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Nutritional tips to fight acne

August 20, 2012 by  
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Most studies show that diet alone is not sufficient to neither cause or cure acne. However, diet contributes significantly to a healthy body and thus to a healthy skin. The organs are healthy when they get the required nutrients.  The skin however, is the largest organ of our body, so linking nutrition and healthy skin is a step that many experts do not hesitate to cross.

Here are some nutritional advices and recommended vitamins to help treat or prevent acne:

  • Retinol and Vitamin A: Retinol is a precursor of the molecule found in vitamin A. Vitamin A and retinol are found in some cosmetic creams but are also found in fish oils, liver and dairy products.  This vitamin also known as beta-carotene is also found in plants.   It is present in yellow-orange colored fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cantaloupe, yams, apricots, and in green vegetables like cabage, spinach, broccoli and parsley.  Vitamin A however, must not be absorbed in larger quantities than recommended, because it can be toxic. It is therefore better to absorb it from fruits and vegetables (which is great for your health), and avoid taking supplements in capsule.
  • Complex of Vitamin B: These vitamins are found in fish, vegetables, milk and eggs, and whole grain cereals.  Vitamins B have many virtues; for example, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6 and B-12 help relieve stress. Vitamin B-3 contained in avocados, eggs, peanuts, lean meat (including liver), help reduce cholesterol. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and improves the metabolism and blood circulation, which helps greatly in the treatment of acne.
  • Vitamin C: one of the forms of this vitamin, the Ester C, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It contributes to protecting the skin by limiting the recurrence of acne. Researchers have also shown its virtues for repairing scar tissue.
  • Vitamin E: it is found in broccoli, almonds, peanuts, wheat germ oil, seeds and sunflower oil as well as some vegetables.  Researchers believe that the tocotrienol in vitamin E (often referred to as Power E or HPE), has antioxidant properties that may be able to help a healthy skin.  According to some Vitamin E would also help repair scar tissue, but it has not yet been proven.
  • Carnitine:  Allegedly this dietary supplement should help healing skin lesions, including those of acne. Carnitine is processed by the body from lysine and methionine. These two elements are amino acids present in foods. Carnitine plays an important role in the transport of fat acids through the body.
  • Zinc: found in nuts, mushrooms, eggs, and whole grains.  Also selenium, which is an oligo-element contained in soil and present in a large variety of vegetables, is known to improve the overall health of the body, and thus the skin.

To summarize, fruits and vegetables contain a variety of nutrients essential to maintain a good health. Many other foods such as dairy products and cereals also provide high contents of all kind of vitamins and nutrients.  A healthy body fights infections and diseases more effectively.  A good diet will probably not suffice to cure acne.  But at the very least it will help to prevent it, limit the damages, and possibly heal it.  Failing to eat well, multivitamin supplements can help you stay healthy.    Put together keeping a good diet and drinking plenty of water provide the recipe good health and beautiful skin. Making healthy choices is not always easy, but it’s always profitable!

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