It’s often surprising to learn how certain foods can affect acne, not in their eating, but as a topical skin agent. In other articles, I’ve discussed green tea and olive oil. Today we’ll go to the other end of the spectrum, and talk about tomatoes.
Tomatoes, which are technically a fruit, are incredibly healthy for you, not just in vitamins for healthy living, but also in nutrients for your skin, such as potassium, magnanese, and calcium. Tomatoes are especially helpful in treating oily skin, which in turn, helps to prevent blackheads and other acne outbreaks. You don’t have to eat the tomatoes to gain the benefit — though you can do that too — you can actually apply them directly to your skin.
You see, the tomato is a natural astringent, which cools the skin and tightens your pores. It has a high content in vitamins A and C, which works to brighten dull skin tone, normalize oily skin, and encourage skin regeneration. Here are a couple of types of methods you can use to have a simple tomato prevent acne:
Tomato Acne recipe one: The tomato facial. This is exactly as it sounds. Cut a tomato in slices, and rub or press onto your face, allowing the tomato juice to sit on your face for 5-10 minutes. After, wash your entire face with cool water and a clean cloth.
Tomato Acne recipe two: The tomato mask. Cut the tomato in half, and using a melon scooper, or even just a spoon, scoop the flesh of the tomato out. Apply the pulp to your face, allowing it to soak in for 5-10 minutes. Wash again with water and a clean cloth. If you’d like to make a mixture, you can add honey, which will moisturize your face at the same time.
Tomato Acne recipe three: Another tomato mixture. Since we’re talking mixtures, adding avocado to the mix is also a good idea. Avocado is good for reducing oil, and softening your skin. Take a small tomato and a small avocado, mash them together, and mix well. Apply the mixture to your face, and let sit for 20 minutes. Follow this with a cleansing wash of warm water and a cool cloth.