Acne is the most common skin condition in the USA, affecting approximately 40-50 million Americans and 650 million people worldwide, each year1. 85% percent of teenagers and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 experience acne during their lifetime.
Teenagers suffering from acne can experience feelings of low self-confidence, shyness, embarrassment, helplessness, difficulty with social interactions, and challenges at school2.
Instead of over-the-counter medicine, try these natural solutions for acne relief:
Zinc: Zinc can heal wounds, fight infections, soothe the skin, and is an antioxidant3. Studies show that zinc helps suppress sebum production, which is one of the contributing factors of acne4.
Omega-3: Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the best natural anti-inflammatories out there. When taken for acne, they inhibit two specific chemicals directly related to breakouts, called PGE2 and LTB4. A pilot study of 12-weeks showed that omega-3 was helpful in moderate to severe acne conditions5. Further studies found that taking omega-3 fats in combination with other anti-acne nutrients like zinc and selenium helped lower acne6.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A is otherwise known as an anti-infective vitamin7. It is an immune system booster that increases red blood cells in the body and improves blood circulation. When impurities are carried away from the surface of your skin, fresh blood circulates and it naturally lowers the appearance of acne. A 2008 study found that people with acne had lower levels of vitamin A in their blood than those with healthy skin8,9.
Vitamin C: Collagen is the protein that helps keep your skin supple and soft. Vitamin C is one of the factors in stabilizing and creating collagen molecules. Research shows that vitamin C can increase the quality of the collagen created in the body. This powerful antioxidant also reduces redness and neutralize free radicals created in the skin after oxidative stress10.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E works with vitamin A to boost skin health and reduce the appearance of acne. A 2014 study conducted on 94 acne patients found that people with acne had lower levels of vitamin E in their blood than those with healthy skin. The study concluded that eating foods rich in vitamin E and vitamin A can help treat acne11,12.
Selenium: Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells from damage. A 2016 review in the European Medical Journal states that acne patients have low levels of selenium and the selenium-dependent enzyme glutathione peroxidase (GU)13. Low levels of GU can increase inflammation and cause acne.
Magnesium: Magnesium is a natural stress-reducer, sleep-inducer, and lowers inflammation. Magnesium supports your glutathione levels like selenium. A combination of these two minerals can help promote acne-free skin.
You need to treat your skin from the inside out just as well as you treat it from the outside in. We recommend a combination of NATURELO’s Whole Food Multivitamin for Teens and our Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement. These two products contain all seven recommended nutrients that help fight acne.
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