Reboot Your Skincare Regimen!

Introducing our new launch, Reboot Overnight Hydration Complex!

Formulated with Lactobacillus & Coconut Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and Aloe, our NEW launch Reboot Overnight Hydration Complex replenishes the skin with lasting hydration and healthy probiotics and revives a more youthful-looking complexion while you sleep. Its lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the skin for an undetectable finish. ⠀

But why is it important to add these ingredient stories into your regimen? We tapped Ryan Christopher, COSMEDIX Global Education Director, to give us the low down!

Q: Why is adding a probiotic to your skincare important?

A: Probiotic ingredients like Lactobacillus have been studied and proven to increase the health of our stomach and digestive tract by increasing the levels of healthy bacteria. Taking this ingredient as a supplement has also been proven reduce congestion and acne related skin conditions. Now COSMEDIX is taking this powerful ingredient one step further as a topical application to balance healthy levels of bacteria and strengthen the protective barrier of the skin.

Q: Where does Reboot fall into my regimen?

A: Reboot is best used at night applied to clean skin after cleansing and toning. This can be used with any of your other favorite serums and can be used as a final step or with a moisturizer layered on top.

Q: Is this product safe for all skin types and tones?

A: Of course! COSMEDIX is the only professional multicultural skincare brand truly at the intersection of luxury and cosmeceutical.  With uber clean ingredients, clinical level actives, luxurious product textures and beautiful natural botanicals, COSMEDIX is a skincare solution ideal for all skin tones and skin concerns.

The brand continues to develop intelligent formulas by taking key actives like Lactobacillus and partnering it with other complimentary active ingredients to create a holistic and healthy treatment for all skin types.

Q: What other ingredients are in this new product and what are their benefits?

A: Chamomile and Aloe are infused in this serum to provide calming properties that help to reduce sensitivity and irritation along with a tripeptide to aid in filling fine lines and wrinkles.

Q: What are some of the results I should expect to see after using Reboot?

A: Daily use of this serum will provide long-lasting moisture retention and a reduction in overall congestion that can lead to breakouts.


Reboot is an exclusive launch to our spa partners. To find a spa partner near you, check out our spa finder!

Armor Up Against Breakouts

Welcome back to the next installment of Mask Madness!  This month, we’re sharing everything you need to know about masks and if you struggle with blemishes and breakouts – today’s post is for you!

Spring is right around the corner and our closets aren’t the only things needing a deep clean. For many of us, our skin is recovering from harsh winter temperatures that have left our skin irritated and in need of a fresh start. As we begin spending more time outdoors, it’s important that we armor up with products that cleanse, nourish and protect our skin. For more information on why masking is a key ingredient to visibly healthier-looking skin, check out our first post of the series.

Today we’re breaking it down for those dealing with oily and blemish-prone skin. By the end of the article, you will have a starting lineup of products that can totally transform the appearance of your skin with the use of premium plant-based ingredients coupled with gentle exfoliation.

Identifying your skin type

The first step to improving the appearance of your skin is identifying which skin type you have. Here are a few common traits of blemish-prone skin:

  • Frequent breakouts (whiteheads, blackheads, papules, beneath-the-surface nodules)
  • Excess sebum production
  • Texture (surface bumps)
  • Redness and sensitivity
  • Large pores

Masks we recommend


While COSMEDIX never takes a “one size fits all” approach to skincare, we do know that acne is typically a result of inflamed and irritated skin caused by many trigger factors such as hormones, environmental stress and the skin’s overproduction of oil that can lead to clogged pores. One of the best ways to treat acne is gentle exfoliation with a chemical exfoliant. These exfoliants encourage dead skin cell turnover by means of an acid or enzyme such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids and retinol (Vitamin A). As a basis for a skincare regimen, we recommend using a mask containing a chemical exfoliant on a weekly, or as needed, basis to reduce the appearance of acne and deep clean the skin. A few of our favorites from COSMEDIX are:

Detox Activated Charcoal Mask: This charcoal and diatomaceous earth-based mask gently exfoliates skin and draws out impurities that could lead to more breakouts. Sensitive skin? No worries. Detox is free of harsh ingredients and is the perfect mask for those with sensitive skin. Evenly apply this mask to the skin after your nighttime cleanser for 10-15 minutes and then gently rinse with warm water.

