Why take a vitamin for acne?

Before diving in to what vitamins are best for treating acne, you must first understand what causes acne and what you can do to prevent it. Our skin produces oils naturally to keep skin soft and supple. The oils are called sebum and they are excreted from a number of glands on the skin at the base of hair follicles. At the same time our body is constantly producing sebum, we are allows growing and shedding thousands of new skin cells.

The average live span of a skin cell is about 28 days. Acne is caused when our body either over-produces oil, or has difficulty shedding extra skin cells causing the pores at the base of our hair follicles to become clogged (known as a clogged pore). If the pore becomes completely clogged by oil and skin cells, it is referred to as whitehead, if it is only partially clogged it is referred to as a black head. The reasons why someone would over produce oil, or not shed dead skin cells properly can be a result of anything from hormones, like puberty or menopause, to environmental factors like extreme heat or friction on the body.

Which supplement is best for acne?

Now that we know what causes acne, we can address which vitamins are best at treating it. While there is no cure-all formula, there are a few supplements that will help your condition naturally:

1. Zinc - Zinc Monomethionine has been shown to normalize hormones in the body that are responsible for oil production on the surface of the skin. For people who suffer from oily skin and often "breakout" in those oily patches, zinc would be a great start.

2. Vitamin B5 - There is some controversy over the potential side effects of consuming the high doses needed for B5 to be effective. However, it has been shown to reduce the amount of oil produced on the face considerably. Consult your physician before adding any supplemental program to your routine.

3. Vitamin A - Strengthens the health of skin cells which can compliment other acne treatments that may be harsh on the surface of the skin.

4. Vitamin E - Vitamin E has been shown to enhance and increase the healing capacity in many areas of the body. Specifically vitamin has shown some promise as a supplement to help reduce acne scarring.

5. Vitamin D - Vitamin is an essential nutrient for all cells of the body. Insufficient amounts of vitamin D can lead to skins cells dying prematurely and building up on the skin. Adding the supplement to your diet and you may see results in 1-2 months.

Choosing the right vitamin for your acne can be difficult because each one targets a different cause of the problem. The best way to begin controlling your acne naturally with supplements is to consult your dermatologist and determine your skin type. Then choose the right vitamin that targets the root cause of your breakouts.