Acne Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients  

Contains antioxidants, amino acids, and herbs that promote overall skin health.1 tbsp 3 times daily, before meals. 1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.

Very Important

   
SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTED DOSAGE COMMENTS
Acidophilus As directed on label. Replenishes essential bacteria to reduce outbreaks.
Acneadvance

(Futurebiotics)

As directed on label.

 

Clinically tested ingredient from milk to reduce redness and heal skin.
Chromium picolinate As directed on label. Aids in reducing infections of the skin.
Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil and primrose oil are good sources) As directed on label.

 

To supply essential gammalinolenic acid. Needed to keep the skin smooth and soft, repair tissues, and dissolve fatty deposits that block pores. Also aids in healing.
Potassium


99 mg daily.. Deficiency has been associated with acne.
Vitamin A

 

with natural carotenoid complex (Betatene)

25,000 IU daily until healed. Then reduce to 5,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily.

 

As directed on label.

To strengthen the protective epithelial (skin) tissue. Use an emulsion form for easier assimilation.

 

Antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A.

Vitamin B complex

 

plus extra vitamin B3

(niacinamide)

 

100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary).

100 mg 3 times daily. Do not exceed this amount.

 

 

Important for healthy skin tone. The antistress vitamin.

 

Improves blood flow to the surface of the skin. Deficiencies have been associated with acne.

Caution: Do not substitute niacin for niacinamide. Do not take additional niacinamide if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure. involvement in endocrine function.

Vitamin C with

Bioflavonoids

1.000-1.600 mg 3 times daily.

 

Promotes immune function and reduces inflammation. Needed for collagen repair of the skin tissue. Use a buffered type.
Vitamin D 400 IU daily. Promotes healing and tissue repair.
Vitamin E

 

400 IU daily.

 

An antioxidant that enhances healing and tissue repair.

Use  d-alpha-tocopherol form.

Zinc

 

30-80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Aids in healing of tissue and helps to prevent scarring.

A necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin.

Important

Garlic (Kyolic)

from Wakunaga)


2 capsules 3 times daily, with meals.

 

Destroys bacteria and enhances immune function.

 

Helpful
Chlorophyll As directed on label. Aids in cleansing the blood, preventing infections. Also supplies needed nutrients.
Clear Skin Image from Coenzyme-A Technologies

 

As directed on label.

 

A nutrient formula that supports healthy skin by correcting imbalances to address deficiencies in fatty acid metabolism and balance production of adrenal and sex hormones.
Herpanacine from Diamond-Herpanacine Associates As directed on label.

 

L-cysteine

 

500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Contains sulfur, needed for healthy skin. (See AMINO ACIDS in Part One.) Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption.
Lecithin granules or capsules

 

Needed for better absorption of the essential fatty acids.

 

Methylsulfonyl- methane (MSM) (MSM Capsules from Aerobic Life Industries) As directed on label.

 

Makes cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells, and wastes and toxins to properly flow out.
Multienzyme complex with Take with meals. hydrochloric acid (HCI) As directed on label.

 

To aid digestion. Caution: Do not use HCI if you have a history of ulcers.
02 Spray from Earth’s Bounty As directed on label. A skin cleanser with antibacterial and antifungal properties that aids in healing blemishes.
Oxy-Caps from Earth’s Bounty As directed on label. Provides essential oxygen that allows cells to function at their optimum.
Proteolytic enzymes

 

As directed on label.

Take with meals or between meal.

Free Radical scavengers. Aid in breaking down undigested food particles in the colon.
Selenium

200 mcg daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Encourages tissue elasticity and is a powerful antioxidant.
Tretinoin (Retin-A)

 

As prescribed by physician.

 

Acts as a gradual chemical peel; speeds up sloughing off of top layers of skin, leaving new, smoother skin. Available by prescription only. Takes around 6 months to show results.

Herbs

❑ Burdock root, dandelion leaves, milk thistle, and red clover are good for acne. Burdock root and red clover are powerful blood cleansers. Milk thistle aids the liver in cleansing the blood. A good place to begin an acne program is herbal cleansing of the blood. Both burdock and dandelion can help cleanse the liver. A liver that is not performing at its best can worsen acne because it cannot break down and clear excess hormones from the body as it should. Burdock and dandelion also contain inulin, which can improve the quality of skin by removing bacteria.

❑ A poultice using dandelion and yellow dock root can be applied directly to the areas of skin with acne.

❑ Chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus) extract can aid in preventing premenstrual breakouts. Take it each morning as directed on the product label.

❑ Lavender, red clover, and strawberry leaves can be used as a steam sauna for the face. Lavender kills germs and stimulates new cell growth. Using a glass or enamel pot, simmer a total of 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts of water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a thick potholder on a table, and sit with your face at a comfortable distance over the steam for fifteen minutes.

You can use a towel to trap the steam if you wish. After fifteen minutes, splash your face with cold water. Allow your skin to air-dry or pat it dry with a towel. If desired, you may follow this treatment with the use of a clay mask: Blend 1 teaspoon of green clay powder (available in health food stores) with 1 teaspoon raw honey, and apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Caution: If acne is extensive or badly inflamed, do not use steam treatments, as this may worsen the condition.

❑ Lavender essential oil is a good antibiotic and antiseptic that can be applied directly to individual blemishes.

❑ Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. Dab full-strength tea tree oil (sparingly) on blemishes three times a day, or add 1 dropper of tea tree oil to ¼ cup warm water and pat it on the affected area with a clean cotton ball (be sure to use 100 percent cotton). Tea tree oil soap also works well. Discontinue it if a rash appears.

❑ Other beneficial herbs include alfalfa, cayenne (capsicum), echinacea, and yellow dock root.

Caution: Do not take echinacea for longer than three months. It should not be used by people who are allergic to ragweed.