Clear Deep Cleansing Mask: For those seeking a deep clean coupled with skin brightening – this is the mask for you. Kaolin Clay and sulfur help draw out impurities while Niacinamide helps improve the appearance of the skin’s texture.

Clear is formulated free of petroleum-based oils to nourish skin without clogging pores. The active ingredients, such as Salicylic Acid and the COSMEDIX proprietary retinol delivery system known as AGP Complex, help to gently and effectively stimulate cell turnover to curb breakouts for overall improved texture.

Step-by-Step Routine


Cleanser: The first step in any routine is cleansing the skin to gently remove pore-clogging oil and impurities. Our Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil purifies the skin without stripping away vital moisture. There is a common misconception that reducing oil is the only way to help acne-prone skin and that’s not always the case. Our skin produces healthy oils that are needed to keep the skin appearing youthful and plump. This gentle cleanser is formulated to eliminate excess oil, makeup, sunscreen and environmental impurities and is suitable for both morning and night.

Tone: We recommend toning to protect the skin with antioxidants. Our Purity Balance Exfoliating Prep Toner is great for nighttime use as it gently exfoliates and removes pore-clogging oil and impurities for a shine-free, clear-looking complexion.

Moisturizer: Even acne-prone skin needs hydration and the COSMEDIX Phytoclear Clarifying Moisturizer helps balance and moisturize problematic skin while improving signs of texture, which is often a side-effect of acne. Mystic Hydrating Treatment also provides lightweight hydration to those with excessive oil production.

Serum: Finish with a clarifying serum. The COSMEDIX Clarity Skin-Clarifying Serum is packed with salicylic acid, tea tree oil and willowherb to balance oil production. Often, excess oil retention in the pores can lead to breakouts, so including this serum in your regimen can decongest and purify impurities, while the Aloe Vera soothes active breakouts.

While this simple 4-step regimen will get you started with skin health, it’s always advisable to see a skin care professional for a personal consultation and enhanced treatment.

COSMEDIX has a network of skincare professionals and aestheticians that can examine your skin in person and build a custom regimen. Use our US Spa Finder to make an appointment with a local Aesthetician.

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Healthy skin is always in! For a limited time only, COSMEDIX is offering a free full-size mask with orders $125+. Kick start your skin transformation journey by choosing from any of our 7 clarifying, exfoliating, brightening and moisturizing masks or balms (minimum value of $42)! Use the code: MASKMAD at checkout to redeem this offer!


Have No Fear – Mask Madness is here!

Mask Madness is here and we’re dishing everything you need to know about the real MVP in a skincare regime – the mask!

This month, we’re taking the guesswork out of picking the right masks and offering exclusive discounts to those wanting to up their skin care for the spring. Make sure to check back each week to see which COSMEDIX product(s) are perfect for you!


Think of our masks as enhanced formulas that supplement your skincare routine for dramatic results. Our experts carefully formulate top-notch products that can fight against stubborn skincare concerns. For best use, we recommend using them in addition to your cleansers, serums, moisturizers and sun protectants on a weekly, or as needed, basis.

Here are 4 reasons why you should begin incorporating masks:

  1. Improving the appearance of your skin helps with makeup application: We’re beginning to see the beauty industry take the ‘less is more’ approach to glam. Whether you are going the all-natural route or full coverage, incorporating masks into your skincare regime can improve the appearance of your skin, which makes a flawless palette for makeup application.
  2. Boosts the effectiveness of your other products: Just like a home, our skin needs frequent, deep cleanings to avoid getting out of control! Masks are a great tool for cleaning out the pores so that your other products can seep into the skin and work their magic.
  3. Upkeep between spa visits: Regular visits with your esthetician are a great way to assess your skincare concerns and build a collection of products that will work to help your individual needs. Our experts recommend getting facials or consultations every 4-6 weeks, so masks are a great way to treat your skin in between visits.
  4. Relaxation: Utilize masks to bring the spa experience right into the comfort of your own home. Our premium masks contain active ingredients to result in a healthier-looking completion. With a cold glass of lemon water, soft music and the perfect COSMEDIX mask, you can turn your night routine into a luxury experience each week.


At COSMEDIX, we categorize our masks into three separate areas to target specific needs: clarifying, exfoliating + brightening and moisturizing. Whether you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin, prepping for an important event, or working towards maintenance, we have a mask for you.


