June 12 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Studies have shown that people with acne are much more likely to be deficient in vitamin D than people without acne. Getting plenty of vitamin D can significantly reduce inflammatory acne and may also prevent enlarged sebaceous glands, which produce much more skin oil than normal glands. Get out and enjoy some sun. But dont forget to protect yourself with our MPF products.
Chlorophyll is an excellent supplement to add to your health regimen as well. A good source of essential vitamins, chlorophyll’s health benefits include improved skin healing. Chlorophyll may be obtained directly from plants or using supplements. We of course recommend "beefing" up on your greens.
As the word gets out, diindolylmethane (DIM) has started picking up steam as a supplement of choice to deal with a variety of issues such as acne, PMS, mood swings, fibroids, menopause symptoms. DIM can be found in Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard greens, Kale, Mustard greens, and Watercress.
How Does Vitamin D3 Help Acne?
Reduces Inflammation - Non-inflammatory acne (think basic whiteheads) is the most common type of acne. So, what separates a simple whitehead from a painful cyst, pustule or papule is inflammation. This inflammation happens in response to acne bacteria inside the pimple. A cell culture study has shown that vitamin D helps protect skin cells from this bacteria-triggered inflammation.
Reduces Skin Oil Production - Research has shown that Vitamin D suppresses cell proliferation in the sebaceous glands (the glands that produce skin oil). These glands have vitamin D receptors, and when vitamin D binds to these receptors, it inhibits cell proliferation.
This is great for acne treatment because it helps prevent the enlargement of sebaceous glands.
Antioxidant Protection - Skin oil oxidation is believed by some skincare experts to be the initial trigger that leads to the formation of all pimples. Oxidation of squalene (a component of skin oil) is to blame. Part of getting acne under control involves reducing oxidative stress in the body. Studies have shown that vitamin D has a powerful antioxidant effect on the body.
Antimicrobial Effects – Research shows that vitamin D stimulates production of special antimicrobial compounds called cathelicidins. These compounds can kill acne bacteria and may be important in preventing acne.
Chlorophyll - What are the Health Benefits for Your Acne?
Topical chlorophyll is shown to have potential as an acne treatment.
One study found that a gel containing chlorophyllin helped reduce facial acne and large, visible pores. The 10 people who completed the study had mild to moderate acne and used the chlorophyllin gel for 3 weeks.
In another study, researchers compared using a combination of topical chlorophyll and phototherapy with phototherapy alone for the treatment of acne. The people who received the combination had fewer acne lesions, less severe acne, and less oily skin than those who did not.
What Exactly is DIM Good For?
DIM helps improve, and even eliminates acne by preventing potentially harmful androgens from getting into their receptors. DIM is a compound found in cruciferous veggies like kale and broccoli, and it does several helpful things for our hormones. DIM is a huge benefit against hormonal acne.