Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at
Acne is part of the normal teenage experience. Right? It is has been linked to hormones, oily skin and even chocolate. But did you know that it can actually be related to a deficiency in zinc as well as a low levels of other nutrients? It breaks my heart to see teens suffering with skin issues at one of the most critical times of their lives. Their bodies are changing, hormones raging and everything is beginning to be very different as they move from childhood into adulthood. Fortunately, this issue can be addressed relatively easily.
Zinc - This nutrient is critical in alleviating the inflammation and scarring commonly associated with acne. Zinc can assist with existing acne by reducing the amount of natural oil (sebum) that is produced by the skin. It can also work to kill acne causing bacteria P. It may also heal damaged skin around the acne. Some research is indicating that acne formation can result in part from a lack of zinc. Zinc is also critical in thyroid hormone creation which helps to balance all of the hormones of the body. So a deficiency in zinc can create a cascade of hormone imbalances that can effect your skin.
Some food sources of zinc include seafood, poultry, nuts, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, fortified cereals, and legumes.
It can be difficult to get enough zinc in your diet. My children and I use Pure Encapsulations Zinc Liquid. Many liquid zinc products are almost impossible to ingest due to the repulsive taste. But Pure Encapsulations has done a great job of masking the zinc with a cranberry base.
Vitamin D – Have you noticed that your acne seems to be worse in the winter than it is in the summer? This could be due to the lack of Vitamin D. We receive Vitamin D from the sun during the summer. If you live in the Midwest as I do, the sunny days are hard to find until about April. Vitamin D levels drop significantly during this time. Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for immune health. For acne issues, Vitamin D may impact sebocytes (cells that excrete oil) by producing cathelicidin and defensins. These proteins have antibacterial properties.
Vitamin A – This vitamin is important in the development of the epithelial cells which is one of the four main tissue types in the human body. They line the surfaces of the cells throughout the body. Popular products for acne like Accutane are derived from a form of retinoic acid. Accutane however, has several side effects that naturally derived retinoic acid does not. Retinoic acid works by reducing the size and secretion of the sebaceous glands in the skin. It also works to reduce the amount of bacteria in the glands which reduces inflammation.
There are many foods high in retinoids but sadly, most teens do not consume foods such as beef liver, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and spinach. For a more detailed list please look here.
Here are some products that could help your body to overcome issues of acne. Order from this page for your convenience.
Pure Encapsulations Zinc Liquid 15 ml
Zinc Liquid 15 mg
Hypo-allergenic Dietary Supplement
Serving Size: 4 ml (0.13 fl oz) (two full droppers)
Servings per Container: 30
Amount per Serving:
Zinc (gluconate) 15 mg
Other Ingredients: purified water, apple juice concentrate, cranberry juice concentrate, purified stevia extract potassium sorbate, citric acid.
Recommendations: Adults take 4 ml (2 full droppers), with a meal. Children ages 4 and up take 2 ml (1 full dropper), with a meal.
Warning: If pregnant, consult your physician before taking this or any other product.
This product contains no hidden coatings, excipients, binders, fillers, shellacs, artificial colors or fragrance. Contains no dairy, wheat, yeast, gluten, corn, sugar, starch, soy or hydrogenated oils.
Carlson A & D
Vitamin A & D 100 gels
Serving Size: 1 soft gel
Servings Per Container: 100
Amount Per Soft Gel:
Vitamin A (palmitate) 10,000 IU
Vitamin D3 (from fish liver oil) 400 IU
Other ingredients: Safflower oil, gelatin, glycerin, water.
Directions: Adults take one soft gel daily at mealtime. Do not take if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Natural-source. Preservative-free. Milk-free. Natural Color. Yeast-free. Sugar-free. Salt-free. Corn-free. Wheat-free.
(These items cannot be combined with any other item on this site.)