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Eating plant-based foods can save animals—and help your skin!

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Studies have shown that eating high-fat foods increases the amount of fat in a person’s skin. The more meat—which is high in saturated fats and cholesterol—consumed, the higher the risk of developing acne. Dermatological research found that Western diets are the fundamental culprit in causing acne—specifically, diets high in calories, glycemic load, fat, meat, … and dairy protein.

Yes, the consumption of milk has been linked to acne. Although there isn’t just one food that causes acne, the Center for Food Allergies says that milk is the most common cause of blemishes.

Health magazine has even weighed in, saying that a vegan lifestyle is “good news” for skin. “Plant-based protein sources may also have super skin benefits,” Health says. “For example, beans contain zit-battling zinc and decrease inflammation, a culprit behind redness, pimples, and premature wrinkles.”

Specific foods can further battle those freaky bumps, too.

Flaxseeds have tons of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation.

Deficiencies in zinc and selenium have been linked to acne in some people, so nuts, which contain both nutrients, are a good acne-fighting snack.

Orange fruits and vegetables, such as cantaloupe, bell peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes, are rich in beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A, which enhances selenium’s benefits to your skin.

Tomatoes are also friend of the skin. They’re rich in vitamin C, which aids in collagen production, and they contain lycopene, which stimulates skin circulation.

Some cruelty-free facial products to check out:

MDacne has developed a revolutionary new technology that can save you multiple trips to the dermatologist. Simply take a photo of your skin using its app, and a customized skin-care treatment kit will be sent to your door. You can also track your skin’s improvement and chat with a dermatologist whenever you want.

Perhaps your skin is already clearing up and you just need a product for post-acne spots and discoloration. MDacne’s Dark Spot Remover is a vegan solution to hyperpigmentation that uses hydroquinone, glycolic acid, aloe vera, bearberry leaf, and vitamin E.

Battling blackheads, too? The 7th Heaven Men’s Mask Range has everything you need to rescue your skin.

If you’re sporting a beard, try LUSH’s Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash to battle acne and dirt buried under that fur.

If an entire line of products is what you desire, try Murad’s Acne Complete Oil Control Set.

Check out Alchimie Forever’s vegan facial care line for men.

Sometimes what you think is a zit can just be razor bumps from your latest shave. Jack Black sells Bump Fix Razor Bump & Ingrown Hair Solution as well as a basic Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser.