Most people with acne present deficiencies of the following few vitamins (A, B3, C, D, E), minerals (Zn, Selenium), or different combinations of these.
Because of plenty of information and details, I will resume this post just to the vitamins, promising to continue with the minerals and supplements.
Also, is important to know that some minerals and vitamins depleted from our system have a very important role in the aging process, but this too will be another post, so stay tuned!
Vitamin A – just topical, no oral supplement
Vitamin A is a possible remedy for acne. Still, oral supplements don’t work the same as topical vitamin A, and they can do more harm than good, especially to pregnant women.
So keep in mind that retinoids (vitamin A derivates) are the most effective TOPICAL treatment for acne because of their ability to regenerate and heal the skin rapidly so that you quickly have fresh skin.
Vitamin B3 – Niacinamides (topical), Niacin (as an oral supplement)
Niacinamides are very helpful for severe acne, especially inflammatory forms like papules and pustules, but also have many other benefits: increasing immunity, reinforcing lipid barrier, minimizing redness and blotchiness, minimizing pore appearance, regulating oil production, treating hyperpigmentation, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, protects against oxidative stress.
Vitamin B-3 is found in eggs, cereals, green veggies, beans, fish, and milk.
Vitamin C – topical and oral, one of the best during the healing phase
When vitamin C is supplied directly to the skin, it promotes collagen synthesis, inhibits melanin production, and eliminates free radicals, restoring and brightening damaged skin after an acne breakout. The most known sources of Vitamin C are kiwi, grapefruit, cauliflower, broccoli, guava, papaya, cantaloupe, chili peppers, and many others.
Vitamin D – oral, topical on Psoriasis or eczema
Vitamin D plays a vital role in skin health. One of the functions of our skin is to convert vitamin D under UV exposure to Vitamin D3, which is the beneficial form of this vitamin. More than his significant role in bone health and cancer prevention, vitamin D also has an anti-inflammatory property. Having adequate levels of vitamin D in your system may help address inflammatory symptoms of acne. Unfortunately, only sun exposure and natural sources of Vitamin D are not enough, so supplements remain the best options.
Vitamin E – on acne skin, just as an oral supplement
This fat-soluble vitamin is also an antioxidant, which means it helps prevent fats from oxidizing in the body. This is especially important when it comes to your skin, as sebum oxidation is known to spread bacteria across your face and lead to acne. Vitamin E helps prevent the spread of bacteria, and occurs naturally in delicious foods, like almonds, avocados, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, spinach, and more.
Hope you enjoyed this one! More to come.