Best and Worst Supplements For Your Skin


All these supplements could be great for your health, but could they be bad for your skin? Yes! So which ones are good and which ones are bad?

The best

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a very effective anti oxidant making it great for anti aging. The main cause of aging comes from oxidative stress from the sun and other pollutants in the air, so anti oxidants are essential internally and topically. A lack of vitamin A in the body can lead to build up of dead skin cells which could clog your pores and lead to acne, making it great for someone who is acne prone also.

Vitamin C 

Another great anti oxidant. Topically and orally vitamin A & C are essential for an anti aging routine. Pumpkins are high in both vitamins, a lot of products and peels contain pumpkin in them for this reason. 

Collagen

Collagen is confusing because it is not proven to bring back lost collagen, however it can still be beneficial. Topical products with collagen in them will provide no extra benefit because the molecule is too big to penetrate into the skin. Taking collagen internally can help keep you looking and feeling youthful. Collagen taken internally may help induce collagen production but there is more research needed to scientifically prove it. However, collagen can help your skin in other ways by keeping it hydrated and helping with elasticity resulting in more youthful skin. It also helps with joint pain and keeping our bones healthy. 

Magnesium

Magnesium is shown to help with stress, hormones, and lack of sleep; all things that can contribute to acne. It is best to take vitamin C and acne together. 

Zinc

Zinc is also a great anti oxidant and important for our overall health. Zinc is great for acne when used topically and orally. Another benefit is it is anti inflammatory making it great for conditions  like rosacea and eczema. 

Omegas

Omegas are essential to our health and almost every one of us do not get enough in our diet. These should be one of the first supplements added into your routine. Omegas and fatty acids are one of the best anti inflammatories. There are a lot of conditions that result from inflammation in the body. ( for skin things like rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, etc. ) Because is is anti inflammatory it can also help reduce the severity of acne. 

The worst 

Vitamin B 

There was a huge hype on vitamin B a few years ago and made its way into most people's routine, but most people aren't actually deficient in vitamin B. Too much vitamin B can lead to a few different problems like skin conditions, digestion issues, and anxiety and depression. Skin conditions linked to too much vitamin B are rashes, dry lips, and ACNE! 

Iodine

Iodine is common in multivitamins. Too much iodine can cause inflammation in the oil glands leading to whiteheads. Taking supplements like vitamin D, zinc, or omegas can help keep the skin balanced and reduce the side effects of iodine. 

Biotin

Another popular supplement in most women's routines because of the benefit for hair and nail growth, but it can be bad for your skin. Biotin reduces your body's ability to absorb B5 which helps regulate your skin barrier and oil production. 

Whey Protein

Whey protein contains dairy which is a very common acne trigger. It is best to opt for a dairy free protein.

 

It is best to talk to your doctor and get some blood tests done to determine what vitamins you need in your body before adding supplements into your daily routine.