Acne is an unfortunate condition that both teenagers and adults alike suffer from. We search and experiment with tips and creams and medications to get rid of those pesky whiteheads and blackheads that make us self-conscious and literally uncomfortable in our own skin. I’ve already written about the best foods to eat in order to help clear up your skin, but now I’ll expand on that a bit and tell you a bit more about which vitamins and minerals are actually playing prominent roles in cleansing.
This has not at all been scientifically proven, but most of us can agree that eating processed sugars and unhealthy fats usually results in a breakout the next day. Use your judgment and think about it this way: What’s the worst that could happen? At the very least, you’ll eat better, feel better, and have much more energy.
Vitamins and Minerals that Help Clear Skin
- Vitamin A is one of the main ingredients in acne treatment creams and medications. It helps regulate the skin oil cycles and prevents clogging. Be careful not to take too much, though, because it can be toxic to the body in high amounts. Take no more than 10,000 International units each day.
- Vitamins C and E are potent antioxidants and clean out the body and skin. When they are combined together, they have a very calming effect on the outer layers of the skin.
- Glutamine is an amino acid that has been shown to help acne because it balances blood sugars and stabilizes the stress response (which has a detrimental effect on skin condition). It can be found in many types of meat and fish, but can also be taken as a pill supplemental.
- Omega-3 fatty acids assist with the inflammatory response in the body, including what happens in the skin when too much oil and keratin is produced. These fatty acids support the functioning of the skin glands and oil production.
- Saw Palmetto is a berry extract. It’s usually taken in pill form, and it helps maintain and balance normal levels of androgens (specifically, testosterone).
- Selenium is an antioxidant and when combined with vitamin E, it can prevent breakage and damage to the skin.
- Zinc. Interestingly, some studies show that people who have major forms of acne generally have lower zinc levels in their blood. Zinc helps fight off infection in the body, so it’s quite probable that it also helps fight P. acnes, the infection that comes from clogged pores.
Each of these nutrients have additional benefits aside from helping to clear the skin. Many of them are excellent for the heart, brain, and musculoskeletal systems as well.
Other Helpful Tips to Clear Skin
- Drink a lot of water. It cleans toxins out of the body and makes your skin look healthier and cleaner because it assists in the skin’s natural regeneration and metabolism processes.
- Sweat it out. Sweat helps to unclog pores.
- Wash your face 2 to 3 times a day and use exfoliation cleansers and other home remedies that care for sun and chemical-damaged skin.
Web MD Nutrient List for Acne
The Food Doctor Acne Treatment