Lactoferrin and Acne: Does Lactoferrin Help Acne?

Milk contains lactoferrin - but we don't recommend just going out and chugging milk to get it!

Lactoferrin. Sounds like an engine problem, doesn’t it? “Well, sonny, your problem is you’ve got lactoferrin buildup in your jimbedy-flange.” But it turns out lactoferrin couldn’t be more natural: it’s a protein, your body makes it, and it’s pretty darn important. So important that it’s one of the first things mothers pass to their newborn… Read More

Vitamin B5 for Acne: Does Pantothenic Acid Help Acne?

Does vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) help acne? Do you need supplements, or is food enough?

Is pantothenic acid (a.k.a. vitamin B5) really that good for your skin? Some acne sufferers swear by it. And it’s certainly touted by the cosmetic companies. It’s in everything from moisturizers, shampoos, and sunscreens, to conditioners to hairsprays, and even mascaras and lipsticks. They don’t hide it, either—they practically shout it at you on the… Read More

Magnesium and Acne – Why Your Skin Needs More Magnesium

Magnesium can help many of the underlying causes of acne.

Sad fact: if you’re reading this and you’re human, you’re probably magnesium deficient. (If you’re reading this and not human, you’re probably an alien with nutrient vats with squiggling life forms in them. Erm… you might be fine.) For the rest of us sentient beings the magnesium situation is grim: anywhere from 50% to 80%… Read More

Turmeric for Acne: Does Eating Turmeric Really Help Acne?

Can turmeric help acne? If so, what's the best form to use?

Good grief. Turmeric teas. Turmeric sauces. Turmeric pills. Turmeric pastes. Turmeric masks?? Seems like the Web is chock-a-block with turmeric remedies for just about everything. If you can think of an ailment, the Web says (in its best Greek dad voice): “Put some turmeric on it!” What gives? Well, people have been eating turmeric as… Read More

Probiotics and Acne: Do Probiotics Help Acne?

What's all the craze with probiotics? Do they actually help acne?

It seems crazy, doesn’t it? You’re researching acne and you end up on the question of probiotics. You’re thinking: I started with skin, and I ended up on… intestinal flora?? I mean, sure, we’ve all heard of these little critters. The “good guys” of the gut. Our bacteriological buddies. We want to feed them, help… Read More

Fish Oil vs. Cod Liver Oil for Acne: A New Perspective

Sonia taking fermented cod liver oil for clear skin

What do fish oil and cod liver oil have to do with acne, anyway? In a nutshell, fish oil – or rather, omega-3 fatty acids – appears to help some people clear up their skin faster.  This is because omega-3s reduce inflammation in a few different ways. Sounds good, right? Well, inflammation is a major… Read More

Zinc and Acne: Does Zinc Help With Acne?

Zinc and acne

Let’s get right down to it. While zinc isn’t a magical cure-all for acne, it turns out that many acne sufferers are deficient in zinc. And their acne often improves when they start supplementing it! Zinc is a trace mineral essential to all forms of life because of its fundamental role in gene expression, cell… Read More

Vitamin D for Acne – The #1 Acne Vitamin

Vitamin D and Acne | Get Some Sun

If you’re still struggling with acne, it might be because you’re not getting enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” plays a major role in healing and preventing acne, and chances are that you’re not getting enough of it. In fact,  Vitamin D levels have been steadily declining over a number… Read More