Acne – Food supplements, recommended nutrients

AcneAcne is caused by inflammation and infection of the sebaceous glands of the skin. More than three-quarters of adolescents and young adults have chronic acne. In severe cases, acne can cause scarring of the skin. Acne is common among young adults because sebum production in the sebaceous glands is stimulated by the hormonal changes of puberty and adolescence. Heredity, hormones (particularly androgens), oral contraceptives, contact and food allergies, excessively oily skin, stress, and dietary factors can all play a role in triggering acne.

Diet – Acne

Excess consumption of saturated fats (fatty meat, whole milk, and chocolate) and hydrogenated fats (margarines and processed foods) can aggravate acne by increasing sebum production. Foods high in refined carbohydrates (particularly sucrose) and low in fiber can also stimulate sebum production. Food sensitivities (especially to nuts and colas) can trigger acne in susceptible individuals. Acne can be caused by preparations containing iodine, such as kelp products and certain medicines.

To help reduce the frequency and severity of acne:

Reduce or eliminate:

  • Foods high in saturated fat: fatty meats, whole milk, cheese, butter, chocolate.
  • Foods high in hydrogenated fat: margarine, processed baked products (pastries, cookies)
  • Salty, fatty foods: potato chips, french fries
  • Nuts, particularly salted almonds and peanuts
  • White flour and sugar, cola drinks

Eat more of:

  • Raw vegetables and whole-grain products
  • Fresh fruit and fruit juice
  • Fresh fish and other seafood


Micronutrients – Acne:

  • Vitamin A 2000–10,000 μg Can be effective in reducing severity and inflammation. High doses of vitamin A should only be taken with the
    advice of a physician!
  • Vitamin E plus selenium 200–400 mg vitamin E, 200 μg selenium
    Especially effective in treating pustules (whiteheads)
  • Zinc 50–80 mg Reduces inflammation and severity of acne
  • GLA As 1–2g evening primrose oil Reduces inflammation in the sebaceous glands. Take with 100 mg vitamin E
  • Vitamin B complex Complete formula containing 25–50 mg pantothenic acid11 and 50 mg vitamin B6 May be effective for premenstrual acne flare-ups. Take for 1 week prior to and during menstrual periods


Recommended food supplements – Acne:

MagneZi B6 - magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6Beta Carotene 9000Evening Primorse Oil - healthy skinVitamin E tabletsSupplemental Nutrition, modern zinc formulaChromium tablets - carbohydrate metabolismPro Selenium - Selenium to defend against free radicals