Supplements: do they help acne or not? Are they genuinely a good route to better skin? Expert dermatologist Dr Haus of London’s Harley Street recommends taking zinc, selenium, vitamin E and vitamin A, but he advises against taking B complex because it is very oily and can increase the possibility of blocked glands.
How can zinc help improve acne?
Essential, zinc has long been recommended to help with acne prone skin. It plays a key part in the immune system and has qualities such as helping with enzymes, cell division and healing. It is often prescribed during pregnancy too, to help growth and development.
How can selenium help improve acne?
Selenium is the supplement many swear by.
It’s involved in fighting infection, and hormone balance. It works best in conjunction with zinc and vitamin E. When treating acne, it’s main role is as an anti-inflammatory.
How can vitamin E help improve acne?
Known as the 'healing' vitamin, vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant. It encourages healing, and is specifically renowned helping with acne scarring. You’ll find vitamin E in nuts, avocado and spinach.
How can vitamin A help improve acne?
The great thing about vitamin A is that it contains retinol and pro-vitamin A carotenoids which help withgrowth, development and the immune system and most importantly, with skin cell regeneration. A big plus when fighting acne!
How can vitamin C help improve acne?
Also known as L-ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a regular favourite and for good reason: this antioxidant fights free radical damage and helps with collagen renewal. It’s key to healthier, bouncier looking skin!
How can fish oil or omega 3 help improve acne?
Rich in fatty acids, omega 3 also strengthens skin (and nails), helps manage stress and balance hormone levels, thus striving for a better skin.
How can coconut oil help improve acne?
The benefits externally are well known although not recommended for acne-prone skin, but taken internally, coconut oil works as an antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, thus helping acne prone skin in its fight against infection.