With all the products on the market, how are you suppose to know the best supplements to take to improve the health of your skin? Although I am not an advocate of relying on supplements to get proper nutrition (I always recommend food, first and foremost), they can be extremely helpful in our toxic and stress-filled lives, and especially when needing to target specific issues. I talk to people everyday who waste money on supplements that are either not right for them, are low quality, and not doing much for their health. However, the right supplements can do wonders, and in my experience both personally and working with clients, can be just what someone needs to gain clear skin.
The FDA Does NOT Regulate Supplements
In regard to quality, this is something very important to consider. The supplement industry is unregulated; therefore supplements sold on the open market are held to very few standards in terms of quality and marketing. Supplement manufacturers often get away with including random ingredients in the actual supplement and writing anything on the label (whether it’s actually there or not).
Unfortunately, this creates a negative experience for many. The quality, potency, and/or dosage of a supplement is deeply important for it to be effective. For this reason, I suggest professional supplements that are usually only obtained through a healthcare provider or a professional in the health field. These products are not sold in health food stores or to the general public. Only those who have a healthcare license or certification may have accounts with these companies. That makes these supplements the only products that NEED to be tested for quality assurance and have the GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) stamp of approval. This is your best bet to know what you’re getting when shopping for supplements, but also be rest assured that you’re spending your money wisely, giving you the results you’re after.
Although the best supplements will vary greatly for each individual, especially in regards to skin health, these recommendations will hopefully help you navigate through the chaos and noise of the supplement market. For professional grade supplements, feel free to browse through the Wise Roots store.
Best Supplements for Healthy Skin
These are incredibly helpful to ensure your good bacteria is in balance and working for you. The gut skin connection is very real and can make the difference in the health of your skin. These are some of my favorite probiotics as they are dairy-free and use an advanced patented delivery system to ensure live organisms survive stomach acid to get to the intestinal tract. They are also time released, needing only one dose per day, ensuring delivery throughout the entire intestinal system. The other option is taking a soil based probiotic, also known as spore-forming bacteria. Prescript Assist is a trusted company leading the way in this field. Some characteristics which are unique to SBO probiotics include:
- Being resistant to the harsh upper digestive tract and stomach environment, making their way to the intestines.
- They are extremely stable. No need for refrigeration, special coatings or preservatives to ensure they reach the appropriate areas of the gut.
This is one vitamin that I find nearly everyone to be deficient in. It’s rare that I see a lab come back with normal levels of vitamin D, and since this works synergistically with vitamin A (very important skin vitamin!), significant levels of both are critical to ensure your skin is healthy and happy. In a study done, deficiency was detected in 48.8% of patients with acne, but in only 22.5% of the healthy controls without acne. Subjects were treated with oral cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) at 1000 IU/day for 2 months.
“The level of 25(OH)D was inversely associated with the severity of acne, and there was a significant negative correlation with inflammatory lesions. In a subsequent trial, improvement in inflammatory lesions was noted after supplementation with vitamin D in 39 acne patients with 25(OH)D deficiency.”
The best vitamin D supplement provides a potent dose that is paired with vitamin K (both K1 and K2), as the combination of the two is essential for optimal function. It’s important to note that increasing the doses of vitamin D will increase the need for vitamin K.
HCL is your body’s first line of defense and crucial in maintaining proper digestion. Beyond it being essential in nutrient absorption, stomach acid is needed to protect you from harmful bugs and bacteria that can enter your system. If enough stomach acid is present, you’ll be able to fight these little (or big) bugs off via the presence of HCL, although if you don’t have enough, you could be in trouble. They can easily make their way through your stomach and enter your small and large intestine where they will make a comfy home and begin to create digestive disturbances, eventually leading to more chronic symptoms, many related to the skin. The best supplement is one that has both HCL and pepsin (like this one here) to ensure proper protein digestion. You can read more about HCL’s effect on the skin here.
Milk Thistle is an effective herb for detoxifying the liver by promoting the flow of bile, assisting in fat digestion and the removal of toxins from the body. It’s been studied for it’s ability to improve liver damage and insulin sensitivity. The quality of all herbs is of great importance, especially milk thistle, where the extract of the milk thistle seed, siymarin, is the active ingredient, which many brands may not contain. One of my favorite Milk Thistle supplements contains 80% silymarin, and also includes the addition of lecithin for improved absorption and additional liver support.
Dandelion is another wonderful herb that can also be used to support the health of the liver through promoting the flow of bile, but also in treating microbial and fungal infections, and as a wonderful alternative for treating acne. It’s diuretic, stimulant and antioxidant properties, makes dandelion a must for those suffering with breakouts. Why? With acne, the sebaceous glands on the skin secrete more oil than normal. They are then mixed typically with dead skin cells on the surface, blocking the pores and toxins from exiting, which can also easily lead to infections topically. Dandelion can help regulate proper secretion of hormones and widen pores to allow an easier release of toxins. Topically, the sap of the dandelion works great at treating infections and lowering inflammation (pimples) as well. Due to its vitamin-C content, it can also assist in repairing the damage done from breakouts. I suggest taking it in liquid form, but can also be enjoyed via tea.
DIM, also known as 3,3′-Diindolylmethane, is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. DIM helps to rid excess estrogen from your body. I can’t express how much I love this particular DIM. This made the biggest difference for myself in terms of clearing my skin. It wasn’t until I added this supplement into my regimen that my skin stayed consistently cleared. You can read more about it here.
Metabolic and Blood Sugar Support-
This multivitamin and mineral is the number one supplement I recommend. It was designed by a medical doctor specializing in blood sugar and endocrine health. It’s great for helping to control blood sugar, cravings, and stabilizing energy, all while filling in the nutrient gaps you may be missing from your diet. Another perk from this specific product is that the minerals used are chelated to increase absorption of nutrients. It’s a wonderful product that I use myself.
From my personal and professional experience, these have been the best supplements to help with skin concerns, everything from acne to rosacea, psoriasis and even eczema. Each of these products are addressing root concerns, not just covering up symptoms. From simple deficiencies, to blood sugar and hormone management, to digestion and detoxification support, these are at the root of obtaining and maintaining healthy skin.
Have you had positive results using supplementation to improve the health of your skin? Have you used any of the above, or found others that have worked? Share your experiences below, I would love to hear your story!