Skin inflammation and acne is a common problem among teens and even some adults. Aside from nutrition and diet factors, other culprits include genetics, hormones, stress, environment, and medications. Our skin is a living organ that needs care and nourishment just like any other organ system. Blemishes and breakouts can be due to many causes and irregularities inside or outside the body, which does require extra care.
Genetics ultimately determines how each individual’s immune system responds to bacteria and gets rid of toxins. Hormonal acne is one of the most popular types of inflammation in women and men and can appear at any time from puberty to adulthood. Androgens (masculinizing hormones) stimulate oil production by causing oil-producing glands to expand. When this happens, there is less removal of dead skin cells and pores become clogged, leading to acne. Hormonal balance affects the actions of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands and many variables can alter hormonal balance such as stress, diet, and body changes.
Along with lifestyle tips such as a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, physical activity and stress management, certain nutritional supplements may help manage and support healthy levels of skin inflammation including:
B complex vitamins: B vitamins are involved in the breakdown and elimination of estrogen and may help support hormonal balance.
Indole-3 carbinol: Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C) is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower which may help in the breakdown/metabolism of estrogen and may support healthy hormonal balance.
Saw Palmetto: Saw palmetto is a small palm tree native to eastern regions of the United States. Its extract is believed to help lower androgen levels, which as mentioned can lead to oil production and acne.
Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and zinc may support the overall health of the skin.
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