Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals but, most importantly, fiber—the type of carbohydrate that helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check. Also, “fiber is essential in helping prevent dead skin and alleviating redness,” says Alpert.
When you consume fiber, you’re actually less likely to snack on the sweets and salty foods that are often associated with dry skin and breakouts. That’s because—as we already mentioned—fiber can keep you full longer. Fiber also naturally boosts the metabolism, and a healthy gut is essential for clear skin.
Other great sources of fiber include barley, chickpeas, chia seeds, beans, nuts, and fruits such as apples, berries, citrus fruits, and pears. Take into consideration that the recommended daily intake of fiber is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men, and, unfortunately, most people eat less fiber than the recommended amount.