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Most people take their daily multivitamins, which is often thought to fill in the gaps or increase your “nutritional value” for the day.

But that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Vitamins are some of the biggest culprits for unexplained inflamed acne, they are filled with iodides and seaweed like algae, spirulina, chlorella, and kelp all of which exacerbates acne and inflames your skin. We recommend taking individual vitamins and supplementing what you actually need in your body.

Sometimes your facial brushes, green-smoothies, and vegan diet don’t always solve your breakout problems. But there might be a (semi) magic pill that could help. They are called supplements, here are some of the best supplements to help with inflammation, hormonal support, stress-reducing, etc:

  1. Zinc

Zinc is a nutrient that can reduce acne inflammation significantly. Zinc helps breakdown a nerve chemical that causes sebum production when the body is stressed. Zinc works to reduce the inflammatory response to bacteria.In fact, one double-blind study published in theJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology (source), which analyzed the differences in female patients who were using a zinc-containing lotion to clear up their skin and those who were not, found that those using the lotion experienced clearer skin. Doses higher than 30 mg, however, may be toxic, so it's important to make sure you're taking the right amount. Speak with your primary care physician or dermatologist if you're unclear of zinc's effects on your skin.The monomethionine form of zinc known as “Opti-Zinc” is the most bioavailable form of zinc that acts as an anti-inflammatory directly on the pores. You should discontinue when clear.

  1. Probiotics

Most of the time dermatologists are prescribing antibiotics to fight acne and the bad bacteria, however it also kills the good bacteria.When your gut does not have enough of this good bacteria, it can wreak havoc on your entire body and cause inflammation, including on your skin.These supplements are recommended for people who have long-term antibiotic use in the past. Probiotics help repopulate the gut with “friendly” bacteria. You can get probiotics through supplements or even fermented foods or drinks.

  1. High Quality Fish Oil

What you need in the fish oil are those omega-3 fatty acids. The fats are thoughtto help build up healthy cell membranes as well as decrease inflammation of deeper skin layers associated with acne.It is arguably the best anti-inflammatory found in nature. It’s also particularly beneficial for women whose breakouts are linked to PMS, cod liver oil and krill oil will help shorten the intensity of your breakouts.

  1. Magnesium

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps keep hormone levels balanced and the nervous system running smoothly- both of which are very important for keeping acne at bay and preventing it. Most dermatologists don’t talk about this mineral, nor amateur acne gurus on their blogs which is too bad because we need more information on this mineral that is in a class of its own. You’d be surprised to know over half of our population is magnesium deficient. We owe that to modern agriculture methods that strip nutrients from the soil, use pesticides and herbicides, the purification process of magnesium from our water supply, stress, and our overall diet.



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