Yes, you can get most of your daily-recommended dosage of vitamins and minerals by eating mindfully and healthfully. However, in today’s fast food or “I’m too busy to eat lunch” culture, many women don’t get the support they need from their diet alone. Not enough nutrients means your skin suffers, especially if you are dealing with adult acne.
This is where supplements come in. While taking vitamins alone can’t cure adult acne, they can provide an antioxidant boost to help acne sufferers get faster results from their at-home treatment plans and in-office procedures. They also can decrease inflammation and infection, while nourishing the skin. Therefore it’s important to know which nutritional supplements do what, as not all will work for everyone. In general, Beverly Hills dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD recommends these supplements for healing acneic skin:
Vitamin A helps heal wounds and strengthens the immune system.
Alpha-lipoic acid provides protection from free radical damage and inflammation. It is very helpful in the treatment of acne as it helps control the body’s level of sugar and insulin.
DMAE is a naturally occurring nutrient found in high concentrations in fish. In humans, it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Zinc heals wounds, boosts energy and metabolism, and maintains collagen. It also serves as an anti-inflammatory.
Essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 are necessary for the performance of many biochemical processes of the body.
Vitamin B-complex plays an important role in the synthesis of hormones. B3 (niacin) is partially helpful in treating acne.
Vitamin C and E both are antioxidants that mute the inflammation of acne. Vitamin E also hinders the aging of skin cells.
For more ways to fight adult acne, check out Dr. Shamban’s book Heal Your Skin.
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