from Annies-eats.com

Summer Beauty Tips from Murad!

Summer Beauty Tips

Summer, like winter, requires its own special beauty and skincare tricks. Because warmer weather brings different skin concerns and inspires our desires for different looks, we’ve rounded up 8 beauty tips for radiant, healthy skin this summer.

Exfoliate. Since we’re showing off so much more skin in the summer months, we want it to be soft and smooth. Keep in mind that exfoliation reveals new skin that is more prone to sunburn. Reserve your exfoliation for the evening or for days when you aren’t heading straight from the shower to the beach.

Fight body acne. Many people are prone to acne in the summertime. If you’ve got some on your face, arms and/or back, consider an acne-fighting body wash to help clear it up.

Use sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors. If you’re outside all day, reapply at least every two hours; and every 80 minutes if you’re sweating or swimming. Remember, the number-one cause of premature aging is sun damage.

Stay moisturized. Moisturizing in the summer is just as important as moisturizing in the winter. Apply a light moisturizer to protect your skin from summertime drying agents like sunburns, salt and chlorine.

Fake it. There are so many sunless tanning products available now that will give you that perfect sun-kissed look—without ever being exposed to harmful UV rays. Self-tanning options include: lotions, sprays, gels, foams and bronzer powders. You can also visit a spray tan salon.

Hat head. Wearing a hat is a fun and functional way to protect your head and face from the sun’s harmful rays, and they can really ramp up your summer style. Think of your hat as an umbrella for your head! Make sure you choose something with a brim that’s large enough to keep the sun off of your face and neck.

Bold lip. The au natural lip is very popular in the summer. But we suggest mixing things up this season with a bold lip. A vivid shade, like tangerine, might sound like extra work, but a bright dash of color lets you tone down the rest of your makeup.

Hydrate. Drinking water is so important during the summer. Not only will it help clear out acne, but it will also keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. And remember, as Dr. Murad says, “eat your water” in the form of water-rich fruits and vegetables.