Have a habit of picking on acne? And always end up regretting as you stare into the mirror to spot a scar that doesn’t seem to be leaving? Apart from purchasing lightening creams and piling on skin care products, your diet can make a difference too!
Scars are formed when the dermis layer of the skin is damaged. With an open wound, the skin quickly goes into healing mode to close the wound. As a result of this rushed healing process, the new tissues formed are laid out in a different structure from surrounding tissues and this difference in texture is visible on the skin surface. To reduce the appearance of scars, the scars tissues need to mend its structure to match that of the surrounding tissues’.
So how can your diet help? Just incorporate the following into your meals!
1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
The anti inflammatory property of Omega 3 helps with tissue regeneration of the scars.
Food containing Omega 3: Salmon, Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, Kale, Spinach
This helps protect collagen from damages caused by free radicals, encouraging healing of scars!
Food with Antioxidant properties: Blueberries, Strawberries, Goji Berries, Pecan Nuts, Dark Chocolate, Beetroot
3. Retinols (Vitamin A)
It promotes cell regeneration which can help soften scars.
Food containing Vitamin A: Eggs, Fish Liver Oils, Tuna, Spinach, Carrot, Sweet Potatoes, Milk
4. Vitamin B
In addition to aiding in cell development, Vitamin B can speed up the healing process too!
Food containing Vitamin B: Asparagus, Avocado, Legumes, Peas, Red Meat, Poultry, Fish, Mussels, Oysters, Whole Grains, Quinoa
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential in the manufacturing of collagen, which helps to repair wounds.
Food containing Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, Strawberries, Kiwi, Papaya, Guava, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Capsicum, Dark green leafy vegetables
6. Vitamin E
Its antioxidant properties helps protect cells from becoming damaged, and this is essential for healing!
Food containing Vitamin E: Avocado, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Peanuts, Broccoli, Tomatoes
Zinc helps in tissue repair and growth, which is good for mending of the scars tissue structure.
Food containing Zinc: Chicken, Fish, Shellfish, Beef, Pork, Eggs, Walnuts, Beans, Sesame Seeds
Of course, diet itself won’t work magic! Try to develop a daily habit of applying sunblock to prevent scars from darkening as well!