You all know by now that I’ve had quite the struggle with acne. You can read about the products I used to get rid of cystic acne here and how to heal acne scars here. One thing I haven’t talked to you all about is how vitamins and supplements also, majorly, helped to improve my skin.
Healing your acne from the inside out really works and here’s why. Acne can really be broken down as inflammation of the skin. Knowing that allows you to think about acne from a different point a view.
So once we know that treating acne can be from the inside out, we need to figure out how to do it. Thankfully for you, I’ve acted as a guinea pig on the matter. I’ve come up with my holy grail list of vitamins and supplements that combat acne!
With anything health related, you’ll want to consult with your doctor before taking anything new.
What I Take to Get Rid of Acne
Flax Seed Oil
So, I started taking Flax Seed Oil capsules because I read that they could help increase focus. What I didn’t expect, but was pleasantly surprised to discover was a drastic reduction in my acne. My skin looked and felt noticeably better and I didn’t think this was a fluke. So, I decided to do some research.
Did you know that stress and inflammation are the number one causes of acne? Neither did I. Turns out that Flax Seed Oil helps to reduce inflammation, aides hormonal issues, and counters the effects of stress on the body.
Girls, do you ever notice how you break out closer to your period? That’s called a hormonal breakout. Taking Flax Seed Oil can help to prevent these unwanted pimples by leveling out your hormones.
Besides making up 70% of your immune system, your gut is a direct reflection of your skin. If your flora (good bacteria) is out of whack, chances are your skin is too.
By taking a daily probiotic you’re introducing more good bacteria in your body. The goal is to have more good bacteria to bad bacteria.
In a recent study by Robert Siver, he gave probiotics to patients that had active acne breakouts. When the study was finished, 80% of the patients had significantly clearer skin.
In addition to helping out your skin, probiotics have a killer amount of benefits on the body. These powerful little bugs boost your immunity, reduce inflammation, aid digestion, and even help you shed a few pounds. Even if you don’t have acne, I suggest taking a daily probiotic!
Like anything, finding the right probiotic for your needs can be challenging. Don’t just buy the first probiotic you see. I recommend seeing a functional medical doctor to help you decide what type and quantity of certain bacterias you need to help you with your skin, or other health issues.
The active ingredient curcumin has major anti-inflammatory properties and by now you know that inflammatory issues play a HUGE role when it comes to acne, and many other health conditions. Minimizing inflammation from the inside out helps to heal the source of the acne and prevent future breakouts.
Turmeric also has major superpowers when it comes to just about everything. Did you know that things like cancer and heart disease are largely caused by inflammation in the body?! So even if you don’t have acne, it’s a good idea to start adding turmeric or turmeric supplements to your everyday diet!
Some people can’t handle turmeric due to their own genetic or health conditions. While turmeric has many health benefits, please consult with your doctor before taking.
I’m magnesium and calcium deficient and when I started taking these two supplements I realized a noticeable improvement in my skin. Like flax seed oil, magnesium helps manage hormones. It also makes sure the nervous system is working properly.
Magnesium also helps you body produce new cells. This is particularly helpful to accelerate the healing of acne scars.
We’re kicking inflammation to the curb again, because the plasma concentrations in magnesium are connected to the healing inflammation process within your body.
Calcium helps our bodies to absorb the magnesium better and to get the most out of it’s nutrients! But beware! I saw my skin take a turn for the best when I cut out dairy. So don’t rely on dairy as your main source of calcium…steamed broccoli anyone?!
I’ve never been tested, but some people unknowingly have an allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity to casein or lactose found in dairy products. You can get tested (IgG testing), but the tests sometimes come back negative even if your body is experiencing inflammation or a reaction. Often, doctors will suggest for you to try an elimination diet (ex: eliminating dairy, gluten, sugar), and then reintroducing new foods, one at a time. It is then people might discover they feel and look better when not eating certain foods.
Click here to learn more about the different types of allergy testing. I hope to test with a company in the future and to share my results and discoveries with you. https://thewholejourney.com/differences-between-ige-and-igg-testing-for-allergies-and-sensitivities/
Did you know that acne is more likely to be present if someone is Vitamin D deficient?! Do you also know that SO many people are Vitamin D deficient? The “normal” minimum level of Vitamin D is 20 ng/ml -50 ng/ml, but most functional medicine doctors will tell you that it shouldn’t be below 50 ng/ml.
At one point, my Vitamin D levels was 4 ng/ml. No wonder my acne was out of control and I was having other health issues! I encourage every one of you to get a yearly physical and advocate for yourself by making sure your doctor orders lab work to test your Vitamin D levels, as well as other vitamin levels. You would think this would be standard practice, but it is not. And remember to retest your Vitamin D level after taking supplements so it can be adjusted by your doctor accordingly. Too little or too much Vitamin D isn’t good.
So, how does Vitamin D influence your skin? Vitamin D helps stop the production of sebum and reduces skin irritation. When your body produces excess keratin and it combines with sebum the result is clogged pores. When you have clogged pores, bacteria becomes irritated and pimples may form.
In addition to you skin, Vitamin D can help depression, prevent cancer, stabilize moods, and might even help to prevent osteoporosis, depression, multiple sclerosis, weight gain, and other health conditions!
Spending time outdoors without sunscreen will help you to naturally make Vitamin D. If you have darker pigmented skin, you have more melanin which naturally protects your skin from the sun. So, someone with darker skin would have to spend more time in the sun for their body to make Vitamin D than a fairer skinned person would need.
Talk to your doctor about the many factors that might affect your ability to make Vitamin D from sun exposure so that you can determine how long you need to be outdoors without sunscreen to get the benefits. Remember that prolonged unprotected sun exposure is associated with skin cancer so protect yourself with stylish coverups, cool, large-brimmed sun hats, and sunscreen.
Do you take any vitamins, minerals, or supplements to improve your skin? What brand do you use and why? Share your experiences by writing me a message below!http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/vitamin-D-sunlight.aspx
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this article is not meant as medical advice. I’m simply sharing what vitamins, minerals and supplements have helped heal my acne. I encourage you to speak to your doctor and get your Vitamin levels accurately tested before taking any supplements. If your vitamins are too low, you are deficient. But if they are too high, they can reach toxic levels and have a negative effect on your health. Get tested today.