Acne is a skin condition often seen at the start of puberty. However, it can last beyond the teen years. Acne products can help:
Encourage skin wellness**
Help to maintain clear skin**
Manage occasional breakouts**
What is Acne?
Acne is typically caused by pores clogged with oil and spent skin cells. This can lead to problems with pimples and skin redness. Acne most commonly affects the face, neck and shoulders, as well as the upper chest and back. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that between 40 and 50 million people nationwide experience acne, and almost 85% of the population has it at some point in their lives, often during teenage years. Despite its association with puberty, adult acne exists as well, and can extend well into middle age.
Numerous conventional and synthetic acne products are available. Natural products designed to help with acne, some of which are botanical, are often gentler on the skin. Some of the most popular skin-supportive products include:
Vitamin A: This vitamin, which supports immune system wellness, also promotes skin health.** Vitamin A is a popular ingredient in skin products to help with normal cell renewal and in keeping pores clear and free of obstruction.**
Zinc: Like vitamin A, zinc is associated with healthy skin and optimal immune function, qualities that also help the mineral to promote a clear, unblemished appearance.** Zinc is perhaps the most popular ingredient used internally and topically to help with pimples.**
Tea Tree Oil: Derived from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), this oil has a history of use in traditional wellness practices and has long been valued for its cleansing qualities.** It is a longstanding staple in natural skincare formulas.**
White Willow Bark: A popular ingredient in natural acne products, white willow bark has been used for centuries across the globe for its natural skin-supportive properties.** The bark's extract contains salicin, a form of salicylic acid, which is a common component in conventional acne products.
Brewer's Yeast: These beneficial microorganisms, which get their name from their role in the beer-making process, are abundant in various nutrients. For some, brewer's yeast may be a helpful natural acne product.**
In addition to dietary supplements, dietary changes may influence skin’s appearance: certain foods, notably sugar and dairy products, may increase the likelihood of acne, while others support skin clarity, including fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.**
Acne supplements and other acne products are available in a wide range of forms, including softgels, capsules and tablets, as well as topical treatments.
Acne Products Directions for Use
Consult with your health professional before taking acne products or starting any regular supplementation. There is no standard suggested dosage since acne products ingredients may vary considerably. Refer to individual acne products for dosage directions.