The Clear Deep Cleansing Mask uses the ingredient Niacinamide to improve skin’s texture, while soothing botanicals help reduce the appearance of redness. This mask is a great fit for someone looking to draw out pore-clogging impurities and control the appearance of sebum production throughout the day.

Our Detox Activated Charcoal Mask won LNE & Spa’s 2018 Most Innovative Product Award and uses activated charcoal to draw out impurities from the pores for a deeper clean. Pair it with one of our best-selling serums for double the action!

Exfoliating + Brightening

The Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask uses bamboo stem extracts to exfoliate away dead surface skin to improve skin texture and tone. Who needs make-up when you have smoother, brighter and more luminous-looking skin? If you’re looking for that added glow, this is the mask for you!

Our Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask combines cranberry enzymes and lactic acid to polish away dull surface cells and pore-clogging impurities for dramatically softer skin. If your skin is taking a hit from environmental stressors, or in need of gentle exfoliation, look no further than this mask.


Our Restore Moisture-Rich Mask delivers hydration retention for visually plump and smooth skin, making you look like you just walked out of a facial. If your skin is craving hydrating this spring, try this mask!

Get in shape for summer with our Bio-Shape Firming Face Mask. This is the mask for anyone looking to instantly firm, tighten and smooth their skin to refine the look of facial contours.

If you’re looking to restore your skin after the long winter months, try our Rescue + Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask, which is infused with argan oil and shea butter for dry and post-treatment skin.


In the coming Mask Madness posts, we’ll be tackling the various skin types from acne-prone to dull to help identify which COSMEDIX mask if right for you. Make sure to check back on the blog and follow us on social media for quick skin care tips on the go. In the meantime, is offering a FULL SIZE mask of your choice with any $125 purchase!


The Better Together Brightening Pure C Duo!

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One of our most frequently asked questions is how to correctly use Pure C with the rest of your COSMEDIX skincare. We typically recommend a 3:1 ratio, with a “dash” of Pure C for every 2-3 pumps of your favorite serum. To take an even deeper dive, we tapped Sonia Barrow-Conerly, COSMEDIX East Coast Regional Educator, to share some of her favorite Pure C cocktails!

Brighten up your day by putting a “dash” of Pure C in your life.  Pure C is 100% L-Ascorbic acid in a powder form, and can be added to any COSMEDIX serum or moisturizer of your choice – it is just what you need to supercharge any of your serums or moisturizers.  Pure C is an antioxidant, so it helps in the pro-aging fight because of its ability to target fine lines and wrinkles!

I love the added benefit of pairing it with Simply Brilliant because it gives the skin a special at-home treatment with the added benefits from Pure C that plumps and firms the skin.  It plays a key role in the appearance of a more even skin tone and leaves the skin looking radiant.

I also like pairing Pure C with Cell ID, which is one of our favorite peptide pro-aging serums.  Cell ID assists in filling in fine lines and wrinkles by increasing  natural ceramides, and a “dash” of Pure C brightens up the skin, adds a boost of antioxidants, and is healing.

Affirm is another serum that pairs extremely well with Pure C, as Affirm is an antioxidant serum and a multi-vitamin for the skin.  It is ideal for skin maintenance because it helps to condition the skin and is hydrating.  A “dash” of Pure C gives Affirm an edge over other antioxidant serums.

Check out the rest of our Better Together Bundles on! 

Is Jade The Secret To Better Skin?

We’re always looking for the holy grail of skincare. A quick look at history made us realized that we may have overlooked something that has been cooling, tightening and depuffing skin for hundreds of years. The jade roller has been used in Chinese beauty regimens dating back to the 7th century. This gemstone’s metaphysical properties are said to promote the healing process and help balance the senses to attract good health, wealth and prosperity. Physically, the strong emerald-hued stone helps to aid in the removal of toxins and fluid build up by simply pressing it against the skin. Throughout beauty history, the jade roller has been the mechanical equivalent of the high-tech tool we use today. It’s again trending and being used in facial treatments around the world.  You can easily incorporate this wildly popular and accessible little tool into your daily home care regimens.

Here is how you can use a jade roller:

For the eyes: Lymphatic drainage can build up around the eyes causing them to look stressed and tired. When you pair the jade roller with an eye serum like Eye Genius for dark circles and puffiness or Opti Crystal for dryness, lines and wrinkles, the eyes receive an instant wakeup call. Start by applying the directed amount of eye serum to the small end of the roller. Smooth the product onto the eye area with small upward strokes and a tiny bit of pressure. This will help disperse the unwanted fluid buildup, soothe and depuff the eye area.

