Sometimes creams and cleansers just won’t do the trick. But a combo of supplements and skincare can lead you on the path to a clear complexion. But is popping a pill really worth the hype?
According to Lianne Leach, educator at Beauty Boosters Australia, the answer is yes.
“Many people have seen a huge improvement in their skin’s health and appearance after taking a supplement. If you’re looking to heal scarring caused by acne, you may find that supplementing with vitamin C and zinc helps to support connective tissue and wound healing while also regenerating healthy new skin cells. If you’ve had recent changes caused by fluctuating hormones you could benefit from essential fatty acids like evening primrose or fish oil.”
Dr. Vivian Tam a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and the founder of Zilch agrees. “They support the body from the inside out. A lot of breakouts and acne problems come from an internal imbalance, whether that be digestion and detoxing, or hormonal imbalances – supplements can be very powerful in addressing these and provide a long term change.”
Whether you’ve got cystic bumps, flare up around your period or just get the occasional spot, we’ve found a supplement for you.
Based on Chinese herbal medicine principles it’s believed imbalances in body temperature and poor blood circulation can cause inflammation and breakouts. According to Dr. Tam they work by reducing the inflammation, including the soreness, redness and swelling associated with larger bumps. So, if you’re suffering from types of adult acne like hormonal or cystic, Chinese herbs can help. “Zilch contains 17 all-natural Chinese herbal ingredients that promote circulation, detox the body, balance heat and inflammation and promote healing.”
Usually found as an ingredient in drying lotions and spot creams, it makes sense sulfur has made its way into supplements and is one of the latest wellness trend ingredients to come out of L.A. Although found in foods like cauliflower and broccoli it’s more powerful in the form of a powder. The mineral helps the body detoxify and flushes out unwanted toxins from the skin’s cells which means they’re healthier, less inflamed and clear, so it’s perfect for mild spots, red pimples and blackheads.
Recent studies have shown that people with acne were more likely to be deficient in Zinc, as it causes skin irritation and imbalances. It’s antioxidant powers work to support your skin’s structure and renewal so it’s essential for a glowing, clear complexion. Upping the amount you consume helps to balance sebum – too much and you get zits, too little and your skin can become dehydrated, heals skin and regulates hormones so you can say goodbye to those pesky bumps.
Popping a vitamin C pill isn’t just for boosting your immune system, it’s great for diminishing redness associated with pimples too. It works to calm the immune system rather than stimulate it, which reduces the inflammation. Aside from redness, this vitamin is great for reducing the appearance of acne scars and repairing skin after a breakout, as it promotes collagen and elastin production.
Evening Primrose Oil
This guy is a triple threat, not only does it help balance the hormones that can cause acne, it also works to reduce inflammation and flare ups, and last but not least, helps your cells refresh so they’re clear of clogged dead skin and bacteria – the stuff that causes pimples. “Evening Primrose Oil is a rich source GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) a type of Omega 6 which is involved in the hormone production that contributes to the skin’s inflammatory processes and can balance the skin’s sebum production,” explains Leach. “Plus, it can also prevent the skin from drying out too much which can be a symptom of some acne medications.”
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