10 Vitamins & Supplements that Battle Acne from the Inside Out

Acne is frustrating to treat because it has so many potential causes.

Topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can fix the visible symptoms. But they don’t heal the underlying cause of the problem.

Check out these 10 vitamins and supplements that battle acne from the inside out. Deficiencies in these vitamins and minerals can lead to unbalanced hormones and other internal issues that show up on your face. Supplement a balanced diet to get healthy skin that matches your healthy body.

I am not a doctor and this information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Studies have shown acne-prone people to have low zinc levels.

Supplementing with zinc regulates the hormones that are responsible for producing sebum. Sebum clogs pores.

Zinc kills acne-causing bacteria. It is not as effective an antibiotics. However, bacteria won’t develop a resistance to zinc they way it does with antibiotics.

Zinc also reduces the inflammatory response to bacteria so acne will be less red and painful.

Be sure to buy zinc gluconate. Zinc sulphate is not effective for treating acne.

2 | Selenium

Selenium contains antioxidants that protect skin from toxins in the environment Those toxins trigger acne.

Selenium also has anti-inflammatory properties. It brings down redness and pain associated with acne.

Be patient when taking selenium because it takes several weeks to start working. Take selenium along with zinc because it helps transport zinc to the cells.

3 | Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are necessary for health. Unfortunately, the body cannot produce them on its own.

Omega-6 fatty acids support hormone function and balance the hormones. By regulating hormone levels, Evening Primrose Oil cures hormonal acne.

Evening Primrose Oil also prevents wrinkles and reduces eczema and psoriasis.

4 | Vitamin E

Vitamin E oil works both by applying it directly to skin or by taking a supplement. It is rich in antioxidants, which reduce acne and fade acne scars. The oil neutralizes free radicals that damage the skin and cause acne.

Vitamin E is particularly effective for dry skin with acne because it is a thick oil. It keeps the skin moisturized. Apply the oil at night so it can work while your skin repairs itself. Vitamin E oil is not ideal if you already have oily skin.

5 | Magnesium

Magnesium is important for many cellular processes, such as the expression of DNA and the production of collagen. Magnesium helps clear acne because it is involved in these very basic biochemical reactions. Consuming magnesium helps restore hormone balance.

Another benefit of magnesium is stress relief. Stress is known to worsen acne.


6 | Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. They bring down pain and redness associated with acne cysts. Omega-3 fatty acids also help balance hormones to treat pimples along the chin and jaw line.

7 | Vitamin A

Vitamin A is also known as retinol or retinoid, which is often an ingredient topical treatments for acne (ex: Differin). Vitamin A encourages skin turnover. This means that new skin cells quickly replace damaged ones and prevent pores from getting clogged.

Free radicals (environmental toxins, bacteria) stress the oil-producing glands and make it easy for bacteria to collect. Vitamin A fights free radicals and reduces the amount of pore-clogging oil produced.

However, Vitamin A deficiency is rare in the United States. It is easily available in milk, eggs, meats, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Ask a doctor before supplementing orally with vitamin A. It can cause unwanted side effects.

8 | Probiotics

Research has shown a link between probiotic use and a reduction in acne. Probiotics are known as “friendly bacteria” that are important for maintaining digestive health.

Used topically, probiotics can prevent bad bacteria from getting into the skin and provoking an immune response seen as acne.

Taken orally, probiotics keep the gut free of unhealthy bacteria. Those toxic bacteria won’t be able to leak out into the rest of your body causing inflammation and acne.

9 | Vitamin D

Many people are deficient in Vitamin D but don’t know it. This is especially true in the winter and for people who live in the north. Sun exposure and supplements are the two main ways to get Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is essential to the proper functioning of the endocrine system. The endocrine system produces hormones. Supplementing with Vitamin D helps the endocrine system function better…..which balances the hormones…..which reduces acne.

10 | Vitamin C

Taking a Vitamin C supplement helps to calm inflammation and redness.

Vitamin C also breaks down free radicals (such as environmental toxins and bacteria) before they can disturb the skin and cause acne.

Applying Vitamin C topically to the skin speeds up healing. Acne scars and skin discoloration will fade faster.  

Vitamin C probably won’t be sufficient as your only treatment. It can help when included in an acne-fighting regime.