I'm sure if you struggle with acne, you've seen an overwhelming amount of treatments on the market. Every cream and gel you can think of is probably out there to help. What if you've tried lots of different face washes and creams but still are struggling? Have you ever tried focusing on 'inner beauty' instead? Maybe even looking into your lifestyle to see if that has an impact?
Acne can be caused by so many things such as hormones, dairy and food intolerances and also lifestyle.
Today, I'm going to talk about my favourite antioxidants that can help treat acne prone skin. Why antioxidants? Well as much as hormones and diet can have a huge impact on our skin (especially acne), when we are exposed to a lot of free radicals, these can impact our skin health too.
Think the sun's UV rays, smoking, processed foods and also polluted areas such as city centres can also impact your skin. Below are my favourite antioxidants which can help fight free radicals and even may help to clear your skin up too...
(sources of Vitamin A include leafy greens such as kale, spinach, greens etc, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes etc)
Vitamin A is a bit of a trend ingredient at the moment. Topically, when used correctly you can see some great results with it, however, more often than not I see a lot of irritation. Unfortunately, this irritation can then lead to post inflammatory pigmentation which can then lead to scarring - especially from spots. How can we beat this? By taking vitamin A internally via skin supplements.
Vitamin A supplements are a much gentler form of retinol and therefore do not cause the same kind of irritation to the skin (including retinoid reactions) but still give a great result. Below is my favourite form of Vitamin A via Skinade's Derma Defence.
(sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers etc)
We need vitamin C to help with the production of collagen in our body. Collagen helps the skin repair which is super important if you are suffering from acne.
Vitamin C is also really important if you are subjected to a lot of free radicals in your lifestyle, such as smoking and living/working in polluted areas (such as city centres) as these both cause a lot of free radical exposure.
I love to supplement vitamin C daily to help boost my immunity and increase my antioxidant levels in my body.
I take Vitamin C Plus from Advanced Nutrition Programme as it provides a high quality dose that can be taken daily.
(sources of Vitamin E include almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, collard greens, spinach, avocadoes etc)
If you suffer from any scarring from acne breakouts, vitamin E is very important to increase your red blood cells and promote a youthful complexion.
I love to take the ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost from The Beauty Chef as it contains vitamin E plus a combination of other antioxidants along with some pre and probiotics to promote gut health too.
Finally, if you're looking for a great all round antioxidant supplement, Skin Antioxidant from Advanced Nutrition Programme is a great option that I take daily to increase my antioxidant levels in my body.
If you have any further questions about antioxidants and skin health, why not book a consultation with me and discuss your holistic skin health needs with me here.
Thank you so much for reading,
Lots of love,