Finding the causes of acneTatiana Ayazo/RD.com
Keep spotting zits? Before you even think about popping them, find out which of these sneaky reasons led to the breakout. Yes, acne occurs when pores clog with oil and dead skin cells, but identifying the underlying source (hormonal imbalance, allergies, weakened immune system, etc.) of your acne is the first step to getting rid of zits for good. A great place to start is getting the right nutrients, which is where vitamins for acne come in handy.
There are many supplements that skin experts suggest to clients based on their particular needs. “Specific amounts of these supportive nutrients vary by person, health status, medications, or other illnesses,” says Julia Scalise, DN, PhD, doctor of naturology and holistic health consultant. “For this reason, it is always best to work with knowledgeable practitioners to discover the underlying causes of acne for you and use supplements that are suited to your needs in the amounts appropriate for you.” Ahead are some of the best-known supplements that could lead to clearer skin. (Here’s what you need to know about supplements before you begin.)
Vitamin ATatiana Ayazo/RD.com
Two of the key roles vitamin A plays in your body are both incredibly beneficial for your largest organ: your skin. Not only does vitamin A protect against the sun’s harmful rays, but it also helps fight infection and inflammation—and even slows down signs of aging. That’s why retinol, a vitamin A derivative, is a go-to ingredient in prescribed treatments for keeping skin firm, youthful—free of acne. Several studies back up this theory, showing a reduction in acne-related skin conditions when retinol-containing serums and other skin-care products were used. The research shows that it’s best to use vitamin A topically as opposed to in supplement form, especially when acne is concerned, since digesting a dose of more than 10,000 international unites (IUs) can lead to a condition known as hypervitaminosis A. Find out which acne treatments dermatologists use on themselves.