Pimples, blackheads and other blemishes are unpleasant skin conditions that affect the majority of the population at one time or another. As of 2011, most health care providers believe that neither hygiene nor diet cause acne. Rather, hormones and localized bacterial infections can result in the overproduction of sebum, a wax-like substance that is the source of inflammation and acne. Although a healthy diet and mild cleansing regimen are important factors in maintaining an acne-free environment, vitamin supplements and herbal remedies might be an effective way to speed the healing of your current outbreak, as well as prevent future outbreaks. Always talk with your primary health care provider before taking vitamin supplements or herbs for medicinal purposes.
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Supplement your diet with as much as 10,000 international units, or IU, of vitamin A in capsule or tablet form. Avoid taking higher dosages without consulting your health care practitioner. Take your vitamins during your meal or immediately after eating to speed absorption.
Take 150 mcg per day of chromium to help heal breakouts and reduce infection. Select a liquid form of chromium picolinate or chromium polynicotinate to ensure sufficient absorption. Add 50 mg of zinc to help heal scars and reduce inflammation.
Add food-based B vitamins to your daily supplement plan. All B vitamins are essential to maintain healthy skin, and deficiencies in vitamins B3 and B6 can cause acne. Try sublingual vitamin B for rapid absorption.
Crush fresh or dried neem leaves and mix with purified water to form a light paste. Apply to your cheeks, forehead and chin to help improve the appearance of your skin. Neem is a powerful detoxifier and supports the immune system.
Drink milk thistle or dandelion tea to help purify your system and calm inflammation. Add 30 drops of a tincture of either herb or a combination of both, and drink three times each day. Refrigerate leftover tea and apply the chilled liquid to blemishes with a cotton swab.
Purchase burdock root from your local Asian market or health food store. Wash well and eat raw, grate into stir-fries or slaws, or juice with apples and carrots. Herbalists consider burdock to be an excellent blood purifier and an effective treatment for skin blemishes and acne.