The Best Beauty Foods For Every Skin Type ~ Top Dermatologists Tell Us Everything!

Morning gorgeous! I’ve talked to you before about my skin and how I’ve struggled with acne my whole life. I’ve tried tons of different treatments, creams, oils, you name it! And I’ve gotten so much great skincare advice from this community, too. Thank you so much for all your tips and recommendations on THIS post! So so helpful!!

I’ve recently gotten my acne under control and my skin in a great place with some changes to my routine like retinol a few times a week and being extra diligent with my SPF 50 every day. I’ve also noticed that what I eat makes a huge difference for my skin. When I’m fueling my body with Lean, Clean, ’N Green foods, my skin is clearer, healthier, and glows!

So we chatted with two top dermatologists to get more info about how our meals affect our complexion. They had some genius advice about what foods to eat for every skin type, whether you’re prone to breakouts like me or have dry skin like Karena. And of course, everything is Tone It Up Nutrition Plan approved ;)

So read on and get glowing girl!!

If you have dry skin load up on…

Olive Oil

“Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols, an antioxidant that helps your skin cells retain moisture and slows down the formation of harmful free radicals,” says Dr. Shereene Idriss, a dermatologist with Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York. You know we love cooking with olive oil and drizzling it on our kale for a marinade.

Our Minty Lemon Drizzle Dip is also perfect for dipping veggies!


“Studies have shown that hempseed oil may improve hydration,” explains Dr. Jessica Wu., a Los Angeles dermatologist and the author of Feed Your Face.  “Try it on salads, in smoothies, or mixed into hummus. You can also try hemp milk!” Plus we love that hemp is packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Try adding 1 Tbsp. into your post-workout smoothie!

If you have oily skin load up on…


One of our faves! And it has surprising skin perks, especially for babes with oilier skin. “Salmon is high in specific types of omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, which have been shown to decrease the IGF-1 hormone that causes oil production,” says Dr. Wu.

Whip up our Simple Salmon Bake for a quick, easy dinner!

Leafy Greens

Another TIU girl staple! Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich in vitamin E and help oily skin by decreasing inflammation in your bod, says Idriss: “Less inflammation lowers production of skin oils and leads to fewer breakouts.” Kale all day errr day!!

Get some more schoolin’ on kale HERE and try the #ILoveKale Salad!

If you’re prone to breakouts load up on…


“Lentils are high in zinc, which is a natural anti-inflammatory,” says Wu. “Many people with acne tend to have low zinc levels.”

This Avocado Lentil Salad is a go-to lunch at the HQ!


“Women who struggle with acne also tend to have lower levels of vitamin C and beta carotene,” explains Wu.  So make sure to load up on fruits and veggies packed with these nutrients like berries, carrots, and one of our faves, grapefruit. Bonus: Grapefruit also delivers fat-burning perks!

Slice up some grapefruit for your M2!

BONUS TIP: For some women with acne-prone skin, dairy can be very inflammatory. That’s one of the reasons we love almond milk and coconut yogurt. Get more easy dairy swaps in our post HERE!

If you have sensitive skin load up on…


Walnuts contain biotin, an essential nutrient for retaining moisture in your skin, says Idriss. They’re also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for helping with sensitive skin issues like eczema.

Snack on a handful of walnuts for your M4 or make our Maple Walnut Brussel Sprouts! They’re SO good!

Gorgeous skin comes from within! The Tone It Up Nutrition Plan has even more foods to keep your complexion clear, smooth, and glowing! Join and you’ll gain access to thousands of recipes and every edition of the Plan!



  1. Thanks for this! My cystic acne has been so much better since I started eating LC&G and working out regularly.

  2. These are some great tips! I heard that water infused with lemon, cucumber and mint are helpful for clearer skin, has anyone heard this too?

  3. Love this thanks so much. My skin has gotten better since the bikini series 😊

  4. I definitely have clearer skin when I eat less sugar…and I’ve actually stopped washing my face in the past few years with anything but water on a clean washcloth. If I ever wear makeup, it’s only a little eyeshadow and some mascara, so I remove that with coconut oil and then gently exfoliate with a wet washcloth. I moisturize in general with coconut oil all over and use sunscreen that has as few ingredients as possible, while providing lots of protection. :)

  5. Struggled – really struggled – with bad skin and cystic acne since puberty (37 now.) A few years ago, I starting eating a fair amount of greek yogurt, string cheese, and omelettes (more so than before.) My skin starting going nuts! Tried EVERYTHING- antibiotics, creams, holistic, and dozens of other products claiming to heal me. Sooo, I did some googling and discovered much research on the potential for dairy and eggs to be a culprit of acne. Although sad to give up my fave health foods, I eliminated dairy first. Sure enough, my stubborn, cystic acne steadily diminished. My skin was still rutty, with small break outs so I ditched eggs. Yep, that did the trick. Over three years later and still have 90% breakout free skin (the rest is hormonal but minimal.) 6 months ago, I tried eggs again a few times for curiousity sake and sure enough I broke out. I’m no longer worried about going to an event or night out with acne. If you’ve tried everything else, perhaps my experience will save you too!!

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