When we’re looking for a way to treat acne, we typically think of topical solutions like face wash, serums, or creams. But acne isn’t just a result of things on the surface of your skin.
Skin conditions like acne can be our body’s way of telling us that we have a nutritional deficiency or imbalance. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to treat acne from the inside out.
Here are six natural solutions for treating acne from within:
6 Natural (and Non-Topical) Ways to Treat Acne
1. Clean Fuel
Acne can worsen with foods like simple carbs (pasta, white bread, white rice), sugar, fried or greasy food, and dairy products.
In addition to limiting these processed foods when treating acne, incorporating nutrient-dense and non-processed foods can give your body clean fuel to fight acne from within. Skin-friendly foods that are rich in nutrients include leafy green vegetables, legumes, fruits, seeds, nuts, and fish.
2. Immune Support
A strong immune system can effectively fight off diseases and bacteria. Zinc is an essential mineral that helps fight bacteria that can result in acne.
Because our body doesn’t store zinc, we need to regularly incorporate it into our diet through foods like nuts, seeds, meat, shellfish, and legumes.
To ensure you’re meeting the recommended daily intake, you can also incorporate zinc and other immune-supporting ingredients through a supplement like our Immunity Blend .
Antioxidant vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C fight inflammation and free radicals in the body – supporting our overall health and our skin health.
One study showed a strong correlation between low levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc and higher frequencies, or more severe acne. These vitamins, as well as additional antioxidants can be found in many fruits like berries, as well as green leafy vegetables.
4. Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory millennia and has been backed by modern science to do the same.
In a 2016 review of 18 different clinical studies that examined the effect of turmeric (and its active compound curcumin) in skin health, the majority found a significant improvement of skin conditions, including acne with the use of turmeric.
Acne is considered to be an inflammatory skin disease, so it is no surprise the turmeric can help reduce the root inflammation that causes acne.
A great way to get turmeric into your diet is by using it in your daily cooking! But if you don't like the taste, you can always incorporate a natural turmeric supplement like Alaya Natural's.
A balanced immune system is essential when trying to maintain healthy skin. Probiotics do more than just support gut health, but they have also been shown to aid in skin conditions like acne which can be an outward expression of our internal functions.
Yogurts, pickled foods, sauerkraut, and kombucha are some foods to incorporate probiotics into our diet; or you can fuel your own natural probiotics with a prebiotic combination like Alaya’s Advanced Synbiotic.
6. Lowering Stress
When our body is stressed, our adrenal response consumes valuable vitamins and minerals more rapidly – preventing them from being used for other immune functions that can support skin health.
To combat stress and support a balanced absorption of the vitamins and minerals you’re ingesting, you can incorporate stress-relieving activities such as exercise or yoga, or use meditation and breathing exercises in moments of stress or anxiety to get your body back to a balanced baseline.
Healing Acne From the Inside Out
A supplemented and nutrient-rich diet can support our immune system and inflammatory responses, but it also requires a balanced mindset to feel the greatest health benefits and see the results in places like our skin.
Take the time to listen to your body and what it needs, and support it by finding your own inner balance for optimal health.
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