Your skin tends to reflect the state of the health of your body. If you are unhealthy, skin can look dry and sallow. Having a good diet, and taking vitamins can improve the way skin looks, and help reduce and prevent acne. Drinking water is also very helpful in preventing acne; if you do not drink enough, you can become dehydrated, and toxins are not able to be flushed properly from the body. Dry skin from dehydration can lead to pores becoming clogged with dead skin cells, and toxins can build up in skin; both of these conditions can lead to and worsen acne.
In addition to staying hydrated, there are many vitamins that are important to skin health. Vitamin A is one of the most well-known skin improving vitamins. Retinol, and retinoids, are a form of vitamin A and one of the most commonly used ingredients in skin care. Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, is a vitamin A derivative, and one of the strongest and most successful acne medication that can be prescribed. These chemicals can increase the rate of skin cell turnover, helping clear up pores; they also can help limit oil production which helps to reduce the severity and frequency of breakouts. Vitamin A can be found naturally in carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, pumpkins, eggs, mangos, peas, and broccoli; additionally, retinol can be found in many lotions and serums as a topical treatment.
Vitamins C and E
Both vitamin C and vitamin E are important in helping limit the amount of damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the destruction of elastin and collagen. These are the support structures of skin, and lack of collagen is part of what leads to acne scarring. Vitamin E specifically has also been shown to reduce damage done to skin by the sun, and improve the texture of skin. Vitamin C is in a slew of foods, most fruits, and especially citrus, contain large volumes of the vitamin; drink and pill supplements are available almost everywhere. Sunflower oil, green leafy vegetables, mangoes, broccoli, avocados and kiwi are all rich in vitamin E.
B vitamin are also critical to clear skin. Specifically, vitamin B3, also known more commonly as Niacin, has many anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce the appearance of acne. B3 also helps increase and maintain skin’s moisture; this keeps skin from drying out and clogging pores with dead skin. Additionally, this vitamin speeds up the separation of skin cells, which helps keep pores clear and clog free. B5 is another important vitamin in the reduction of acne, it is a major part of the production of Coenzyme A, which is a chemical that helps metabolize oil in the skin. If enough Coenzyme A is not produced, it can lead to a build up of oil in the skin, which leads to acne. B vitamins are commonly found in meat, but there are vegan forms available as supplements.
While topical application of acne treatments is still critical to combating breakouts, you can do a lot to assist the process by staying hydrated, and ensuring you have enough vitamins to help combat and prevent the causes of acne.