Whether we are fighting acne or other skin issues, we are always testing and using products to make our skin look radiant, refreshed, and acne free. The skincare industry is a multi, multi billion dollar industry, so clearly we look to products to improve our complexion. At Austin Skin Plus, we definitely believe in skincare products to help combat acne or other skin concerns like rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and aging.
But, if you want to take your skincare routine to the next level, think about what you are putting in your body and how it affects your skin. Simply put, what you put in your body gets absorbed and released into your bloodstream, which then interacts with the proteins and fibers of your skin cells, either supporting or damaging your skin. Studies have shown certain nutrients and supplements can improve your skin and enhance your complexion. Below is our list of the top 3 recommended supplements that help fight acne.
Top 3 Supplements for Acne
- Zinc is a nutrient that fights infection and protects our immune system with the added benefit of anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show the anti-inflammatory effects of zinc alleviate skin irritation, acne, and redness; with higher rates of effectiveness if taken orally as opposed to topically. We recommend Source Naturals OptiZinc supplements to our clients at Austin Skin Plus.
- Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA) that is naturally found in our skin cell membrane. In order to have healthy skin cells that are working properly, meaning they are replicating and sloughing off efficiently and not clogging your pores, you need a healthy amount of EFA in your body. Also, omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties. Scientific research shows a link between increased intake of omega-3 and improved acne scarring because of its ability to keep skin cells functioning optimally.
- Probiotics are growing in popularity with all the latest research on gut health. Our gut health is linked to almost every system in our body. One system our gut regulates is the functionality of our hormones. Hormone irregularities are linked to acne flare-ups, so if you improve your gut health, you balance your hormones, which improves your acne. Also, poor gut health leads to inflammation in the body, which can trigger acne (Remember: Acne is an inflammatory condition). Feeding your gut healthy bacteria, like probiotics can help your body regulate hormones and combat inflammation = diminishing acne and breakouts.
Not only are supplements a great nutritional source for improving your skin, but what you eat can improve your skin too. Studies show that people who eat a high fruit, veggie, whole grain, protein diet have less wrinkles than people who eat a diet high in dairy, sugar, and processed foods. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for natural ways to reduce my wrinkles. Food for thought – Skin is the largest organ in/on the body, so what we consume will impact the way our skin looks.
**The information in this post is for educational purposes only, and not intended for advising, treating, or diagnosing any medical condition. Always consult with your physician before taking any supplements.**
Carly @ Austin Skin Plus