Problem skin plagues many teens and often this condition continues into adulthood. One thing you can do to greatly reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. You may have seen articles in teen or fashion magazines or online that recommend all manner of extreme diets and treatments, but really this sort of thing is unnecessary. The fact of the matter is, the best way to have healthy, attractive skin is to be healthy all over. That begins and ends with healthy life habits.

Avoid junk food!

To have a healthy body and beautiful, clear skin you should stay away from junk food and processed food. Foods and food-like substances that contain chemicals, artificial ingredients, simple starches and sugar and other non-nutritive ingredients are bound to make your skin break out. Remember that food is fuel and building blocks for your body. If you put a bunch of junk into your body that doesn’t nourish you or provide you with positive energy, it has to go somewhere. Often, it shows up as fat under your skin and pimples on your skin.

Your body and your skin need clean, whole foods to function properly, detoxify and look great. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, half your diet should be made of of fruits and veggies.

Skip the white bread, cake, donuts and so on. Choose whole grain bread, baked goods and cereals. This should make up about a quarter of your diet.

Avoid processed meats and fast food. Your protein choices should consist of lean meats, legumes, beans, tofu, milk, cheese and other clean, pure protein choices. This should also make up about a quarter of your diet.

Although many people think that acne breakouts are caused by oily food, it is important to remember that it is unhealthy oils that cause this problem. Non-food oils such as rapeseed and cottonseed oil do not perform any useful function in your body and should not be consumed. Instead, choose healthy oils such as olive oil, peanut oil, flaxseed oil and sunflower seed oil. These oils nourish your body and keep your skin soft and beautiful.

Drink lots of water!

Remember that your body and your skin are made up of over 60% water. Your body needs pure, fresh water to wash away toxins and function properly. Use a water filtration pitcher to filter your tap water so that you will always have lots of pure, fresh water on hand. Carry a reusable bottle of water with you and choose it as your drink most or all of the time.

And finally, don’t neglect the power of exfoliation. This is frequently overlooked or ignored completely, and it can make a big difference to your overall skin health.