How do I help prevent pimples?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
To zap zits, try this pop-pick-soothe combination of good food, smart skin care, and heart-pounding exercise:

Pop some lean poultry and fish (salmon's loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3s), veggies, avocados, nuts (especially walnuts) and 100% whole grains onto your plate. Nix all added sugars and saturated fats (notorious foods that cause acne) and get 900 milligrams of omega-3 daily -- especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) -- from food and supplements. Also, don't avoid heart-friendly dark chocolate. It's not a zit maker as long as the sugar is low and the amount is small.

Pick up on your personal triggers that cause pimples. See if stress; your menstrual cycle or menopause; inflammatory foods, such as trans fats and added sugars; makeup; or stuff you put on your face for shaving or waxing are the culprits. Ditch any culprits pronto!

Soothe persistent breakouts with over-the-counter acne treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, or resorcinol. If that doesn't help, there are always prescription antibiotics and other pimple stompers.

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