Clear Skin Smoothie for Acne, Inflammation and Anti-Aging

Smoothie-for-better-skinThis anti-aging smoothie is designed to provide plenty of the nutrition your skin needs to look its best.

The recipe is full to bursting with antioxidants, healthy fats and specific nutrients to help prevent and treat acne, eczema and other forms of skin inflammation.

Used regularly it may even help slow down the signs of aging caused by collagen breakdown, poor moisture balance and free radical damage to your skin’s cells.

If you don’t have all the ingredients listed here the first time you make it don’t worry.

The more you add the more powerful this anti-aging smoothie will be. But even a few of these superfoods blended together can make for an effective internal skin treatment.

Why this Green Smoothie is So Good for Your Complexion


Avocados are the richest fruit source of moisturizing monounsaturated fatty acids and including avocados in your diet regularly can do wonders for your skin’s appearance and preventing acne.

The omega-9 fats in avocado help balance and maintain proper moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin, keeping it soft and subtle. Oleic acid in particular is involved in reducing facial redness and irritation and regenerating cells that have been damaged.

If you are experiencing problems like acne, rough and dry skin or eczema, try getting more avocados into your diet.

They are particularly great in this recipe as the fruit’s unique texture blended up turns this clear skin smoothie into the consistency of a dessert mousse.


Kiwifruit is very rich in antioxidant vitamin C that also promotes collagen production. Collagen is the ‘glue’ that holds your cells together and when there’s not enough of it being produced skin starts to lose its firmness and tone and fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear.

Kiwis taste great, either on their own or in smoothies like this and are a delicious way to get your daily vitamin C. A good dietary intake of vitamin C is also associated with reduced inflammatory acne vulgaris lesions and faster healing of acne scars.


Extremely hydrating, cooling and alkalizing to your body, cucumber is a wonderful vegetable for beautiful skin. The anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found abundantly in cucumber are particularly good for flushed or reddened face and it is often recommended for acne problems.

Cucumber is also very high in silica, often called the beauty mineral for its positive effects on your complexion. Eating more cucumbers is also highly recommended, though if you don’t like the taste they are barely noticeable in this smoothie for acne.Cucumber for skin in smoothie

Coconut Oil

Extra virgin coconut oil provides beneficial medium chain fatty acids like capric and lauric acid and many people find it good for skin complaints like eczema and a dry and flaky complexion.

A good extra-virgin coconut oil is not only great for smoothie recipes. It is also a far superior cooking oil to inflammatory processed vegetable oils, linked to acne problems and facial redness.


Another powerful liver detoxifier, parsley is also excellent for your kidneys and contains many nutrients for healthy skin.

Just a small amount of parsley is a good source of vitamin K, trace minerals like zinc, copper and manganese and antibacterial and antifungal volatile oils.

This herb is far too nutritious to be a garnish and brings a lot of benefits when eaten regularly. Crushed up parsley can even be made into an effective facial treatment for dark spots.


Not just for your eyes, carrots contain very high levels of antioxidant carotenoids that protect your skin cells from free radical damage that leads to aging. The nutrition found in carrots is also beneficial to your liver, the main organ of detoxification.

An overworked liver tends to recruit your skin into helping get rid of toxins within your body. Including liver healing vegetables like carrots in your diet regularly can make a big difference to your appearance.

Few people have tried carrots in a smoothie, but, as long as you have a powerful blender, they are a great addition for less acne and a brighter complexion.


Amla, also called Indian gooseberry, is one of the most potent antioxidant superfoods available and contains concentrated vitamin C and a broad range of protective flavonoids and other polyphenols.

This study showed amla provided significant protection against free radical damage from the UVB radiation in sunlight that breaks down skin’s connective collagen and leads to wrinkles and sagging.

Whilst being an effective detoxifier and free radical quencher internally, amla may be even more effective as an external facial treatment. These amla face mask recipes use the same amla powder that you add to this acne smoothie, making it a very versatile superfood.

Ground Flaxseed

Flaxseeds are the richest source of omega-3 linolenic acid for reduced facial inflammation and better moisture balance.

Fresh ground flaxseed also adds a satisfying nutty flavor to your smoothies and is an excellent ingredient for many recipes. Flaxseed oil can also be used if you prefer with just a teaspoon needed due to its concentration.Flaxseeds in a facial smoothie

Macadamia Milk

Macadamia nut milk is superior to cow’s milk, with its estrogenic hormones and flatulence causing lactose. Some studies also show a higher association between drinking dairy and acne.

