Acne affects more people in the United States than any other skin condition.
Right now 60 million people are struggling with it, and 25% of those people are experiencing such intense acne that it leaves scars.
Anyone living with acne scarring knows how much it can impact your self-esteem, mental health, and your overall sense of well-being.
Americans spend millions of dollars a year trying to cure their acne. There are laser treatments and dermatologists out there who specialize in the treatment of acne scars, but most people can't afford it.
So what can you do about it?
Studies have found that the regular use of certain vitamins can make a big difference in your acne, help minimize your levels of scarring, and may even help to undo scarring you already have.
Keep reading to learn about some of the most effective vitamins for acne scars. Your skin will thank you.
Vitamin A is a family of antioxidants that includes retinol and beta-carotene.
If you've read anything about anti-aging technology, you know that retinol is being used in high-end face creams to treat the signs of aging. Some people swear by it.
If it can be used to disguise the visible symptoms of the aging process, imagine the other benefits it can have to your skin.
Dermatologists have been using vitamin A to treat acne for years. It is found in many topical creams and is even one of the main ingredient in Accutane, a prescription medication that is used in severe cases of acne.
But Accutane may also cause birth defects.
There are a number of ways to safely incorporate vitamin A into your diet. Eat red, yellow and orange vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and tomatoes.
Vitamin A is an immune system booster; it helps produce red blood cells, supports our eyesight abilities, can reduces inflammation, and promotes healthy growth of the body.
So committing yourself to get more of this wonder vitamin will not only help treat your acne scars but will help your body as a whole.
Vitamin B Complex is made up of a group of different B vitamins like niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin. They're all unique compounds, but they're often found in the same foods.
These vitamins help reduce inflammation, but they also create special proteins that travel to the source of a wound to speed up the healing process. So essentially they can help treat your acne scarring as it occurs.
B vitamins are water-soluble, which means they dissolve in water and aren't stored in the body like fat-soluble vitamins. So it's important to be getting a steady supply of them by taking them every day.
Always remember that different vitamins have different ways of interacting with the body, so you want to do your research to make sure you're taking them at the right time and in the most effective dosages.
Another water-soluble vitamin that can be extremely effective in helping to clear up your skin is vitamin C or ascorbic acid.
We all know that vitamin C can help boost our immune system, but what many people don't know is that it also helps to regenerate collagen.
Think of collagen the glue that holds our body together. It is a protein found throughout the body that helps keep our tendons, ligaments, and skin in good working order.
So more collagen in the body equals faster and more thorough healing of acne scars.
Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, but for healing, most doctors recommend taking higher doses than you can get through food alone.
Inflammation is at the root of your breakouts, and reducing inflammation throughout the body will have huge impacts on your skin.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids occur naturally in foods like cold pressed oil, fatty fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds, but many people skimp on these and don't reap the benefits of these powerful nutrients.
Omega-3 fish oil works directly to help lower the production of LTB4 and PGE2, two chemicals that are responsible for breakouts, helping to prevent acne before it even develops.
But omega fatty acids don't just treat inflammation in your skin. They have positive impacts on your entire body and can help treat arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Omega fatty acids are fat-soluble, so make sure that you always take them with food.
Zinc has such incredible impacts on the healing process that many doctors prescribe it to patients after surgery.
Zinc is a mineral that is found in oysters, lean meats, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. It's another natural anti-inflammatory.
In addition to speeding up the healing process, zinc boosts your metabolism, helps brain function, supports healthy reproduction, and improves your overall growth and development.
Anyone who has experienced acne (which is most of us) knows that during times of stress, our breakouts can get even worse. This is because when we're stressed out, our body kicks up the production of sebum, a substance produced in the body to keep our skin and hair hydrated.
But too much sebum can cause acne flare-ups. Taking zinc regularly can help to limit the production of sebum, so even if you've got a lot on your plate, you can still keep your breakouts under control.
If you're not already taking zinc or incorporating it into your diet, what are you waiting for?
You deserve to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, and helping to treat your acne scars can make a huge difference.
But everything in the body is connected, and you also deserve to experience all the other positive impacts that these vitamins can have.
Now that you've learned about helpful vitamins for acne scars, it's time to start making some changes to your dietary and vitamin intake regimen.
Don't hesitate to contact us with questions on how you can get started today.
Have questions? Want to share your experience with a particular vitamin, mineral, or other supplements? Feel free to leave a comment below!
* This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of qualified healthcare professionals. The material provided herein is for educational purposes only. Results may vary by individual. You may not experience the potential benefits described in this blog.