Pro Tip: Pop the jade roller in the fridge for a cooling massage to depuff overnight swelling.

For the face: By using a jade roller to apply skincare to the face, more product is absorbed into the face instead of into your hands. Plus, by using the jade roller, your serums are pressed into the skin for better absorption and evenly distributed all over the face for even results. Try it with Affirm, COSMEDIX’s antioxidant-rich firming serum. Simply add the desired amount to the jade roller and apply to the skin in an upward motion. Ensure skin has properly absorbed the serum before applying moisturizer.

For the body: Just like a good message, the jade roller helps release tension in the body. The gentle pressure and upward motion helps to promote circulation which helps plump and firm skin naturally. The jade roller is perfect for a neck and décolleté product such as Illuminate and Lift. Using the wide end of the jade roller, gently roll it onto the neck and chest for a smoother, lifted look.

For more details on how to use a jade roller,  check out the video link here! 

SKIP THE FOUNDATION This is how you get flawlessly contoured skin.

What if we could take back our mornings? What if we didn’t have to spend so much time slathering on primers, concealers, foundations and contour powders? What if we could be comfortable being bare-faced? It’s much easier than you think. First, we must address what we are really trying to cover up with makeup.

Whether its acne, blemishes, redness or just skin that has lost its elasticity, we must identify what is chipping away at our skin confidence. Consulting an aesthetician or dermatologist helps take the expensive guesswork out of clearing up your skin condition. Once you and your skin professional figure out what is causing your skin issues, it will be easier to start a regimen to help you become more comfortable in your own skin.

Step 1: Wash away the grime.

“You should be able to sing the Happy Birthday song twice before you rinse,” said Ryan Christopher, Global Director of Education at COSMEDIX. He explained you must breakdown all the makeup, oil and pollution from the day and that requires at least a minute of cleansing.

Step 2: Target the problem.

Serums are concentrated skin solvers. Packed full of concentrated active ingredients, they can brighten dark spots, reduce redness and help firm and smooth skin. You can layer on serums – just make sure you place them on the skin from thin to thick. For a flawless, even complexion, a brightening serum such as Simply Brilliant will help even out skin tone and help erase hyperpigmentation caused by the sun or blemishes.

Step 3: Get your skin in shape.

Prevention is key to getting your skin in shape. We often talk about prevention in relation to sun damage we will get to that next.  However, an age management regimen is something you can start earlier. Your skin’s metabolism will start to wane around the time your internal metabolism does. So here is a youth-restoring tip from Ryan: “If you are worried about signs of aging, you need Cell ID.” The oligopeptide and mitochondrial complex tripeptide helps boost the skin’s natural rejuvenation process at the first signs of changing skin texture to bring vitality back to the skin. It’s like drinking a youth serum before you turn 21.

However, if your skin has already started to show signs of aging such as the onset of fine lines, crepey and droopy skin it may be time to shape up. A firming mask is the first and best step. New formulas have proven that you can see contoured results without invasive procedures and see unbelievable results while you sleep. Bio-Shape Face Firming Mask improves skin tension and wrinkles in just two hours. Wrinkles surface, length and number are reduced and skin will feel firmer and smoother in a matter of hours.

Donald L., a COSMEDIX fan, applied the mask before he went to bed and slept in it all night. “My skin felt infused with moisture!” he wrote. “My skin looked refreshed and moisturized and fine lines looked less visible.”

In a clinical study of women between 54 and 75 using a key ingredient in Bio-Shape, 80 % felt they had firmer and more sculpted skin, 70% felt their skin had less sagging and 65% felt their skin felt more lifted after just two months.


Step 4: Moisturize.

Pouring hydration into the skin and locking it in is how you keep skin looking firm, plump and healthy. For daytime, choose a multitasking moisturizer like Peptide-Rich Defense so you can save some time in your morning routine. A moisturizing sunscreen with antioxidants is your best choice. It protects the skin from dehydration, environmental pollution and the sun to prevent damage to your skin. Skin firming peptides are also a plus.

This “90 days to flawless” plan will have your skin looking and feeling its best. Skin will appear firmer, smoother, more even toned and radiant.  It’s the perfect regimen to give you a boost in confidence.


