By Rene Sacchitella
Acne sufferers like myself always want to put our best face forward. We have anti-inflammatory diets, we are hydrated, we have amazing estheticians and we have breakthrough skincare. Yet somehow, we can still suffer from acne. Why? We ask ourselves while constantly searching for the missing link. It always recommended at this point to see a dermatologist, family doctor and a nutritionist since there are so many kinds of acne and triggers for breakouts. But are we asking the right questions or giving the proper information to properly diagnose us? Are we deficient in essential vitamins and minerals? Do we have a food allergy? Are the hormonal fluctuations normal?
After researching, learning, and asking questions, I have been taking a variety of supplements that are showing a visible improvement in my skin. Most of these supplements are quite common to find and are easy in implement into a variety of routines. If nothing else I hope that this information will help provide different perspective on the kinds of information we can discuss without doctors.
Probiotics are microorganisms that are beneficial for gastrointestinal health and aid in health digestion. So what does that have to do with acne? Digestion is affected by stress, anxiety, and a low-fiber, high-processed diet, which shifts our inner microbial colonies for the worse. When this happens, it creates system wide inflammation that even affects our skin. By taking oral probiotic supplements or by eating probiotics in your diet, you can theoretically restore a healthy environment in your gut and keep the skin from getting inflamed.
Low levels of this vitamin have been associated with inflammation and acne. In the body, vitamin A is responsible for red blood cell production, immune system support, healthy skin, normal vision, and overall growth and development of the body. Most notably, Vitamin A supports the thyroid. The thyroid the endocrine gland in the body that stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in our bodies. Beta Carotene is a provitamin that converts into vitamin A naturally in the body, which is the safest way to up your vitamin A intake since there can be vitamin A toxicity if you are not careful. If you are not sure you can always ask your doctor for advice and to check your thyroid.
Zinc is a trace mineral essential to all forms of life because of its fundamental role in gene expression, cell growth and cell replication. It’s especially important for clear skin. Zinc promotes healthy skin by carrying vitamin A and Omega-3 fatty acids to your cells to regulate hormonal imbalances. Since zinc helps manage 300 enzyme functions in the skin, it can also work to reduce the inflammatory response to bacteria, helping potential breakouts and regulating sebum (oil) production.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 comes from both animal (fish and krill) and plant (flax and chia seed) sources. Omega-3 Fatty acids have a variety of benefits like decreasing triglycerides or improving asthma, brain development in young children and arthritis. These fatty acids are important for acne sufferers because they are essential for health cell membranes and reducing inflammation in the body.
Vitamin B Complex
B vitamins are essential for the conversions of carbohydrates, proteins, and fatty acids into energy. Most notably B3 (Niacin) and B7 (Biotin) are vital for strengthening our lipid barriers, which is the skin defense system against infection and free radical damage. As an added benefit, B vitamins can help with stress by working with brain chemistry and balancing neurotransmitters, thus aiding us in achieving balance over stress. When your body is stressed, there is a hormone fluctuation that causes an increase in the amount of oil your skin secretes, which can cause acne to form or worsen. By taking a vitamin B complex you are strengthening your skin’s defenses by fortifying the lipid barrier and calming the hormones increase breakouts.
Selenium is a mineral found in the soil. While people only need a very small amount, selenium is a key antioxidant for the skin since it helps combat free radicals. Antioxidants are critical for preventing blocked pores. The oil on your face, sebum, can block pores by itself but the real mayhem begins when it oxidizes. Thus Selenium can help regulate the sebum production of your skin helping reduce breakouts and blackheads.
Again, always ask your doctor, dermatologist or nutritionist what is the best approach for your skin. Essentially you want to decrease inflammation and balance hormones to cure your acne; like listed above,it can be linked to a variety of issues that can cause it. At Denver Laser Solutions we focus on exfoliating the acne causing bacteria, nurturing the inflammation with non comedogenic moisture, and balancing the sebum production with a variety of products or services. Book your free consultation today to reveal healthy radiant skin.
DISCLAIMER: This post is not meant to be taken as medical advice. The information on this blog are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the consult of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.