South Beach Diet, Atkins
The lowdown: Cutting back on white bread, pasta, and refined sugar can also lower the stress hormone cortisol and minimize breakouts, says dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD. Plans that swap in whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats also up antioxidants, blemish-busting zinc, and collagen-building protein.
But beware of meat-heavy plans. “Too much animal fat can result in an increased production of free radicals, which are thought to interfere with normal cellular processing,” says aesthetic dermatologist Lisa Airan, MD.
Drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated. Choose fish and other lean proteins, not just red meat. Eat antioxidant-rich leafy greens daily.