The best way to clear acne naturally is to care about what you put into your body, rather than what products you put on your face. Sure, skincare products play a really important role in how your skin looks and feels but what goes inside your body is far more important.
We all know the basics for good skin – lots of water, minimise sugar and processed foods but there’s also great value in taking vitamins and minerals or supplements.
Supplements can help fast track your results and give you a clear, glowing complexion, naturally. Stop the low-dose antibiotics and pharmaceutical medication and opt for a natural, daily vitamin routine to take care of all your skin woes.
Read on to learn about my daily vitamin routine.
Zinc essentially reduces the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria. Because acne-prone skin is far more prone to bacterial infection than normal skin, zinc can reduce the inflammatory effect of bacteria that’s responsible for turning spots red.
Zinc is a mineral that helps heal the skin and prevent the scarring that acne can often cause. Sources of zinc are eggs, whole grains, nuts and mushrooms. Between 25 to 30 mg per day is recommended for acne or skin benefits.
Another personal favourite of mine and something that I take everyday. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that helps restore a healthy gut barrier and assist the body to recover after exercise.
You’ll hear of a lot of body builders using this after workouts as a way to help their bodies recover but L-Glutamine is actually a best-kept secret for clearing acne and healing a leaky gut!
L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is fundamental to the health of the digestive and immune systems. Glutamine is great for repairing damage to the gut, assisting the gut lining to repair and regenerate, reversing damage caused by leaky gut, and reducing sugar cravings.
Take 1 tsp in a glass of water twice daily OR you can buy capsules if you prefer.
Probiotics are a very important step to any clear skin journey. Why? Because skin problems are often linked to gut problems. If you have skin issues then you have a much higher chance of having gut issues too.
When you suffer from gut issues, it leads to a bacterial imbalance in the gut which then weakens the protective lining. If this happens, toxins are allowed to remain in the gut or leak into the body causing an overload of toxins in your system. The result, breakouts.
The best thing you can do to help heal your gut and prevent and bacterial imbalances, is take a daily probiotic. Probiotics introduce healthy bacteria to the gut and create a barrier to reduce inflammation which is linked to acne.
Yoghurt with live active cultures, miso soup, coconut kefir, and sauerkraut can all boost your stores of skin-clearing probiotics.
PS. Did you know that in 1961, a case report found that of 300 acne patients given a probiotic, 80% had clinical improvement.
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How long until I see results?
I frequently get asked how long it will take to clear acne and reduce the breakouts. That of course varies from person to person and depends on how committed you are to clearing your skin.
Typically, I find that when you follow my Clear Skin program and commit to the meal plan 100%, you should start to see results within the first 2-3 weeks.