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If you have been dealing with acne for
any amount of time, you probably feel like you’ve heard of, and tried, just
about every tonic, treatment and remedy under the sun, but there’s one you
probably haven’t heard much about, and it’s a dietary supplement worth knowing.
Brewer’s yeast is most known for it’s
role in making beer, but did you know it can also work to help keep skin
healthy and acne-free?
Made from a single-celled fungus,
brewer’s yeast has been used as a nutritional supplement for years because of
its high levels of minerals, such as protein, B-vitamins (with the exception of
vitamin B12,) selenium, and
chromium. Known for assisting with a variety of ailments such as diabetes and
high cholesterol, brewer’s yeast is rich in several B vitamins which work to
aid in digestion, support the nervous system, and keep the hair, skin, eyes and
While rich in a variety of minerals,
there are two specific trace minerals in brewer’s yeast which work to keep skin
healthy, possibly improving acne. These minerals are selenium, and chromium.
Selenium works to help the body produce antioxidant enzymes, which work to help
prevent cell damage by protecting and nurturing them. These antioxidants also
promote cell turnover, which can improve both the health and appearance of the
Chromium works to help the body maintain
balanced blood sugar levels, which may assist in reducing the effects of the
acne cascade on the body. Acne is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance,
which triggers an overproduction of sebum, or oil, by the sebaceous glands.
This excessive amount of oil can become clogged within a pore, and when
combined with dead skin cells, creates bacteria, which leads to acne symptoms,
or pimples. Some believe that when our insulin hormones kick into high gear, other hormones may become knocked off balance,
triggering this cascade, and resulting in breakouts on the surface of the skin.
a systemic supplement. The simplest way to take brewer’s yeast is orally, as a
dietary supplement. It is recommended to add up to two tablespoons per day to
food, or you can mix well in a glass of water or juice, but keep in mind that
it does come with a naturally bitter taste. Taking brewer’s yeast systemically
can help deliver a healthy dose of essential B vitamins, including B3, or
niacin, which is known to reduce inflammation. This is an important player in
the fight against acne, as those red, swollen breakouts you see on your skin
are actually an inflammatory response to the bacteria created within a clogged
a topical mask. You can also use brewer’s yeast to form a simple yet effective
mask to apply to the surface of the skin. Simply mix one teaspoon of powdered
brewer’s yeast with one teaspoon of milk or plain organic yogurt. Apply to
clean skin, and remove with a cloth and lukewarm water once the mask has dried,
usually after about 10-15 minutes. The brewer’s yeast will work to gently
absorb excess oil and tighten pores, while the lactic acid found in the dairy
will make for a mild exfoliant, revealing a calm, clean complexion.
While brewer’s yeast comes with a wealth
of benefits, there are a few precautions to take before adding this supplement
to your skincare routine. Brewer’s yeast, like many dietary supplements, can
interact with other medications you might be taking, and anyone currently on a
prescription regimen to treat diabetes or Crohn’s disease should be especially
cautious and consult your physician first to avoid a harmful medical mishap.
Fortunately, there are other alternatives to help ensure the health and clarity
of your skin, such as AcnEase, a systemic, herbal acne alternative that works
to actually treat the condition of acne. Targeting acne at its source, AcnEase
treats existing symptoms from mild to severe, while
preventing new acne from forming, and unlike brewer's yeast, AcnEase does not
interact with additional medication, and has no side effects, making it safe
for anyone to use.