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Supplements: Good Choices for Acne-Prone Skin

The following supplements have been found to be useful in aiding your recovery from acne; especially inflamed and cystic acne.

Zinc Monomethionine

This form of zinc is the most bio-available form that acts directly as an anti-inflammatory. Many people with acne have low levels of zinc in their body. Supplementing with zinc has been shown to reduce the severity of cysts and inflamed lesions.  OptiZinc is the brand we recommend.

Important Information about Zinc: These supplements can upset your stomach. To prevent nausea, always take OptiZinc with food. Zinc is an essential trace element for humans and there is evidence that it is similar to antibiotics in improving the condition of inflamed acne. The effective dosage is not clear. However, most studies indicate 50-100mg (The OptiZinc tablet has 30MG). We advise you to not take any more than 100mg because excessive zinc may lead to deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals. One of the reasons that we like OptiZinc is that it contains copper and copper is one of the minerals that can be depleted by taking zinc supplements. We are also recommending that you discontinue taking the zinc once you are completely clear. We are not recommending this as a preventative.

Omega 3 Fish Oils

Fish oil is a great anti-inflammatory and helps to alter sebum production; HOWEVER, only if it’s molecularly distilled or pharmaceutical grade. Unfortunately, many fish oil supplements are oxidized which actually creates more inflammation.

Instructions for taking fish oil capsules for your acne: Research and anecdotal evidence suggests that many of us who suffer from chronic inflammatory acne may benefit from taking relatively higher doses (1000-1700mg) of purified omega- 3 oils present mostly in wild ocean fish such as salmon, mackerel, cod and herring. Omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory and the body utilizes them in many ways. Of particular relevance to acne sufferers, they may help regulate hormones and in addition help to shorten the intensity of your breakout.
*Please note: Although there is no known toxicity associated with using fish oils over long term, you should check with your physician particularly if you have a chronic underlying illness or are pregnant. The fish oil capsules we recommend are OmegaVia and are of therapeutic quality and are enteric coated to help assimilate the omega-3‘s in the most efficient way possible. In addition they are formulated not to have a fishy after taste and are guaranteed burp free. Consider taking 1 capsule/2 capsules with the lightest meal of the day.


These are good bacteria that colonize the digestive tract and the skin. They can help people who have been on long-term antibiotics (both oral and topical). These good bacteria compete with the pathogenic bacteria and can help improve the incidence of breakouts.  A good over-the-counter brand is Align Probiotics.

*The above article is intended for information purposes only and should not be construed as or substituted for medical advice.  Always check with your physician before taking any supplements. 

*information source: Face Reality

Summer is Ending but Your SPF Usage Shouldn’t!

SunBlockFace Summer is winding down and the kiddies are headed back to school.  For some, that means the SPF gets put away on a shelf somewhere until next summer.  DO NOT DO THIS.

We are exposed to ultraviolet light ALL YEAR ROUND.  This means we should be protecting our skin from sun damage 24/7 365 days a year.  Driving in the car, walking into the store and sitting by a window are all sneaky ways that photo damage can occur.

Many people think that if they don't get a burn, they don't get damage.  That's NOT true.  UVB rays cause the burn but only reach the skin's surface.  UVA rays penetrate all the way down into the dermis (deepest layer of skin) and cause hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and the breakdown of collagen and elastin.  This leads to wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin and uneven skin tone.

Did you know that the SPF rating on your bottle, jar or can of sunscreen is ONLY for UVB rays?  The SPF doesn't account for UVA rays.  The FDA is currently working on regulation for a system to rate sunscreen's effectiveness against UVA rays.

Most over-the-counter sunscreens contain chemicals such as oxybenzone and avobenzone.  Chemical sunscreens ABSORB the sun's rays and scatter them within the body.  Also, chemical sunscreens begin to breakdown as soon as they are exposed to light.  They need to be applied 20-30 minutes PRIOR to sun exposure and they need to be reapplied frequently to be effective.  Don't be fooled into thinking that an SPF 50 is BETTER than an SPF 30.  The amount of increased protection between the two is only about 2%-4% , yet it takes tons more chemicals to make an SPF 50.  You don't need all of those additional chemicals getting into your body.  Stick with an SPF 30 and look for one that states "BROAD SPECTRUM PROTECTION".

In my opinion, the best sunscreens are those with physical blockers such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  These prevent the sun's rays from getting into your skin- the rays literally bouce right off.  They can applied as soon as you are exposed to light and they don't have the tendency to breakdown. Plus, zinc and titanium don't cause sensitivies like chemical sunscreens can.  Unlike the formulas of days gone by (think lifeguards with white goo smeared on their faces), today's physical sunscreens are more sheer and made to go on smoothly without leaving all of that ugly residue.

My favorite SPF product is by a company called IMAGE.  Their sunscreens are all physical blockers plus theyUniversal_moisturizer  are chock full of good-for-your-skin ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, skin hydrators and green tea.  Plus, they are all paraben-free.  IMAGE is a professional-only product but you can contact them directly to find out which salons in your area carries the line.

So, there you have it.  Be sun smart ALL YEAR ROUND not just in the summer months.  You'll be glad you listened to me. 😉

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