When it comes to supplements for acne, it seems like everyone has their own thoughts on what works and what doesn’t work. Try this, don’t try that, avoid this, use lots of that… it can be difficult to tell what may work for you and what may not. The truth is that there is no miracle treatment for acne and it’s root cause could be many factors, ie hormones, gut imbalance, imbalanced diet, food sensitivities, etc It is important to note that, as well, there are lots of natural treatment options for clearer skin. This is why we wanted to share what we have proven to be the top 5 supplements for acne treatment.
1. Probiotics – An inflammation or imbalance in the gut bacteria could be a strong reason why the skin is acting up. The connection between the gut and the skin is a rather prominent relationship in your body. By maintaining healthy levels of flora (good bacteria) in the gut, you reduce inflammation and distress on your systems. Probiotics will help minimize inflammation and encourage the good bacteria that we want to overpopulate the gut and push out the good bacteria. These are especially important to take if you have taken or are taking antibiotics, which wipe out ALL the gut bacteria leaving you with nothing.
2. Vitex – Also known as agnus castus, or chasteberry, is an herb that has been used for thousands of years in treating disorders of the female reproductive system. Vitex contains components such as “progesterone, hydroprogesterone, testosterone and the analgesic agent agnoside” which are what is believed to make it effective in fighting hormonal acne, both for males and females.
One note to make about this herb is that it can take a few months for results to appear as it is slow acting. This is the go-to natural treatment for hormonal female acne! We recommend a vegan, therapeutic-grade Vitex for best results.
3. Vitamin A – Also known as the “Natural Accutane” is an antioxidant that aids in the shedding of skin cells. Vitamin A helps prevent acne by ensuring your pores stay clear and free of excess cells that clog the pores and cause a breakout. Additionally, the antioxidant properties act as an anti-inflammatory for the skin, reducing redness and swelling. To learn more, visit my page Vitamins To Heal Your Acne.
4. Omega-3s – Commonly found in sources such as fish and avocados, these “healthy fats” can actually help combat acne. Omega 3s are believed to reduce inflammations by restricting the production of leukotriene B4- a molecule that causes inflammatory acne. Further, there have been several studies that have shown after a few weeks of taking different forms of the Omega-3 supplements, the amount and painfulness of acne breakouts decreased in large portions of patients. Of note, it important to be taking EPA only Omega-3 supplements that are combined with minimal DHA. We know that the OmegAvail Fish Oil and Vitamedica EPA/DHA are safe for acne-prone skin and are great for severe inflamed acne.
5. Zinc – Studies have shown people suffering from acne breakouts tend to have lower levels of zinc in their system. By increasing the amount of zinc in the body, it is believed that you better equip the immune system for fighting off acne. Zinc can help fight acne causing bacteria, reduce inflammation, act as a powerful antioxidant, and possibly reduce the effect hormones have on the skin- thus limiting the various factors that contribute to acne inflammations.
We’d love to hear what has or hasn’t worked for you in holistically fighting acne! Share with us on our blog page, or contact us for a virtual acne consultation to further discuss effective natural acne treatments for clearer, beautiful skin.
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