The never-ending war waged against terrible, blotchy, painful acne is a frustrating one. It can hurt your self-confidence, and it can spiral into a miserable cycle: Your skin's covered in pimples, so you slap makeup on, which only makes your skin break out more, and so on and so forth. If you're sick of throwing product after product on your face to no avail, it might be time to turn your attention to the foods you're nourishing your body with. For example, though it'd be a big switch if you're a meat-eater, a vegan diet may help your acne. At the very least, making a conscious decision to eat more whole foods and less processed ones is a great place to start.
Here's the argument for ditching dairy and meats in favor of what may potentially be an acne-fighting vegan diet: Your body's oil production — aka the stuff within your skin glands — is determined by your hormone regulation, and since dairy and meat tend to be packed with a bunch of foreign hormones, it can send your own hormones totally out of whack. For this reason, cutting dairy and meat products out of your life might allow your body to regulate its hormonal output without any external interruptions, and your acne could disappear as a result.
Of course, every body is different, and there's no one-size-fits-all guarantee. But the more you pay attention to what you're eating, the more likely you are to zone in on what's affecting your body. If you're curious and want to give it a try, here are six vegan-friendly snacks that may just help you manage your acne.