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Supplements for acne

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What is acne?

Acne is a common skin disease characterized by comedones and cysts, which can potentially be disfiguring. Acne involves the sebaceous glands in the skin, which secrete lubrication (sebum) for the hair follicles and surrounding skin. These are located in greatest concentrations on the face, back, shoulders, and chest. Acne is most c...

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin disease characterized by comedones and cysts, which can potentially be disfiguring. Acne involves the sebaceous glands in the skin, which secrete lubrication (sebum) for the hair follicles and surrounding skin. These are located in greatest concentrations on the face, back, shoulders, and chest. Acne is most common in adolescents, with a peak during puberty. Acne may, however, appear for the first time in the mid-20s or later and can persist into the 40s or 50s.

Acne lesions are commonly of three types:

  • Blackheads are glands plugged with excessive sebum.
  • Whiteheads are small collections of pus within glands.
  • Nodules or papules are the red and inflamed areas of more extensive infection.

Supplements for acne

  • Zinc is the most recommended nutrient in the treatment of acne. It is involved in local hormone activation, retinol-binding protein formation, wound healing, immune system activity, and tissue regeneration.
  • Vitamin A (Retinol): many studies have demonstrated that the retinol form of vitamin A can reduce sebum production and the overproduction of keratin (a protein used for skin/hair/nails).
  • Vitamin C strengthens the immune system and keeps your skin healthy, rejuvenated and flawless. It acts as an antioxidant to kill the free radicals damaging your skin, which helps in resisting the acne outbreaks.

Dosage

Recommended dosage for supplements is the following. This does not mean that you need to take all of them of course.

Zinc: 50 mg/day

Vitamin A (as retinol): 10000 IU/day for three months. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant need to limit their daily intake of vitamin A to 3,000 IU, as higher dosages increase the risk for birth defects.

Vitamin C: 1,000 mg/day

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These are good solutions too, especially if you want a more natural treatment, or as complementary treatment to supplements.

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