Rethinking Retinoids: A New Approach to Skincare's No. 1 Anti-Aging Ingredient

Vitamin A has been scientifically proven to turn back the clock by decreasing the look of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne, as well as helping to decrease the loss of elasticity. Choosing the best type of Vitamin A is key.  Retinol (Vitamin A) and its natural and synthetic derivatives are collectively known as retinoids. Retinaldehyde (aka retinal), retinoic acid and retinyl esters are all part of the retinoid family. Retinoids are the most efficacious ingredients proven to stimulate fibroblasts cells that aid in maintaining the integrity of the skin matrix and promoting collagen thus significantly reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Retinol and its derivatives remain the closest thing skincare companies have to a “fountain of youth,” however they’re not without its weaknesses. Retinols degrade rapidly in light and oxygen and cause irritation in large doses.

Of all the members of the retinoid family, only retinoic acid is biologically active. This means a retinol has to be converted to retinoic acid before it can do its magic on the skin cells. This is the most aggressive form of Vitamin A and is typically found in prescription strength formulations. Because retinols can cause severe side effects such as redness, peeling and sun sensitivity for many, products with additives such as mineral oil or alcohol may exacerbate the very skin conditions you’re trying to treat.

A less irritable form of Vitamin A or retinol, is the most common form of retinoid in skin care. It can be obtained from certain foods, such as fish oil and liver, or indirectly from fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, melons, apricots, mangos, spinach and tomatoes. With the help of enzymes, it is then converted to retinal to penetrate the skin. To be effective, retinal is then converted into retinoic acid for cell delivery. Retinol is equally as effective as retinoic acid, but with minimized side effects. Retinol’s counterpart, retinol ester, is also widely used but can be less effective because it must be converted into retinol first. COSMEDIX has developed a proprietary chirally-corrected complex that takes vitamin A to the next level. By rethinking retinoids, science comes ever closer to creating a true skin care miracle.

Retinol and L-Lactic Acid

The skin is the body’s largest organ and its first line of defense from free radicals. This complex and fragile system needs protection from harmful environmental aggressors, such as UV radiation, toxic substances and oxidation. Being a very active organ, it is also the first to suffer from these aggressions, as seen in the formation of wrinkles, loss of elasticity and even in extreme instances€“ skin cancer.

Retinol and its derivatives are essential in the fighting of free radicals and maintaining the skin’s healthy look. Retinol can work with chirally-correct L-lactic acid to stimulate change in the skin without irritation, making it an ideal choice for all skin types and conditions. This natural exfoliant is used in many of COSMEDIX’s nourishing, anti-aging skin care products.

Getting the Best from Retinoids

Chemists have also found that combining retinol (or even more active retinal) with certain lipoproteins, glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and other natural plant-based amphiphilic compounds can help overcome the challenge of permeating both water and oil-based cellular barriers as well as the challenge of problematic irritation. In this case, multiple water and lipid-soluble layers act as alternating keys, each allowing the transported ingredient the retinoid to pass deeper into the skin with less irritation. By minimizing irritation, retinoid concentrations can increase. Combining retinoids with intelligent encapsulation has helped to create a new generation of retinoid that’s more effective and gentler than ever before.


Fighting Acne with Oil

We’ve all been there. You think the only way to get rid of your acne is to control your oil so you do everything in your power to dry your skin out. You wash your face every chance you get with cleansers that strip any and all moisture from your skin, and you use harsh spot treatments to dry out your blemishes. The result is tight, dry skin, followed by the inevitable oil slick. If your oily skin is supposedly causing your acne, why doesn’t this method work?

The answer is simple each time you strip your oil away, your skin has to over-compensate for the lack of oil, therefore creating more. While harsh spot treatments and cleansers may work to maintain your acne for a few days or weeks, your skin will eventually go back to being acne-ridden usually worse than it was before. The solution to this skin madness? Use an oil-based cleanser to clean your skin and nourish it at the same time.

Wait, What?

Cleansing your face with an oil-based cleanser might sound scary for those with acne, but it’s important to remember that oil is not the enemy, and your skin actually needs some of it in order to stay balanced. Bacteria, hormones, dead skin cells and more usually cause those pesky blackheads, blemishes and cysts to appear on your face and body, so don’t be afraid to try cleansing with an oil you will be pleasantly surprised by how balanced and healthy your skin feels!

