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You know the saying beauty
starts from with in? This is not just a reference on morals but a
very practical observation about the health of your skin. What we put in our
bodies effects how we look, and there are a number of essential vitamins that
do wonders for the skin. HOWEVER,
they do not TREAT acne.
Certain vitamins and minerals may be a great adjunct to
treating acne, and help your skin to be healthy and glowing.
Acne is a manifestation
of an internal imbalance that leads to the overproduction of sebum (skin oil)
by the sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dirt creates an ideal
condition for bacteria, which results in inflammation that presents itself as
acne (pimples, cysts etc). The only treatment for acne is to reprogram your
sebaceous glands to stop working overtime, which will result in actually PREVENTING
new acne from coming. Anything less - topical products and antibiotics - focus
on symptoms of acne and address the inflammation rather than the real root
cause of acne.
acne, you need to rebalance the body and "reprogram" the
sebaceous glands to produce a "normal" amount of sebum.
With that said, there
are some "helpers" that can assist in winning the acne battle.
Vitamin E is the most powerful bioactive antioxidant among all
vitamins. It can immediately catch and remove any free radicals that come near
your cells - it really is the best antioxidant you can wish for. Since Vitamin
E is a fat-soluble vitamin, it lasts longer in your body doing much good. It
even outlasts Vitamin C, which is also a great skin vitamin. Since Vitamin E
increases skin health, it will also help collagen production and therefore may
help reducing the appearance of acne scars and marks, stretch marks or age
spots. In addition to taking Vitamin E into your body orally, you can also use
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that helps to keep your skin
cells safer while you are exposed to sun UV rays, pollution and other damaging
environmental and stress factors. Adequate intake of Vitamin C can effectively
deter the aging process, prevent skin discoloration and brighten your skin
your skin has been feeling scaly and dry, then there's a possibility that you
might be Vitamin A deficient. Individuals who are suffering from acne are also
encouraged to take plenty of Vitamin A or apply products that are derivatives
of the vitamin. Since Vitamin A also helps the skin rebuild itself, it is also
an essential vitamin when it comes to healing wounds and other damages to the
skin. So if you wish to get some help with acne scars and lines, wrinkles, dull
skin and other skin aging symptoms, Vitamin A may be a good addition to your
daily health routine.
Vitamin B6 helps your skin by reducing the amount of homocysteines
in your blood. Homocysteines affect both your circulation system and endocrine
system. Elevated levels of this compound cause cholesterol to form plaque,
which impairs your blood flow. High homocysteines levels also trigger stress
response, which can cause acne breakouts and hives. Vitamin B6 will also help
oxygenate your skin, which in turn will speed up healing of inflammation and
will add a healthy glow to your complexion.
Folate has the same stress reducing function as vitamin B6, and
can also promote better oxygenation for your cells. Folate heightens your red
blood cell production too. Higher concentration of red blood cells means more
oxygen can be delivered to your skin and other tissue. Abundance of oxygen
encourages faster skin regeneration. Eating a variety of dark leafy vegetables,
beans and legumes, citrus fruits and fortified cereals is the easiest way to
get the Foliate you need for a look of rejuvenation.
Pantothenic acid is crucial in helping to
prevent acne, dermatitis and skin allergies. This vitamin helps your body break
down fat and prevents surplus oil secretion from your sebaceous glands.
Increased intake of pantothenic acid can reduce your pore size and improve your
skin tone, making it a common ingredient in many skin care products. As helpful
as this vitamin is for your skin, it will NOT work on its own - so add it to the
acne treatment that works on causes
of acne and you get yourself a winning combination.
The ideal way to get all the vitamins you need is in
food. There is NO question about it. All of these vitamins mentioned can
be part of your daily diet. So the more color you put on your plate, the
If you cannot guarantee that your diet contains a
sufficient amount of "skin helpers," reaching out for supplements may
be needed. Just make sure you read the labels before you buy. With a number of
brands and products on the market, you may need to put some effort into
choosing the one that is best for you. Try to look for natural, well
And also note too that the more milligrams per
day is NOT automatically better. Review the recommended daily dose of a
particular vitamin recommended for your age, gender and health status.
Vitamin E is most present in the following foods: asparagus,
avocados, nuts and seeds, eggs and dairy products
Having 3 to 5 servings of fresh fruits like oranges, strawberries
and grapes everyday is the best way to keep you full of Vitamin C.
You get a healthy supply of Vitamin A by eating
eggs, leafy greens, carrots, pumpkins, liver and drinking milk (fat free or
1%-2% is perfectly fine).
You will find Vitamin B6 in meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Dark leafy vegetables like kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, as
well as beans and legumes and citrus fruits supply a healthy amount of folate.
The best dietary sources for pantothenic acid include fish rich in
Omega-3, red meat, wheat bran and yeast. You can also get an extra boost of
pantothenic acid by taking a royal jelly supplement.
We are living in a culture that demands
instant gratification. Unfortunately, if you expect an overnight miracle in
treating acne, or in seeing instant results by using vitamins, you will be
Treating acne takes time
and perseverance since in addition to these acne supporters, you need to use a treatmentthat actually helps your sebaceous glands to come back to normal
Vitamins, and any other support factors like diet,
exercise, stress control and some topical
agents have a cumulative effect so they need time to show their
"good side" - but
with this patience and perseverance comes results. Isn't your skin
health worth it?
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