The Clear Skin Diet: How to Combine It With Your Skincare Routine

You already know that what you put on your skin matters. If you want flawless, blemish-free skin, then there’s a beauty regimen out there that can help you to achieve it. What you put into your body matters just as much as what you put on your skin.

At The Skin Spot, we can help you to achieve clear skin with our products and offer tips that can help to heal your complexion from the inside out. Here’s what you need to know about acne, how your skin is influenced by your diet, and how you can use our products in combination with a healthy clear skin diet to help achieve the flawless skin you’ve always wanted.

Oxidative Stress and Your Skin

If there’s one thing that is the enemy of skin, it’s stress. Perhaps not stress as in you’ve got a huge presentation at work that makes you nervous, but the stress caused by underlying issues with inflammation.

Inflammation, when you have an injury, is a good thing, as it helps your body to heal. But chronic inflammation of the skin is destructive. Chronically inflamed skin will show signs of aging along with more pronounced lines, wrinkles, lack of luster, and hyperpigmentation. And if you’re prone to breakouts, chronic inflammation can make those worse too.

The process of chronic inflammation induces oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress causes cells and tissue damage through an imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals in the body. While this does naturally occur to some degree, increased inflammation leads to increased oxidative stress, which can accelerate the aging process and leave your complexion a mess in the process.


How to Improve Your Skin Through Diet

You can help to calm your skin and improve it in a few different ways, one of which is your diet. Foods that help to target inflammation is crucial in a clear skin diet.

To decrease overall inflammation, you should introduce a few of these foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Fatty fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, or mackerel
  • Flaxseed
  • Eggs
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Soy milk

It’s also important to remove or greatly reduce foods in your diet that can make inflammation and oxidative stress worse. These include foods such as:

  • Soda
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Red meat
  • Refined, processed carbohydrates
  • Caffeine
  • Processed meats
  • Fried foods

Dairy is also a trigger of inflammation for some people, so be careful how much you get in your diet. Too much can be harmful if you’re sensitive to it. Nuts are also a trigger since an overload of omega-6 fatty acids found in nuts can cause redness and acne. Common culprits that can trigger this reaction include walnuts, almonds, and pinenuts. 

GRASS for Healthy, Clear Skin

Aside from your diet, your skincare routine can also have a huge impact on the health of your skin. If you want clear skin, then you need to embrace GRASS, which is:

G- Growth Factor

R- Retinol

A- Antioxidant

S- Sunscreen

S- Specialty products

Using Growth Factors

Growth factors are important to your skincare routine because they help to repair and support damaged skin. Not to be confused with growth hormones, growth factors simply help your skin to maintain its protective functions as it heals. Natural growth factors in your own skin tend to decrease as you get older, so making them a part of your skincare routine is vital to youthful, clear skin.

Some of our favorite growth factor products include:

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

This serum utilizes two active formulas that work to regenerate skin cells and smooth wrinkles to give skin a more youthful glow. The protein and amino acids contained in this essential serum help to tackle inflammation to visibly reduce the signs of aging.

SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex

Revitalize your skin as you tackle fine lines and wrinkles. TNS Recovery Complex harnesses the power of growth factors to firm, tone, and smooth the skin, targeting blood vessels as it reduces inflammation and encourages healthy cell growth.

Biopelle Tensage Intensive Serum 40 Ampoules

This intensive serum uses growth factors derived from the secretions of snails that stimulate cell growth to help your skin maintain moisture levels, regenerate skin, and boost the production of collagen and elastin. This serum comes in individual ampules that deliver the precise dose you need each day to see results.

Using Retinol

Retinol has been used for decades to help in the fight against inflammation, acne, and aging. It’s been proven to help clear the complexion by pulling dead skin cells to the surface and reducing the size of pores. It’s anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce redness and make skin healthier.

Some of our favorite retinol products include:

Revision Skincare Retinol Complete 0.5

Smooth, firm, and plump skin with this serum that targets fine lines and wrinkles. It helps to keep skin hydrated as the retinol penetrates deep to reduce redness and reduce irritation.

Alastin Skincare Renewal Retinol .5

This active retinol formula is a specialized anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory formula that is gentle enough to be used each day but effective enough to fight back against inflammation and the signs of aging.

