OK so researching this blog post got me very excited! As I am sure you are all aware by now, my goal here is to explore ways to treat my acne by what I eat and in conjunction with naturally active skincare.
For many years I have relied on harsh medications which have never actually managed to treat the cause of my breakouts.
Fast approaching twenty-nine, I still have ACNE PRONE skin.
Since making a conscious effort to clear my skin by eating myself beautiful, my acne has improved considerably.
Over the last three weeks, I have been eating foods which are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, vitamins and minerals and avoiding foods high in SUGAR and DAIRY. For more information on how to feed your skin click here.
While I would prefer to get all of my nutrients from food, sometimes it isn’t always possible to eat a variety of fresh, vitamin and mineral rich fish, fruit and vegetables all week long. So over the the last couple of days, I have been researching which supplements are the best to help prevent acne.
As the majority of my breakouts are located on my neck and jaw, it is likely that in addition to diet, my hormones are also playing a big part in why I still have acne.
After reading your feedback yesterday, that seems to be the case for a lot of you. One lady called Michelle contacted me to say that the main cause of her acne was due to HORMONAL imbalance, she asked if there were any supplements she should be taking.
Well Michelle, I did promise you that I would look into it and I am really pleased I did because I think EVERYONE who suffers with acne will BENEFIT from knowing more about how these supplements can help improve their skin.
5 SUPPLEMENTS TO PREVENT ACNE
As well as being an antioxidant to help fight those nasty free radicals, zinc is also essential for protein synthesis and collagen formation. It helps with our wound healing process, repairing tissue and preventing scarring.
Zinc regulates sebum production and plays a major role in many cases of adolescent acne. These days, that is from anywhere between the ages of 11-25yrs.
Most impressively, zinc is involved in the metabolism of testosterone; the primary hormone involved in the first outbreaks of acne.
Research shows that deficiency in selenium may contribute to inflammatory conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Selenium is responsible for functioning a special enzyme in our body (glutathione peroxidase) which is essential in preventing inflammation.
As well as being an antioxidant itself, it also helps to protect other antioxidants like vitamin E which is an important vitamin for the growth and repair of skin tissue.
EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
For anyone suffering with acne due to an endocrine disorder, their menstrual cycle, or any other change in hormones like the menopause, evening primrose oil supports most hormonal functions.
Due the omega-6 fatty acids present in evening primrose oil, it helps regulate hormone levels; curing hormonal acne. These essential fatty acids also help to improve nerve function and cell structure which in turn gives our skin that youthful bounce.
When buying evening primrose oil supplements, look out for the GLA (gamma linolenic acid) content, ideally you would want around 10%.
SALMON FISH OIL
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid most commonly found in fish oil. I prefer salmon fish oil over others supplements like cod liver oil, as it does not contain any vitamin A which in high doses can become toxic.
Omega 3 is broken down into two types of fatty acids; docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
EPA prevents acne by greatly regulating oil production and boosting hydration. It is also a powerful anti oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, protecting and repairing the skin from damage.
I am a big believer that stress is the root cause of most ailments.
How incredible then that a mineral such as magnesium can help reduce the effects of stress-related skin irritations such as acne and rosacea.
As well as its detoxifying properties to cleanse the top layer of our skin, it also reduces the amount of sebum produced.
Before you all rush out to buy these supplements; always consult your doctor and do your own research. It took me several hours to find which supplements were best to treat my concerns and even longer to decide which brand I was going to buy.
It is important that you check the supplements you buy are the correct dosage as some cheaper alternatives may not contain as much of that acne fighting goodness!
Remember this is in addition to your skincare routines, keeping well hydrated and nourishing your body with organic, whole foods.
For anyone who is thinking about taking supplements, I would highly recommend reading this blog by Amelia Freer. (It is a lot more sophisticated than mine!)