Grapefruit’s combination of low sugar and high vitamin content make it one of the best power foods for combating acne. With a naturally sour flavor, grapefruit isn’t everyone’s favorite source of citrus, but once you get used to it, it makes for both a delicious and super healthy snack. In fact, grapefruits are second only to berries when it comes to the best fruits for skin care. So grab a spoon, slice one in half, and learn why you should add this fruit to your breakfast each morning.
I start almost every day with half a grapefruit and some Greek yogurt. If you do too, you may not need a multivitamin, because grapefruits are totally packed with nutrients.
What’s in Grapefruit Extract?
While oranges, tangerines, lemons and limes all have some great health benefits, none of them are quite as powerful as grapefruits. One thing all citrus fruits are known for is vitamin C. This versatile antioxidant plays a big role in skin protection and repair. When most people think of vitamin C, they think of oranges or orange juice, but it turns out that grapefruits contain more vitamin C than any other citrus fruit (just half of one provides about 80% of your RDA). And that’s not all. They also pack a lot more vitamin A and are richer in almost every B vitamin (with nearly twice as much vitamin B5 as oranges). It all adds up to make grapefruits one of the best sources of power vitamins for acne prevention.
Besides vitamins, grapefruits also provide skin-healthy bioflavanoids that help fight bacteria, including lycopene (which is known to aid in cancer prevention and guard against excess UV radiation) and naringin (which reduces toxicity in the liver).
However, while all these nutrients are nice, one of the best things about grapefruit is what it doesn’t include. Several citrus fruits, such as oranges and tangerines, contain fairly high amounts of sugar. They skew towards the top of the fruit-sugar scale, making them less attractive as everyday additions to an acne-free diet. All that fructose can work to offset their health benefits. In contrast, grapefruits are much lower in sugar, earning a spot on the low-to-mid range of the scale. Sure, they’re a bit more sour, but the nutritional value is worth it, and personally I love the taste of a fresh grapefruit (sweet stuff tends to wear on my taste buds, but grapefruit I can eat every day). Just don’t be a junkie and sprinkle sugar on top!
What About Grapefruit Seed Extract for Acne?
Grapefruit seed extract acne remedies work because the extract works as a natural astringent. An astringent is any substance which constricts and dries the pores. The drying action reduces areas where bacteria can breed and helps remove dirt and debris which may clog pores and cause breakouts.
For those wishing to try grapefruit seed extract acne remedies, there are over-the-counter products that can be purchased. Some products which include grapefruit as an ingredient include Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit and Naive Face Wash with Grapefruit.
Individuals can also use the fruit extract directly, instead of purchasing a product. To cleanse face with the extract, an individual would wash face gently with water. While hands and face are still wet, a few drops of grapefruit extract should be applied to skin with finger tips. Application should be completed with gentle, circular motions that avoid scrubbing. Face and hands should then be completely rinsed, and face can be patted dry.
When using grapefruit seed extract acne remedies, a person should always avoid contact with eyes or other mucous membranes. The fruit is acidic, so contact with eyes or open cuts or sores can burn or sting. In case such contact occurs, users should immediately rinse with cool water.
Using grapefruit seed extract acne remedies is a great low-cost way of treating skin problems. However, users should note that extract must be purchased separately from the actual fruit. It is not a good idea to rub a cut grapefruit on acne, or juice a grapefruit and wash one’s face with the juice. Juice and extract are not the same thing, and misusing the fruit or juice in this manner may actually increase acne issues.
Benefits of Grapefruit Juice on Skin
Medicinal properties are highly useful for general well-being. The immune levels of the body increase and help keep away various diseases and infections, such as, candida, sinusitis, and giardiasis just to state a few. Grapefruit extract creams can be applied on all parts of the body to help and maintain the texture and glow of the skin. The liquid can be used as a facial cleanser. The diluted extract can be massaged gently to cleanse all impurities and acne. It is very effective for minor skin problems. Applying the diluted solution on affected areas twice a day can cure the irritation. You can mix some into your shampoo and massage it into your scalp and you can use it to strengthen your nails. It is a very handy solution in the kitchen as well. It is used to wash vegetables, fruits, meat, and poultry. Clean cutting boards, toothbrushes and all kinds of utensils with it to disinfect them. This multipurpose extract cleans all surfaces and removes harmful germs.
What about grapefruit juice or topically applied remedies?
For those who prefer to drink their citrus, grapefruit juice has both benefits and downsides, similar to any fruit juice. On the up side, since the juice is more concentrated, it can provide an even higher amount of vitamins per serving than eating the raw fruit does. Unfortunately, you lose out on certain benefits, such as the fiber. This is compounded by the fact that many brands of juice add sugar to sweeten the flavor. The end result is that eating grapefruits is still better for you than drinking grapefruit juice in most cases, but the juice isn’t bad.
Some acne remedies recommend applying grapefruit slices or juice directly to your skin, and indeed many skin care products now include it among their ingredients. The extract is touted as having anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and like most citrus fruits, applying it topically can also promote exfoliation. If your skin has a high pH level, grapefruit’s acidity (pH of approximately 3.3) may help to balance it.
That said, other citrus fruits may be more potent for topical use. For instance, many acne home remedies turn to lemon juice instead, thanks to its higher acidity and stronger effect in stimulating exfoliation.
Best use and a few words of caution
There are very few foods out there that are better for your skin than grapefruits, and they’re even easy to eat without getting your hands sticky! Just slice one in half (stem-side up, not along the core) and grab a small spoon. It’s like a fruit bowl already prepared, and a great addition to a healthy breakfast. Just be aware that some of the phytochemicals in grapefruit may block the action of certain drugs (including drugs that lower cholesterol). Ask your doctor about any potential complications if you are currently taking medications.