6 Foods Girls With Clear Skin Always Eat

Are you prone to hormonal breakouts right before your period? It turns out that your fate isn't just in Mother Nature's hands—what you choose to eat can also help (or hurt) your symptoms. We tapped two nutritionists to give us the lowdown on how our diet affects our skin when it comes to hormone balance.

"How you eat can heal and restore hormone balance or it can completely throw you out of balance and keep you there," says Elissa Goodman, a certified holistic nutritionist. Farah Fahad, a dietician and the founder of The Farah Effect, agrees as she says, "there are specific foods that have a strong effect on hormones in the body more so than your daily green juice."

Goodman explains that hormonal breakouts are the result of our estrogen and progesterone levels dropping and our testosterone staying the same so our glands produce more sebum—leading to oily skin, which is a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria.This happens as we approach menstruation or when we eat certain aggravating foods. "Unfortunately, even women with healthy eating habits cannot fully change the relationship between hormones and outbreaks, but they can minimize them through a healthy diet and by maintaining a healthy weight," Goodman says. So if you're looking to do your part in clearing your skin, consistently incorporate the following nutritious foods into your diet rather than switching it up during different parts of your cycle.

Keep scrolling to find out which foods balance your hormones and help you avoid hormonal breakouts.