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This ‘Grecian Goddess’ Snack Reportedly Helps Fight Acne

Acne can be annoying. This skin condition affects the face, chest, back and even shoulders. 

Acne can cause whiteheads, blackheads or pimples in people of all ages. It is normally persistent, with pimples and bumps healing slowly and in some cases leaving scars on the skin.

There are many ways to treat acne. But for registered dietitian Meg Hagar, people just need to add simple snacks to their diet to avoid the skin condition. 

She created the “Grecian goddess” snack that promises to help eliminate acne. It mainly encourages people to eat more figs, olives and plum to achieve and maintain clearer skin. 

Hagar said the Grecian goddess snack helps treat acne because it is low glycemic, high in fiber and packed with protective and anti-inflammatory antioxidants. The snack could help maintain blood sugar, which at high levels could increase oil production and trigger acne development. 

Having good amounts of fiber also prevents acne by supporting the body's natural detox processes. Hagar said fiber plays an important role in proper bowel movements.

The last anti-acne factor in the Grecian goddess snack is the presence of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and polyphenols. They both help reduce inflammation in the body, including the skin.

Foods in Grecian Goddess Snack 

Figs

Figs contain antioxidants that both reduce inflammation and support detox. Registered dietitian Kayla Newcombe said people can eat either fresh or dried figs since they both offer essential minerals for skin health, such as potassium.

"Getting enough fiber in your diet can help to take any excess hormones or toxins out of your body, which may otherwise lead to skin breakouts," Newcombe told MSN Lifestyle.

Olives

Olives can help reduce and prevent acne from coming back because of its anti-inflammatory property. 

“Olives have a unique blend of powerful components called polyphenols,” Hagar said. “The specific polyphenols in olives have actually been shown to lower systemic inflammation in the body.”

Newcombe also noted olives provide vitamins A and E, which could help maintain soft skin and prevent pimples. 

Plums

Hagar and other experts agreed that plums are good for skin health. The fruit is known as a great source of antioxidants and polyphenols.

Plums get its deep purple color from anthocyanins, which also provide its strong antioxidant properties. Anthocyanins help protect the skin from damage, control inflammation and reduce skin redness, according to Newcombe. 

Plums also get its anti-acne effect from high levels of vitamin C. Hagar said the vitamin support structure of the skin and the healing of acne scarring.

Figs Figs contain antioxidants that both reduce inflammation and support detox. Pixabay

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