Purity Solution

Purity Solution by COSMEDIX is great for all skin types, including acne-prone skin. Containing a nutrient-rich blend of olive, moringa, kukui, safflower, sesame and argan oils, it works to gently break down dirt and impurities the actual acne culprits while nourishing the skin with vitamins and ensuring it retains its essential moisture. Purity Solution works as a makeup remover or a daily face wash.

Fact or Fiction Peeling Away the Fear of Chemical Peels

We have all watched that infamous episode of Sex in the City the one where Samantha Jones goes in to her aesthetician’s office for a chemical peel and comes out bearing a seemingly painful pout. Just the sight of her peeling skin caused us to put down the remote and pick up the phone to call and cancel our upcoming spa appointment. There is a long-standing myth in the esthetic industry that chemical peels can cause scary side effects that many of us fear, but is there any truth to these apprehensions?

Face Your Fears

There are many peels on the market with results that vary depending on your skin condition and intensity of the peel. Your aesthetician will guide you to the right treatment to get you to your desired appearance, whether you require a light treatment to more advanced exfoliation. Now with the fear factor out of the way, what peel would work best for your skin and target your skin concerns?

Feel the Peel

Whether you are trying to fix severe acne or you are just looking to get rid of blemishes or acne scars, COSMEDIX has a peel to meet your needs. Purity Peel is a great treatment for those who suffer from acneic or oily skin. This detoxifying peel cuts through excess oil to decongest pores and clarify blemish-prone skin. Chemical exfoliation helps to penetrate skin to ensure that ingredients, including Ferulic and Pyruvic Hydroxy Acids and our specially formulated AGP microencapsulated Retinol Complex, can get deep down beneath your skin to clear even the most problematic skin conditions.

Even if you don’t suffer from problematic skin, a peel such as Blueberry Smoothie by COSMEDIX can work wonders! With a smell as good as it sounds, Blueberry Smoothie combines blueberry extract and Jojoba Beads to gentle exfoliate your skin and rid you of blemishes and imperfections. Perfect for all skin types, this powerful facial treatment utilizes Lactic and Glucuronic Acids to leave your skin with a youthful, healthy glow without irritation.

Beautiful yet powerful, you can leave the worry behind with COSMEDIX peels and rest assured you won’t have to hide out after your treatments. Peel away acne and blemishes to reveal happier skin and a happier you!

Is Your Diet Ruining Your Skin?

Changing your diet is stressful enough. However, it is time to start thinking about how diet effects your skin as much as your waistline. It’s much easier to have a cheat day and make up for it with an extra workout. There is no cheating your skin. It is your body’s largest organ and it is affected by everything you do and everything you eat. Is there a such thing as a skin diet? Dr. Jessica Wu likes to think so. Author of “Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days” told Forbes that she believes that what you put in your mouth is just as important as what you put on the skin.

Wu told Forbes: “Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin. For example, if you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen (which makes your skin strong) and elastic tissue (which makes it supple).”

Dr. Wu recommends stocking up on antioxidant-rich foods such as red, green and yellow vegetables. These vegetables help reduce sun damage by fighting the free radicals that break down collagen. However, some nutritionists recommend staying away from nightshade vegetables a plant family that includes eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes as they can stimulate inflammation. This diet has been famously adopted by supermodel Gisele Bündchen and football player-husband Tom Brady.

According to “Significance of Diet in Treated and Untreated Acne Vulgaris,” published in the Advances in Dermatology and Allergology last year, a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids can inhibit inflammation and “can have a therapeutic effect on acne.” Omega-3 fatty acids are often found in fish, walnuts and seeds like chia or flax. A North Carolina study showed that teenagers that consumer large amounts of fish and seafood have less acne symptoms.

On the road to clear skin, there are some foods and beverages that should be avoided. According to “Significance of Diet in Treated and Untreated Acne Vulgaris,” studies have shown that high glycemic indexes (or carbs high in sugar) can increase the production of sebum, which can clog pores and stimulate breakouts. People that avoid refined foods such as cereals, chips, cookies and bread as well as dairy products, coffee, alcohol, sugar and oils experienced minimal to no breakouts.

Can acne be cleared by simply changing your diet? Honestly, it’s uncertain. There could still be other factors triggering your acne such as stress, sun exposure, pollution or hormones. According to Apostolos Pappas in “The Relationship of Diet and Acne: A Review”: “To prevent acne by dietary manipulation may not be possible, but there are scientifically plausible reasons to believe that nutrition can affect acne.” It’s worth a try.