I've dealt with problematic skin for years. I had really bad acne growing up, and although it's gotten better, it's still here. I also have pretty sensitive skin, which makes everything worse.
I've been told about supplements for skin before, but never really thought they could help. I was taking supplements for my health and athletic performance, but probiotics and digestive enzymes just seemed to be a maze of confusion.
I thought if I ate right and had a good skincare routine I'd be fine. But when I started taking these supplements for the health benefits, I noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin. There were less blemishes, less redness, less inflammation, and my skin looked a lot brighter and clearer.
In case any of you are dealing with acne, I wanted to share my thoughts on three different natural supplements that can help you.
Acne is caused by a lot of different things. My acne is caused mostly by stress, hormones and gut health. My acne gets worse around that time of the month, or if I'm experiencing a lots of stress. It definitely gets worse when I eat foods that are hard on your stomach. My acne is also primarily around my chin, which has been proven to be an area affected by your hormones and gut health (Gloss 1).
According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, probiotics are microbes that help us digest food and maintain health. After dealing with a lot of food sensitivities, I started taking probiotics. These work wonderfully, and I'm still taking them a year later.
Not only did these help with stomach problems, but after a few weeks I noticed a dramatic improvement in my acne. The probiotics make digestion a lot easier for my body, so my gut health improved. As that improved, so did my skin.
If this sounds like your situation, and you're interested in learning more, I highly recommend this article here.
Digestive Enzymes //
When I started taking probiotics, I also started taking digestive enzymes. Like the name says, these help your body digest food.
Just like as the probiotics helped with my digestion, so did these. As my gut health improved, so did my skin. But unlike probiotics, which can be expensive, these are really inexpensive. So if you're on a budget, start with these.
Fish Oil //
I kept this one last, because I know a lot of readers may be vegan or vegetarian. But if you are okay with consuming fish oil, read on!
Fish oil for acne is quite controversial. A lot of people say there are no benefits, while others say there are. Personally, I can tell when I have been taking fish oil because my skin is a lot brighter and clearer. When I run out for a few days, my skin becomes more red, inflamed, and I get a few more spots.
Recently, there was a study conducted to determine if fish oil has any benefits for acne. With thirteen participants, eight people experienced an improvement, four people experienced worse acne, and one person had no change. Additionally, the people that had an improvement were originally classified as having severe acne, while the four people who experienced worse acne were classified as having mild acne.
While it does vary, if you have severe acne, fish oil is worth a shot. It's definitely helped me, and I have no plans to give it up anytime soon.
What supplements do you take for your health?
Until next time,
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