I have tried so many acne washes and creams that just don’t work.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have tried so many acne washes and creams that just don’t work. I have wasted hundreds and hundreds of dollars. I’ve had acne since I was a teenager and just want it to finally go away. I’m sure my diet plays a role, so I’m open to diet or supplement suggestions.” — Mac B., Woodbury, MN
A. Dear Mac, There are many factors that play a role in the development of acne like toxins, stress, and poor diet. I think the first step is to examine your diet and eliminate all refined carbohydrates, grains, sugars, and soft drinks. Even though we often think of treating skin issues externally, healthy skin is actually more about what’s going on inside of the body than outside it.
When it comes to preventing or treating acne, I believe a nutritional approach including vitamins, minerals, and herbs can provide some excellent results. I recommend a combination of vitamins (A, B6, pantothenic acid, and C) and minerals (chromium, potassium, and zinc), along with sulfur, burdock, and boswellia. These ingredients are crucial for balancing oil production, restoring healthy bacterial balance, and improving overall skin integrity.
I would take these ingredients twice daily.
Because skin issues can take time to heal, I suggest trying these ingredients for at least 60 days. Some people may respond right away, in as little as 1 to 2 weeks, while others may need more time to help correct the issues that led to the acne.
For additional support, you might want to consider adding propolis. Propolis is a natural substance that is powerful against yeast, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and more. Make sure to choose a propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria and virus fighting compounds. Look for a clinically studied propolis that is purified and contains no beeswax. I would take propolis twice per day.
Lastly, you could also include a clinically studied sea buckthorn extract and a high-quality probiotic. Sea buckthorn supplies a wide range of valuable omega fatty acids, including the rare omega-7 fatty acid. Probiotics help improve gut bacterial balance, which is great for our overall health.
Terry . . . Naturally