Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder which most commonly affects teenage boys and girls, when androgens (male sex hormones) increase in both sexes and cause overproduction of keratin and sebum, which leads to clogged pores and infection. In Acne after the teenage years, hormones can still cause acne, and in women this is especially so pre-menstrually.
In acne, Vitamin A deficiency causes over-keratinisation of the skin cells and a diet high in fried foods and saturated fat can cause the pores to become blocked. Vitamin A, zinc and vitamin C are needed to fight infection, and vitamin E is needed to heal the wounds and prevent scarring. Vitamin B3 (niacin) is helpful in that it causes the skin to flush which brings clean blood to the area with its nutrients, and expels toxins through the skin.
Essential Fatty Acids are needed to keep the skin soft, dissolve fatty deposits that block pores, and repair damaged skin. Blue-green algae provides chlorophyll which aids in cleansing the blood and delivers oxygen, in the presence of which certain bacteria can’t survive. Other important nutrients include vitamin B Complex, chromium, acidophilus, selenium.