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Supplements That Could Help Your Acne

There's a world of supplements out there. If you've ever walked past the supplements aisle at a health food store you know just what I'm talking about. There's a supplement out there for everything, from infertility to leaky gut.

Unfortunately, not all of these supplements actually do what they are purported to do. Some may work, others may offer little more than the placebo effect, and some can be downright dangerous.

But there are (thankfully) some supplements that actually do something, with science to back them up, which is pretty cool.

Today, we're going to focus on the supplements that can actually do something for acne.


Zinc, as we have discussed, is an essential mineral to human health, and research has shown that people with acne tend to also have lower levels of zinc than people with clear skin, and that supplementation with zinc can potentially reduce acne.

There are many reasons that supplemental zinc may help with acne, including an increased reparative process, as zinc is essential to enzyme systems that influence cell division and proliferation. Not to mention the nervous, reproductive and immune systems are particularly influenced by zinc. It is clear that zinc even affects multiple aspects of the immune system, from the barrier of the skin to gene regulation within lymphocytes. Zinc ascorbate has also shown antimicrobial activity against a type strain of P. acnes bacteria. Furthermore, zinc’s antioxidant properties may help minimize hormonal fluctuations by potentially blocking DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which also can reduce sebum production.