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Top Vitamins & Minerals For Clear Skin

I am not a skincare expert but I have educated myself on what my skin needs to glow, remain healthy and age well and want to share with you the vitamins and minerals I have been using daily and believe in.

Skin is the largest organ on the human body. Skin regulates the body temperature and eliminates sweat and oils. Our skin will change with age and time. Sickness, your environment and hormones can also affect the look and feel of your skin. Vitamins and minerals can help rebalance hormone levels, fight acne, and clear skin.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an antioxidant, prevents cell damage and aging of the skin. Vitamin A also decreases inflammation, promotes new skin cell growth, and protects against damages from your environment such as pollution, sun...

I apply vitamin A serum every morning and take Vitamin A capsule at night.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D boosts the immune system. I take vitamin D capsule in combination with Vitamin A at night.


Zinc decreases the production of oil in the skin which reduces the chance of bacterial growth and clogged pores. I recently incorporated Zinc daily and have noticed a difference rapidly in the appearance of my pores.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It has a very fast absorption into the skin. The faster products are absorbed, the quicker acne can heal. Vitamin E helps the skin lock in moisture and promotes the production of collagen.

I apply Vitamin E serum every night.

How do hormones affect the skin?

Each hormone in the human body has a specific function. Hormones impact muscle mass, bone density, sebum production and growth of body hair. Cortisol can affect weight gain. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, muscle control, mood and brain function. When hormone levels are not in balance, the skin is often the first part of the body to show signs that something is off.

Hormones in men and women

Hormones will affect men and women differently. Many of the changes in skin are directly tied to the production of sebum, the skin’s natural oil. The sebaceous glands changes in sex hormone levels, specifically testosterone. Increased testosterone often leads to the overproduction of sebum. During puberty, testosterone levels rise in both females and males. As men get older, testosterone levels even out. For women, testosterone levels increase right before the menstrual cycle. Changes in testosterone levels and increased production of sebum are the leading causes of acne.

Treatment options

Hormones directly impact the appearance and feel of skin. Each hormone will have a different impact on the body. Testosterone has the most significant effect on acne. Men are more prone to have acne surrounding puberty. Women are more prone to acne right before monthly menstrual cycles. Increasing consumption of vitamin A, D, zinc, and vitamin E can help fight acne and lead to clearer skin.

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