In our previous post, we talked about stuff that can help with acne treatments. But we weren’t done yet! Now let’s talk about vitamins and nutrients also believed to be helpful in managing and treating acne.
As mentioned before, acne include skin conditions with blackheads, whiteheads, cystic and nodules pimples etc. They are mainly caused by clogged pores due to bacteria and also excessive oil production.
Apparently, vitamins A, D, E, C and Zinc can help with all that! Apparently, they play important roles for our skin, specifically acne. This is proven by studies that showed people suffering from acne are found to lack these vitamins in their body. Here’s some of the reasons why they’re important for acne:
While some Vitamins are potent on their own, some others are more effective when combined
- They stimulate the renewal of healthy skin. Our skin cells regenerate and sufficient nutrients will help to ensure this to happen healthily.
- Reduce excessive sebum production. When your skin oil production is under control, there is less chance for your pores to be clogged by it.
- Antioxidant nature of the vitamins help to remove damaging toxins (absorbed from the environment) from the skin, shedding off those dead dry skins and also clear up the dirt in the clogged pores.
- Anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial effect of the vitamins are definitely helpful in cases of flared acne.
- They support our immune system by helping our body fight off germs. Germs can definitely aggravate your acne. Gotta make sure our immune system is strong!
Do you know that these vitamins are also available for topical use? Today, there are plenty of available topical Vitamins. Retinol/Retinoid’ are popular forms of Vitamin A. They are very effective as direct application can help to dissolve the pore-clogging dirt and clear up the pores. (**PSA: Make sure you use sunscreen because retinoid weakens your skin UV protection.)
HOWEVER, for Vitamin E, direct application on skin is not recommended for people with oily or acne-prone skin as it can clog your pores. Of course, a healthy diet can help with your acne too. But that’s another topic for another day!
Whatever you choose or are interested in, remember that it’s always best to speak to your doctor first! You just need to be sure that you’re not over-using or over-dosing more than what your skin need/can take. Too much of anything is never good!