The 7-Day Meal Plan to Banish Acne

Lindsey Metrus

It’s true—eating healthy and hydrating often are beneficial both to your body on the inside and for looking good on the outside. It’s no wonder greasy pizza and sugar-heavy snacks wreak havoc on skin and cause breakouts—where’s the health component in those types of foods? Additionally, eating foods heavy in toxins is a key offender in harming your skin. “You are what you eat” couldn’t be a truer sentiment.

Don’t get us wrong; we love snacking on junky foods during a Netflix binge just as much as the next person, but we understand that we’re not doing ourselves any favors while doing so, especially when we wake up to a big breakout the next morning. As a result, we turned to Maria Bella, founder of Top Balance Nutrition in New York City, to find out what to eat to stop acne and get glowing skin.

Bella let us in on a few insider dietary tips for clear skin, the first (and most obvious) being hydration: She suggests having two to three liters of water every day and incorporating some detoxing green tea (the Ezisoul Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $20, is great for toting around both hot and cold beverages). Next, Bella urges you to incorporate lean protein and fiber with every meal and snack, as well as reduce sugar and dairy intake—two food groups that are proven acne aggravators. Lastly, Bella suggests eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, E, and D to help clear your skin.

Keep scrolling for Bella’s seven-day meal plan for kicking acne to the curb.

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