Vitamins That Help Fight Acne
Acne plagues teens and adults in varying degrees, from mild pimples here or there to severe outbreaks that cover the face and neck, and sometimes other body areas, with red, itchy and inflamed pimples that may cause embarrassment low self esteem. Finding ways to fight acne takes time and experimentation, from changing your diet to seeking contemporary medications to alternative natural treatments. Vitamins may help in your battle against acne, regardless of your age.
Vitamins are essential to healthy organs and function, and since the skin is considered the largest organ of the human body, it must be nourished with adequate vitamins to maintain health and balance. Vitamin A contains protection against excess sebum (oil found inside pimples) production through carotenoids, states Dr. George Obikoya of Vitamins-Nutrition.org. Vitamin A also helps get rid of toxins that build up in the skin and help regulate the production of sebum, states Carefair.com.
Vitamins B1 (Thiamine) behaves as an antioxidant, helping protect your skin cells from damage and death caused by free-radical damage. Free-radical damage can be caused by anything from dirty air to overexposure to the sun.
B3 (niacinamide) is important for circulation, which provides adequate nutrients, blood and oxygen to skin, and helps the body process fats, too many of which may contribute to acne.
Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, is essential for immune system health and function, and in the production of antibodies. Lack of B6 may contribute to acne, says Dr. Obikoya.
Purchase a bottle of Vitamin B-complex vitamins at your local vitamin or health food store and take according to label instructions.
Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants and immune system enzymes that help fight infection and inflammation, as well as having an antibacterial effect, states CareFair.com. Take 1000mg of vitamin C three times a day to fight acne, suggests Dr. Obikoya.
Vitamin E is known as the skin vitamin, considered an antioxidant that helps with tissue repair and healing processes. Vitamin E also helps protect skin cells from damage caused by free radicals that contribute to acne inflammation and flare-ups. Take 400 IU of vitamin E every day to help fight acne, suggests Vitamin-Nutrition.org.
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