How to Supplement Your Skin care
Skin is the largest organ on the human body. Skin serves as a protective barrier, regulates body temperature, and allows for the elimination of sweat and oils. A person’s complexion will change with age and time. Sickness and environmental factors can also affect the look and feel of skin. Changes in sex hormones, cortisol, and the thyroid will directly impact skin health, function, and appearance. Vitamins and minerals can help rebalance hormone levels, fight acne, and lead to clearer skin.
Vitamins that can help with acne treatment
- Vitamin A. An antioxidant and fights free radicals, which can cause cell damage and lead to premature aging of the skin. Vitamin A also decreases inflammation, promotes new skin cell growth, and protects against environmental damage. Topical treatments are recommended over oral supplements.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D boosts the immune system and has antimicrobial properties. Similar to vitamin A, vitamin D blocks the negative effects acne bacteria has on the skin. Vitamin D helps more than just bones and is used to treat many skin conditions.
- Vitamin E. Vitamin E is largely used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The fat-soluble properties of vitamin E allow for quick absorption into the skin. The faster products are absorbed, the quicker acne can heal. Vitamin E helps the skin lock in moisture and promotes the production of collagen.
- Zinc. Zinc has been found to decrease the production of oil in the skin. Decreasing the production of oil helps reduce the chance of bacterial growth and blocked pores. The body only needs low amounts, approximately 8-11 milligrams, to meet daily allowances. Zinc can be taken as an oral supplement or topical treatment.
Oral Vs. Topical
Ultimately, the skin is the last organ to receive the benefits from the supplements you take. Your vital organs get first dibs, with that being said, if you are looking for skin benefits applying the ingredients listed approve topically will give you more bang for your buck with faster results. However, it is not to say taking supplements do not show results in other aspects of your body.
Look for ingredients on the bottle. Medical skin care is formulated with your body's chemistry in mind. Many of the ingredients you find in AS products either enhance your skin's metabolic system or adds to it by giving the skin molecules it already produces, but may lack in the moment due to intrinsic and extrinsic means.
Ultimately topical wins, when it comes to skin care.
Consult your Doctor. Before taking any supplements it is good to talk to your family doctor or a dietician before window shopping yourself. To truly understand what your body is missing a blood test is necessary to establish what the body needs. We recommend scheduling an appointment with your doctor.