DISCLAIMER: I am no doctor; I am simply a young man who has dealt with severe acne at different times in his life. I have quite legitimately tried every over-the-counter option, including so many pills, creams, lotions, and probably even a couple potions, only to use them and leave empty-handed. It was so embarrassing, being an adult male in my 20s with severe acne when all of my friends had already walked out of that stage of their life by age 17.
But after years and years of trying 100s of different solutions, creams, and the like, I have finally found my personal “voila” solution. I have found that a whole foods diet is the first best step in getting rid of acne – after that, it comes down to wise, natural supplementation designed to destroy acne and totally revamp your immunity. I have personally used all of the supplements on here successfully, and even continue to use #1 – #4 on a daily basis.
SECOND DISCLAIMER: Always consult a medical professional before starting any supplement routine (okay, okay, it’s true, but I HAVE to say that).
10. Green Tea Extract
So what is acne, exactly? Technically, it is an inflammatory, chronic disease of the pores caused by hormonal imbalance. Yum! Studies and doctors over the past ten years have consistently stated that reduced levels of antioxidants in our bodies contribute to higher levels of inflammation.
Eat foods and take supplements high in antioxidants to reduce the inflammation! Enter green tea: green tea is one of the foods that has the highest amount of antioxidants, as well as other really good plant compounds called polyphenols. The most well-known antioxidant in green tea is EGCG, which stands for a really long set of two words that are literally not able to be pronounced. Besides EGCG, green tea has thousands of other potent, powerful antioxidants. Take this in either supplement form or start brewing some green tea yourself.
For women who suffer with adult hormonal acne, vitex can be a stunning revelation. Vitex is a natural herb used by naturopathic doctors all over the world to assist your body in straightening out all sorts of hormonal imbalances. Just glancing over the Amazon.com reviews for this vitex product, there are women who are absolutely living in complete praise over this incredibly miracle product. I am not sure if vitex is appropriate for men, but it seems to be a great option in helping women create a favorable balance of hormones in their body.
8. Vitamin A
Vitamin A and its derivatives are the magical ingredients used in a number of skincare products, marketed as “retinol” to consumers all around the world. The reason Vitamin A is so good at clearing acne is because it assists your skin in shedding dead skin cells at the appropriate rate, which is good for acne as it is the combination of dead skin cells and oil (caused by the pesky hormones) that causes the process of acne to begin.
If all of the medical mumbo jumbo doesn’t make sense, I can quite plainly tell you that vitamin A just works. My recommendation is either to take a safe vitamin A supplement, or start eating lots of carrots and sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes are so high in vitamin A that they have been known to cure nations of vitamin A deficiency.
According to holistic health researcher Alan Logan and dermatologist Valeri Treloar in their groundbreaking book The Clear Skin Diet, probiotics are an innovative, effective, and even proven method for clearing acne. They cite dermatologists in the 1930s who used probiotics to excellent effect – they simply lost popularity when other treatment modalities became trendy in the 1960s.
Probiotics are, interestingly enough, bacteria that are beneficial to the host. Probiotics are available in a supplement form, and are gaining wide recognition in the medical community for healing the intestinal tract. According to the aforementioned book, maintaining a healthy gut can be a critical aspect of keeping a healthy looking body.
Turmeric is a spice used very frequently in Indian cuisine, known for its earthy, tasty overtones. A staple of “Ayurvedic Medicine,” which is an ancient practice of medicine in India, turmeric has been proven in studies to have extremely high anti-inflammatory properties, which has an obviously highly useful application for acne. The particular antioxidant in turmeric that is well-studied is “curcumin” – using either turmeric or curcumin extract are viable supplements when treating acne.