5 Supplements That Can Help To Cure Adult Acne

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Statistics from the US show that 25% of men and 50% of women are plagued by acne flare-ups. And it appears that women who never suffered with acne as teenagers are more likely to suffer with adult acne than men. Acne vulgaris is the commonest type of acne.

Health News – Causes of Acne

-Acne can be the result of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands inside the follicles producing extra sebum. This causes a build-up of oil and dead skin cells can become trapped in hair follicles. Bacteria make their way to the blockage, and the growth in bacteria called Propiobacterium acnes (P.acnes) can cause acne.

- Acne can be caused by sensitivity to testosterone which is a male hormone that women also produce. Testosterone stimulates the level of sebum prodution. During ovulation and menstruation, estrogen levels drop which leads to an increase in testosterone production. This may explain why many women experience a flare-up of acne just before their period is due. Some women have symptoms of acne in the first three months of their pregnancy. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) have high levels of free testosterone, which leads to acne on the face, chest and back.

-The skin is the largest organ of detoxification, so the diet does play a role in skin health. Consuming foods high in refined sugars and on the glycemic index (GI) scale such as crisps, croissants and biscuits all increase the risk of developing insulin resistance. This may contribute to acne development. The basis of PCOS is thought to stem from insulin resistance and poor blood sugar control. Some individuals notice acne flare-ups after eating chocolate, nuts and greasy foods. A diet high in vegetables, fiber and adequate hydration are important in keeping the skin healthy and clear and also promote healthy detoxification.

-Stress can lead to the involuntarily releases of extra cortisol, a stress hormone that can thicken the hair follicle’s lining, causing blackheads, whiteheads and larger pimples.  Stress also causes a lack of blood flow and oxygen to the skin which starve it of vital nutrients and hydration, this lack of circulation makes breakouts more likely.

-‘Acne cosmetica’- Certain make-up formulations can clog the skin and cause congestion on skin’s surface.

-The predisposition for specific individuals to acne is likely explained by a genetic component, which has been supported by twin studies as well as studies that have looked at rates of acne among first degree relatives.

How to get rid of acne and acne scars Formation of skin acnes and pimples, eps8
Acne can impact a person’s self-confidence. There are many professional treatments available on the market today that claim to reduce acne and improve the appearance of scarring. Taking prescription drugs does not address the root cause of the acne and when medical treatment is stopped, acne usually returns.

Topical creams that contain benzoyl peroxide may target the p.acnes bacteria in the skin and salicylic acid preparations such as creams and toners contain anti-inflammatory properties and keep the pores clear. Most serious scarring is caused by the more severe forms of acne, with cystic acne being more likely to leave permanent scars than other types of acne. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion procedures and laser resurfacing are treatments that may help.  Laser treatments reduce the appearance of acne scars as the top layer of the skin is removed. It can take between 3 and 10 days for the skin to heal completely.

Nutrients for acne

  • Antioxidant nutrients are important to keep the skin clear. These include zinc, vitamin A, betacarotene, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E.  A diet that includes a variety of foods such as oily fish, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds will provide these.  The following supplement solutions can be taken to provide extra nutrients.
  • Zinc plays an important role in hormone production, balance and skin healing.

A zinc supplement of 30mg taken for 2 months and then 15mg thereafter can be taken as part of a multivitamin and mineral.

  • Vitamin A is also an important nutrient for skin health. B-carotene supplements can be taken as mixed carotenoids to increase vitamin A levels.  A dosage of 7-15mg a day is sufficient.
  • Vitamin E (200-400mg per day) and Selenium methionine or selenium yeast (200ug per day) are important antioxidant nutrients that also work well with vitamin C and have been shown to improve acne.
  • Essential fatty acids from fish oils, flaxseeds and hemp oil provide anti-inflammatory omega 3’s that are beneficial for healthy clear skin.
  • The herb Echinacea has antibacterial activity and is effective against the p. acne bacterium. It can be taken as liquid drops, tablets or capsules.
  • Research shows vitamin D taken internally enhances body’s antibacterial capacity and is also anti-inflammatory. A dosage of 1000IU a day is sufficient.
  • MSM is a form of the mineral sulphur, which can be taken internally as a supplement (follow instructions on label) or topically applied as a gel or cream.  It may benefit acne sufferers as it enhances antioxidant potential, is anti-inflammatory, aids detoxification and improves skin repair.

Healthy Living Tips – Home remedies for acne

  • Tea tree oil contains powerful antibacterial properties effective against the p.acnes bacterium. It has good penetration without skin irritation.
  • Lavender oil can also be applied to spots directly and may reduce inflammation but is not antimicrobial like tea tree oil.
  • Calendula also known as pot marigold is a wonderful natural remedy for skin healing. Soap or creams with calendula can be used.
  • Natural facemask made with honey, yogurt, sandalwood can be applied to the face.
  • An egg white facemask contains lysozyme, which is an enzyme that acts to digest the bacterial cell walls and remove excess oil from the skin. It also tones and tightens the skin.
  • Lemon juice is also wonderful for the skin. A little juice from a fresh lemon can be dipped into cotton pads applied directly to the skin and then washed off with lukewarm water. The acids in the lemon contain anti-bacterial properties and help remove dead skin cells so also exfoliate the skin. It can cause irritation and stinging after the first few uses.
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