The right supplements for acne

Last updated 00:39 23/12/2011
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ANNOYING: It's a common myth that acne is caused by poor hygiene, instead it is an inflammation in skin caused by unbalanced sebum production.

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In times of stress and pollution, breakouts are an increasing problem - not only for teenagers but also for adults.

And more and more women experience hormonal acne, not only that time of month, but all year around.

It's a common myth that acne is caused by poor hygiene, instead it is an inflammation in skin caused by unbalanced sebum production.

BHA (salicylic acid) and PHA (polyhydroxy acids) are common ingredients in acne treatments and recent studies have linked nutrition to the condition, too.

For example, an increased intake of sugar and/or dairy products can cause spikes in inflammatory conditions of skin, but other nutrients play a part in your skin's condition too.

It is believed that zinc can have a beneficial effect on both acne and eczema.

And omega (fatty acids) has been linked to breakouts. Studies suggest that a high intake of Omega 3 (2000 mg per day) can help, however the intake of Omega 6 should be kept low.

Vitamin A is often used in skin creams and is one of the ingredients most scientists agree can treat everything from acne to ageing skin.

Now it is suggested that an oral supplement can help, too, as research shows rosacea patients - another inflammatory condition - are often vitamin A deficient.

And as always when it comes to beauty, sleep, relaxation and a generally healthy lifestyle will help you cope better with any skin condition.

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