A multivitamin is often used to fill in gaps in your diet, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Vitamins are some of the biggest reasons people have unexplained inflamed acne, because they are often filled with iodides and seaweed like algae, spirulina, chlorella, and kelp that inflames the pores and exacerbates acne. Rather than take one multivitamin, we recommend only taking those individual supplements that your body actually needs.
- Zinc Monomethionine:
The monomethionine form of zinc known as “Opti-Zinc” is the most bioavailable form of zinc that acts as an anti-inflammatory directly on the pores. Opti-Zinc has been shown to reduce the appearance of inflamed acne and cysts almost as well as oral antibiotics (but without the antibiotic resistance). Discontinue Opti-Zinc once clear.
- High-Quality Fish Oil and Cod Liver Oil:
Good fats that also act as an anti-inflammatory in the body. While recommended for all acne sufferers, fish oil is particularly beneficial for women whose breakouts are linked to PMS, while cod liver oil give supplemental benefits like vitamin D. Fish oil and cod liver oil may also help shorten the intensity of your breakouts. Alternate fish oil and cod liver oil every other day.
These supplements are highly recommended for people who have long-term antibiotic use in the past. Probiotics help to re-populate the gut with “friendly” bacteria. The best option is a goat’s milk or sheep’s yogurt, which do not cause acne. Probiotic supplements are good, too.
Check out our approved supplement list for those that won’t break you out.