Acne is one of the most troubling dermatological conditions for millions of young adults all over the world.1 Although medical opinion differs as to exactly what causes the eruption of acne on skin, it is believed to be associated with overactive sebaceous glands, imbalance of hormones, bacteria, and hyper proliferation of follicular cells.2
Epidemiological studies conducted in 2007 and 2008 show that healthy skin requires a healthy diet. These studies showed that a diet with a low glycemic load may be able to improve symptoms of acne.3-4 As a result, a variety of skin, hair and nail vitamins and minerals are often used to help fight premature aging, skin dryness and sun damage. The most popular nutrients that may support skin health are key minerals like zinc and copper along with the antioxidant vitamins A, C and especially E!
Just how does Vitamin E help to combat acne?
Vitamin E is a lipophilic vitamin. Like other lipophilic vitamins, such as Vitamins A and D which are soluble in lipids, these nutrients (and their metabolites) may affect skin hydration, metabolism and hyperproliferation. Vitamin E is carried on to the skin by the activity of the sebaceous gland.5-6 It is here that Vitamin E may play a role in helping to prevent lipid peroxidation of sebum. Lipid peroxidation of sebum is believed to aggravate the inflammatory condition of acne. Studies are still ongoing, but so far the evidence suggests that Vitamin E may play a role in reducing inflammation in acute acne conditions.
Although research is still inconclusive, there appears to be a connection between lack of Vitamin E and the onset of acne, A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology in May 2006 showed that low plasma levels of Vitamins E and A may play a role in the cause and development of acne. Results showed that when test participants were administered an oral form of Vitamin E and A, acne conditions were seen to improve.7 Other research suggests that by manipulating nutrition in our diets to include specific vitamins and minerals known to promote skin health, we may be able to alleviate acne to some degree.8
Dietary Supplements for Skin Health
To support skin health, most people recognize the need to maintain a healthy diet which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. However, for many of us this is easier said than done. According to the surveys of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 33 percent of American adults meet their daily requirement of fruits, and 27 percent for vegetables.9 A multi-vitamin supplement containing hair skin and nail vitamins that target skin health can help fill this nutritional gap.
Based on scientific support of vitamins and minerals required for skin health and for fighting acne, Vitacaps Labs has a ready formula that contains a wide array of hair skin and nail nutrients, including Vitamins A, B, C and E, minerals such as zinc and copper, as well as a proprietary blend of herbs. Their GMP-certified facilities ensure you of a high-quality manufacturing process that produces premium supplements. With Vitacap Labs, you also get the unique advantage of mixing and matching an assortment of private label formulas to meet the minimum order quantity of just 96 bottles! For more information, or to place an order, contact one of their knowledgeable service professionals today, or Click Here to request a free quote.
Overview of acne and its treatment. Cutis. 2008;81:3–7.
Acne and sebaceous gland function. Clin Dermatol. 2004;22:360–366.
A low-glycemic-load diet improves symptoms in acne vulgaris patients: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:107–115.
The effect of a low glycemic load diet on acne vulgaris and the fatty acid composition of skin surface triglycerides. J Dermatol Sci. 2008;50:41–52.
Sebaceous gland secretion is a major physiologic route of vitamin E delivery to skin. J Invest Dermatol. 1999;113:1006–1010.
Oral supplementation with all-Rac- and RRR-alpha-tocopherol increases vitamin E levels in human sebum after a latency period of 14–21 days. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004;1031:184–194.
Does the plasma level of vitamins A and E affect acne condition? Clin Exp Dermatol. 2006 May;31(3):430-4.
The relationship of diet and acne: A review, Dermatoendocrinol. 2009 Sep–Oct; 1(5): 262–267.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2010. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, November 2000.
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