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What are your favorite natural ingredients to help with acne?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your favorite natural ingredients to help with acne?”– Shannon C., Arvada, CO

A. Dear Shannon, 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 andrographis. Andrographis has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda. Andrographis is extremely beneficial for the liver and can increase our own antioxidant production. Research has also shown that andrographis is effective at fighting many pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi – which can contribute to skin issues and breakouts. I believe that taking andrographis once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content.

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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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