I’ve been dealing with acne since I was a teenager.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been dealing with acne since I was a teenager. After some diet changes my breakouts are much more manageable. I’m looking for some natural ingredients I can take on a daily basis to keep my skin acne free. What should I try?” – Casey P., Franklin, TN
A. Dear Casey, There are many factors that play a role in the development of acne like toxins, stress, and poor diet. 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