This is a question we often hear, especially from those troubled with breakouts and acne.   No matter what stage of life this is happening at, it's not pleasant and while a good skincare routine certainly helps, internal supplements can also make a difference.  Here are a few of our top picks and why:

Zinc - some studies have shown it can decrease oil production, and also help fight bacterial infection and inflammation

Vitamin A - a powerful antioxidant that decreases inflammation, helps to heal lesions and scars by increasing cell turnover, and can help to reduce oil production.  It's been known to smooth and even out skin tone

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) - known to aid healing of the skin, stabilising oil production and also stress that can be an acne trigger

Omega 3 - can aid in the reduction of acne lesions, possibly by reducing inflammatory cytokine production, and help as an anti inflammatory

Probiotic - it is well known that our gut health impacts on a myriad of body functions.   A probiotic can reduce the amount of P. acnes on the skin surface, and help to restore balance

Liver support - often hormones are the cause of acne type skin problems, and the liver is working overtime to process them.  Taking a supplement with detoxifying properties like those containing globe artichoke and tumeric can assist.

We recommend talking to your natural health practitioner as to the right dosage for your skin.

There are also a number of foods that have been linked to causing acne, which you might like to consider avoiding:

  • peanuts/peanut butter
  • chocolate
  • dairy
  • processed fats
  • sugar

Partner this with a sulphate free cleanser, vitamin b serum and/or vitamin a serum and a good oil-free sunblock.