Unpleasant skin conditions can often be a sign that you need to include specific foods in your diet.

Pale or Itchy Skin

may be the result of iron deficiency. Common iron-rich foods include red meats, egg yolk, green leafy vegetables, dried fruits such as apricots, prunes and raisins, dried beans, potatoes and wholegrain cereals.

Scaly Skin

may be caused by vitamin B2 deficiency. Vitamin B2 is found in milk, cheese, fish, poultry, and green vegetables.

Acne-prone skin

Can be helped by eating dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, soya and foods rich in vitamin E,C and zinc, which are also essential for spot-free skin.

VegetablesThe amount of oil in your diet can determine the amount of oil in your skin, especially if you are prone to greasy skin. Replace full-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt with low-fat varieties.