NazarianSkin Retinol +

This product uses natural products such as green tea and hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate as the retinol works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s gentle on the skin and won’t irritate to already delicate and inflamed skin.


Using Antioxidants

When the skin is inflamed, it impedes its rejuvenation process. Antioxidants help to reduce inflammation and allow the skin to repair and correct. A few of our products that deliver a dose of healthy antioxidants include:

NazarianSkin Triple AntiOx

The polyphenols found in green tea are used in this product to reduce irritation and redness, calming the skin. It also uses the antioxidant Resveratrol to protect the skin against free radicals and pollutants while caffeine helps to magnify the potency. If you struggle with breakouts, Triple AntiOx helps to kill acne-causing bacteria as it works to brighten and heal the skin.


SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF 

Get powerful antioxidant protection for oily, normal, and combination skin with Phloretin CF. This serum helps to neutralize free radicals to help prevent the signs of aging while also improving cell turnover to help battle against discoloration. 


Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex

Is your skin missing that vibrant glow it used to have? Get your glow back while repairing your skin with the help of C+ Correcting Complex. It helps to protect your skin from the damage caused by free radicals as it illuminates, rejuvenates, and refines your complexion.

Obagi Professional C Microdermabrasion Polish

Everyone needs a good facial mask in their skincare regimen and this one checks many boxes. It addresses issues with fine lines, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation as it gently buffs away dead skin on the surface of the skin. This powerful antioxidant of Vitamin C leaves skin softer and brighter.

Using Sunscreen

No matter how old you are or how bright the sun shines, daily sunscreen is a must to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Sunscreens specially formulated for the face can help to address many skin issues. Some of our favorite sunscreens include:

Alastin Skincare Hydratint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

This lightweight sunscreen provides protection of UVA and UVB rays of the sun that can damage the skin. Its antioxidant-rich formula helps to further shield skin from damages in the environment such as free radicals – all with a hint of tint that is compatible with every skin type.

Revision Skincare Intellishade Original 

This sunscreen can help you to achieve a glowing and healthy complexion while protecting your skin each day. This tinted sunscreen is made for everyday wear and uses Vitamin C to provide antioxidant benefits while brightening, protecting, correcting, and hydrating your skin.

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46

This broad-spectrum sunscreen shields skin from the damaging effects of the sun as its lactic acid helps to refine the skin and sodium hyaluronate moisturizes clears pores. It’ll address issues of free radical damage, dryness, and acne.

Epionce Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50

A tinted sunscreen that goes on sheer and hydrates, Epionce Daily Shield Lotion also helps to give skin a healthy glow. It's specially formulated with antioxidants and botanicals to help reduce the signs of aging and gentle enough for everyday use.

Clear Skin Diet

Using Specialty Products

Specialty products are used to target specific issues you may be experiencing with your skin. Some of the best specialty products we recommend include:

NazarianSkin Glycolic Pads

A great product for those who are constantly on the move, these Glycolic Pads can travel with you to gently exfoliate, clean, and hydrate your skin.

NazarianSkin Pigment Correct

If you struggle with hyperpigmentation, then this product is for you. This specially formulated cream uses Arbutin to address fine lines and wrinkles as it tackles skin discoloration.

Sun Protection Gloves

It’s not just your face that can suffer damage from the rays of the sun, but your hands too. Protect them from UV rays with our stylish gloves while driving, on vacation, or even when getting your gel manicure set. The more you can protect and shield the skin on your hands, the healthier it will be.

Environ Cosmetic Gold Roller

Enhance your skin’s texture and feel with the help of this 14 karat gold plated microneedling roller. Designed for use on the face, it is gentle enough to use on the sensitive skin around the eyes and nose to help reduce uneven skin tone, scars, and lines while helping the skin to tighten. 


The bacteria that can contribute to acne can be eliminated with LightStim. This UV-free light therapy wand helps to destroy bacteria and reduce inflammation without harming the skin in the process.

Bluestone Sun Shield

If you’re looking for solutions to protect your skin from the sun, then a sun shield is a great option. They also make a great tool to use when recovering from cosmetic procedures that can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Protect and Heal Your Skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. That’s why it’s vital to protect and treat it if you’re experiencing signs of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. A combination of a clear skin diet and the right beauty products used in a skincare routine can help you achieve just that – and The Skin Spot is always here to help.

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