As a teenager, I was one of those terribly lucky girls who had porcelain perfect skin. I got maybe two zits a year and they seemed to come and go with the new fashion statement I was making. I also was a lifeguard, which meant hours upon hours in the sun with minimal amounts of clothing on. While I did wear sunblock, I usually only applied it once in the morning. I was always so ridiculously tan by the end of the summer. Gross.
All of the skin issues I was spared from in high school seemed to take their vengeance on me as an adult: sun spots, acne, sun damage, photo-aging, melasma, THE WORKS. And while I was lured into the creams and potions way of dealing with these new fun issues, I found myself turning to root causes of many of these problems when the topical treatments fell short.
Enter vitamins. While antibiotics are the go-to treatment for dermatologists, I have real issues constantly consuming antibiotics to deal with non-life threatening issues, i.e. my skin. I have been using a more holistic approach to dealing with the horrible way I treated my skin ten years ago. Here's a list of supplements that have worked well for me:
- L-Lysine - helps with healing and inflammation of the skin
- CoQ10 - functions as an antioxidant
- Zinc - aids in healing and immunity
- Probiotics - maintains your body's "good" bacteria and helps prevent skin infections
- Flax Seed Oil - great for overall skin health
Learning to care for my skin from the inside out was a true paradigm shift for me. In a culture where miracle creams are being pushed to 9-year olds, it was liberating to realize my skin is a part of a bigger system that I should be taking good care of also: my body.