Acne is prevalent in almost all countries across the globe. In the United States alone, a total of 17 million people are suffering from it, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Zits come in various shapes and depths, such as whiteheads, blackheads, nodules and cysts. To remove these spots, dermatologists often advice people to use topical treatments like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, or to take antibiotics like tetracycline. However, other uncommon and mostly unproven remedies exist and are being used by some people. That being said, there are also some vitamins and minerals that help improve acne. The only question now is, which one is effective for whom.
A past study about zinc has gotten a recent review that proves, “Zinc can decrease oil production in the skin, and can protect against bacterial infection and inflammation.” This mineral is scientifically tested to heal acne, and is recommended by many dermatologists as a supplement or as a topical solution. The Institute of Medicine recommends a, “Daily allowance (RDA) of 8-11 milligrams (mg) for adults.” Too much zinc can lead to a copper deficiency, which makes a person ill. “Topical lotions that contain zinc can also help with acne. One study found that applying a lotion of 1.2 percent zinc acetate and 4 percent erythromycin twice significantly cleared the skin,” according to Richard Wolfstein, from Supernatural Acne Treatment.
According to the blog of Healing Acne Naturally, “Derivatives of vitamin A called retinoids are used to treat acne and other skin disorders. The retinoids tretinoin (Retin-A) and isotretinoin (accutane) are often prescribed to treat acne.” However, taking more Vitamin A than needed will have side-effects to the body. Hence if used to cure acne, topical Vitamin A is recommended over taking it as a supplement. Some clinicians at the University of Michigan noted that, “Vitamin A oral supplements don’t work the same as topical vitamin A. Because the vitamin is fat-soluble, it builds up in your body, and a high intake of more than 10,000 international units (IU) can be toxic.”
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps promote healthy skin and hair. Healing Acne Naturally wrote, “Vitamin E has been called the “beauty vitamin” because of its ability to regulate retinol levels for skin health as well as protect skin from aging caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is also one of the main underlying causes of acne. Vitamin E is an important vitamin for preventing and healing acne and used topically it is beneficial for healing acne scars.” However, compared to Vitamin A and Zinc, the use of Vitamin E to cure pimples is not well supported by science. But, recent studies show that acne sufferers suffer from Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Zinc deficiencies, which may support the use of Vitamin E in treating zits. This vitamin could be taken orally, although topical application has worked better for some people who are using it to treat acne.
A good way to get these vitamins everyday is to get a juicer and start to try drinking your way to clear skin.