Acne Skin Care Tip #9:
Consider Taking Vitamins for Clear Skin
In addition to following an appropriate skin care routine, you can reduce inflammation and improve healing by taking nutritional supplements or vitamins for clear skin. Be sure to avoid vitamin supplements that contain iodides, seaweed, or kelp, as they can actually make your acne worse.
Zinc - Taking zinc supplements can be helpful because studies show that it acts in a similar way to antibiotics in improving inflamed acne. Zinc is an essential trace element that is best used as a treatment, not as a preventative. If you have inflamed acne, you may consider taking zinc in a dosage of 50-100mg.
Many zinc supplements can upset your stomach, and taking more than 60 mg may lead to deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals -- I recommend OptiZinc because it contains copper, a mineral that can be depleted by zinc supplements. OptiZinc is formulated to prevent nausea -- be sure to take it with food, and discontinue taking zinc once your skin is completely clear.
Fish Oil / Omega-3 Oils - Evidence suggests that people with chronic inflammatory acne may benefit from taking relatively higher doses (1000-1700mg) of purified omega-3 oils -- primarily found in wild ocean fish such as salmon, mackerel, cod and herring.
Omega-3 oils have anti-inflammatory properties, may help regulate hormones, and may shorten the intensity of break outs for people with acne prone skin. There is no known toxicity associated with taking fish oil long term, however, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure this is an option for you.
Keep in mind -- vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements can be helpful in getting severe inflammatory acne under control. But in most cases, taking vitamins for clear skin will not be sufficient treatment alone. You must also follow a consistent home-care routine with the right acne control formulas.