Vitamins for Acne: Cure or Scam?
There are numerous testimonials by people that claim vitamins for acne were the ultimate and final cure for their acne. Do not believe a word of it. I don’t know where these testimonials originate, but there is no evidence that vitamins can cure acne. However, certain vitamins can help your body fight off acne as well as other conditions. It is all part of your general health and taking care of your body.
Some of the vitamins and minerals that can strengthen your body’s defences and help alleviate your acne include:
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
Different B vitamins taken together can help alleviate stress, which weakens the immune system and can be a contributing factor in acne for some people. Vitamin A strengthens protective tissue and reduces sebum production, especially as a topical treatment in the form of retinol or isotretinoin. Both Vitamins E and C are antioxidants that help fight free radicals and strengthen your immune system. Chromium, in the form of chromium picolinate, can help reduce infections. Finally, zinc aids in the healing of tissue and can help inflammatory acne, although it can upset the stomach.
Rather than taking a multivitamin, it is always ideal to consume your vitamins in the form of real food. These include fresh fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colors – yellow, orange, green, and red. You can go by the guideline that the more variety of natural color in a fruit and vegetable the greater range of vitamins you’re getting. Lean meats and whole grains provide other vitamins and minerals, while healthy oils (like avocado and olive oil) legumes and nuts provide even more. A balanced diet along with regular exercise will provide everything you need to keep you healthy and help you fight off acne.
In reality, most people are unable to take in enough vitamins and minerals through diet alone. In this case, a good multivitamin is essential. There are some multivitamins on the market that claim to be especially beneficial for acne. Those are a good option, but just remember that they won’t cure you overnight, even though some of them swear they will. Your best cure is to combine your topical acne treatment with a healthy diet, plenty of water, and exercise.
P.S. Some people have foods they are sensitive or allergic to that can trigger acne breakouts. Be aware of what you are sensitive to so you can avoid them. However, there is no food that specifically causes acne. After all, does everyone who eats pizza or chocolate have acne?
The following is a product sold at Amazon that combines vitamins with a topical cream. It got a 4 start rating by users, although I haven’t tried it myself.
Filed under: Acne Skin Care
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