If you don’t have it then either coconut water, coconut milk mixed half and half with water, probiotic kefir or real bio-live yogurt are all recommended over conventional milk.

Clear Skin Smoothie Ingredients List

  • 1 small or half a large avocado.
  • 2 kiwifruit.
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil.
  • 1 small cucumber or half a large one.
  • 2 branches of parsley, minus the stalks.
  • 1 medium organic carrot.
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ground flax.
  • 1 teaspoon of amla powder.
  • ‘Milk’ of your choice to two thirds as high as the ingredients in your blender.
  • Optional stevia for sweetness.
  • Optional: A scoop of green powder, like the highly recommended Organifi Green Juice, to boost the skin benefits of this smoothie even more.

Smoothie Instructions

  1. If they’re not organic then soak the parsley and cucumber in a bowl of hot water with a small amount of apple cider vinegar. Shake off the parsley, cut off the stalks and throw the heads in the blender.
  2. Scrub the cucumber and carrots and chop them up into a size your blender can handle. Good blenders can blend up even hard root vegetables like carrot and make it easy to get more veggies into your diet. They are a great long-term investment and deserved pride of place in your kitchen.
  3. Throw in your ground flaxseed or flax oil, amla powder and virgin coconut oil.
  4. Scoop out the kiwifruit and avocado and add them to the blender.
  5. Top up the blender to about halfway up the jug with milk or another liquid.
  6. Add a few drops of stevia if you like it a bit sweeter without destructive sugar (strongly linked to inflammation throughout the body, including in the skin with acne).
  7. Blend it all up on high until everything is smooth, pour yourself a glass and sit back and enjoy the creamy taste of this anti-aging smoothie.

When to Have This Smoothie for Clear Skin

Ideally drink this smoothie right after making it for the best taste and most nutrients. There is quite a lot of it though so one good option I sometimes use is to freeze half of it straight after making it.

This way you could have half during the day and then the remaining half in the evening as a frozen dessert. The avocado and coconut oil content makes it quite easy to scoop out of a cup, even after freezing, and it taste delicious this way.

I hope you’ll give this clear skin and acne smoothie recipe a try. It takes a few weeks for new skin cells to really show through but I’ve personally noticed a real difference to my complexion since making up this smoothie regularly.

I’d be interested to hear how it goes for you, particularly for acne, eczema and other skin complaints.

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john paiul

nice nd good .. l love it

Shelley Lane

I look forward to getting your news-letters and tips Jim….thank-you.

I read your tips on Triphala and decided to give it a go, so I ordered 400 x 500mg on ebay and have been taking four a day now for a couple of weeks, I don’t know whether I have any benefits from it except that I haven’t had the severe reflux I suffer from on occasion to the extent that my throat burns that badly I have difficulty in breathing until it eases off ( I now know what it must feel like to take arsenic poisoning). I will keep going with the Triphala keeping in mind to take a two week break at the end of three months.

My regards to you
Shelley :-)

Jim Dillan

Thanks for your positive comments Shelly. Often it takes a while to see the full benefit of improving your digestive system but I hope the triphala can help with this.

All the best,


Casey S.

Hi there,
So I saw this smoothie recipe and I’m going to start using it. I have recently started some drastic life changes and I’m trying to live healthier altogether and my lifestyle changes have started rubbing off on my 6 year old son. When I saw this recipe I was ecstatic seeing as I’m coming up on 30 but I have a question. My son, as mentioned before, is 6 years old and has eczema and I was wondering if it would be okay for him to drink this smoothie as well? I saw that it was good for eczema I just wasn’t sure if it would still be okay seeing as he is so young. Also do you recommend any other smoothies or vitamins that would be good for him? He takes his daily gummy vitamin but I constantly worry about him getting all his vitamins and nutrients because when he is with his father for half of the week all he gets to eat is pizza, pizza rolls, fast food, and take out. I’ve tried speaking to him about these things but what I say doesn’t matter to him so I was wondering if there’s anything extra that I can do for him while he’s with me. He grows incredibly fast. I know all kids do but he is more than a head taller that all the kids in his grade. I’m 5’4″ and he stands up to midchest on me already so when I say that I consistently worry about his health that’s the understatment of the century. LoL! Hope to hear from you soon and thank you for your time!

A worried mama,

Jim Dillan

Hi Casey,

Everything in the smoothie would be fine for children and good for treating skin complaints like eczema.

For nutrition smoothies are great for children as they taste so good yet are easy to fill with superfoods. For weight loss you could use a smoothie like this as a meal replacement as it’s very filling. The biggest key though is reducing sugary soda/juice and processed grain foods like bread and pasta.

