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Are anti-inflammatory foods really the key to great-looking skin?



What do salmon, flaxseed and cinnamon have in common? These are all foods renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties. And according to the TikTok wellness community, they’re go-to foods for clear, glowing skin. However, dieticians have their doubts about the real effectiveness of these foods in combating skin issues.

These days, it’s not uncommon to come across TikTok videos extolling the virtues of anti-inflammatory foods. And one of the promised benefits is healthy, great-looking skin. To date, the #antiinflammatoryfood hashtag has amassed more than 50 million views on the Chinese social network.

An anti-inflammatory diet is made up of foods containing healthy fats (olive oil, walnuts, avocado), foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna, mackerel, flaxseed oil, chia and hemp seeds), fruit and vegetables, foods rich in fiber and antioxidants – particularly berries and cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, etc.), oilseeds, legumes, whole grains and certain spices, such as turmeric.

This diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It can also protect against chronic inflammation associated with conditions such as diabetes, asthma and osteoarthritis.

For the TikTok wellness community, the foods that fight inflammation are also a source of benefits for clear skin. In a video, for example, a TikToker by the name of nastblog recommends three foods to cure acne: flaxseed oil, rich in omega 3; green tea, rich in polyphenols; and cinnamon, an anti-inflammatory spice. But is an anti-inflammatory diet alone really effective for achieving clear skin?

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