All the best,



Thanks a lot for this smoothie recipe. I am currently taking a smoothie of avocado, kiwi, amla, parsley, mint leaves, spinach and 1/8th lemon with skin since last 15 days. And to tell you, I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin tone. Now I will add cucumber and carrot and virgin coconut oil too.

Wanted to know if this smoothie will help for hair regrowth also.

I am facing a lot of hair fall nowadays. Please send me your tips.


Jim Dillan

Hi Pranitee,

Thanks for your positive comments. I’m glad the smoothie is improving your skin.

This recipe would help with hair loss but this one is even better

All the best,



I will definitely try this for my vitiligo


This is a brilliant recipe Jim. I also love the idea of freezing and using it for dessert. Thats a great idea. Im going to try it out tonight and give some to my toddler :D


Hello Jim, I want to tell u that I am suffering from lichen planus pigmentosus since three years it was diagnosed through skin biopsy six months before I have hyperpigmentation on my face and neck and I have tried all the treatments available please can u guide me what should I do please suggest me so that my confidence level grow as I don’t go at family get together as everybody ask me what happens to your face please guide me I shall be very thankful to you

Jim Dillan

Thanks Jenny. Glad you like it and hope your toddler does too.

Jim Dillan

Hi Farah and sorry to hear about this issue for you.

Turmeric, as a face mask, is often recommended as a treatment for lichen planus pigmentosus

I’d also read about natural remedies for lichen planus pigmentosus on forums like curezone and see what works for you personally

All the best in your healing,


Jim Dillan

Hi Aisha,

The superfoods I write about on are all very healthy with healing properties. I’d encourage you to read more articles on the site and see which you can incorporate more of into your diet.

For a great protein source I’ve recently written about grass fed whey protein here

All the best,



Is the amla fruit works the same? because I don’t have the power but I do have the fruit.

Jim Dillan

Hi Moni,

The fresh fruit is even better if you have access to it.

This article has how to take it

All the best,




Can we add banana instead of stevia in this smoothie?

Jim Dillan

Hi Vishali,

Yes you can, though bananas are quite high in natural sugar which isn’t great for weight loss, though they do contain some nutrients for better skin.

All the best,


Jim Dillan

Hi Kira,

I find if you make a big enough smoothie it tends to encourage you to go to the toilet well so a laxative isn’t really needed if you are quite ‘regular’. Though if constipation is an issue then some kind of encouragement in that area is better.

I agree that the breast feeding warning is often applied in a blanket way but am very cautious giving advice with anything regarding babies so would suggest discussing it with a healthcare professional.

All the best,



Great recipe, thank you very much for sharing it. Is this your own recipe? Can I recommend it to my patients at the clinic?

Jim Dillan

Please feel welcome to.

haneefah myers

Do you drink it once a day??

Jim Dillan

Hi Haneefah.

Once a day would provide lots of skin benefits, though even once a week should help to improve skin tone and prevent acne.

All the best,


Cynthia Priddy

Hello ! Oh goodness where do I start . I’ll try and make this short. My 21 year old son has been dealing with Acne on his face since middle school . We have spent hundreds on drs, over counter products, lasers , all Natural things as well. But what we haven’t done is change his diet . He drinks no cokes but does eat out a lot . And hardly gets near enough vegetables. It’s so depressing for him , I cry For him because I don’t know what else to do or try , it affects his self confidence and on bad days won’t Even leave the house . Accutane maybe my last resort !!please help And tell Me there is hope .
Cynthia from Texas

Avani Oza

Hi, Thank you very much for wonderful recipes. I have two questions.

Question 1 : I am 42 years old. I have blemishes, puffy eyes and wrinkles on forehead and near eyes. I am looking older besides my age. Can you please recommand which smoothies I have to try with facepack ?

Question 2 : I have sagging skin on my face. So please suggest some smoothie which improves elasticity and collagen in skin and gives tight skin.

Because of this problem I am feeling low confidence and bit stress .

Please help me.

Jim Dillan

Hi Avani,

This smoothie is specifically designed to help skin in these ways but it can take time.

Topical treatments work more quickly and these 2 articles could be helpful and

I find natural homemade treatments work more effectively than expensive cosmetics. There are more here

All the best,


Jim Dillan

Hi Cynthia and apologies for the slow reply as I missed your comment.

These articles could all be helpful and I would recommend researching acne treatments on the Curezone forum. Different approaches work for different people so he may need to try a few things to see what works for him.

All the best,



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