Are Your Supplements Causing Your Skin to Breakout?

Are you doing everything right? following a flawless skincare routine yet still have breakouts? Guess what the cause may be the very thing you are using to make yourself healthier – your supplements.

Yep, the vitamins supposed to improve your health could also lead to breakouts. That was what happened to my client Eno whose supplement regime made her skin look like polka dots.

Here’s a closer look at some common offenders and the science behind their acne-inducing potential:

1. Biotin, hype gone wrong

Biotin supplements have exploded in popularity for promoting long hair and glowing skin. But for some, the “glow” might manifest as unwanted breakouts. Biotin can interfere with how your body absorbs vitamin B5, which is key in regulating oil production and keeping skin barrier function strong.

So make sure you keep the dose of biotin less than 300 mcg. This means making sure your other vitamins dont contain additional dosage.

2. Collagen: Anti-Aging gone wrong

Collagen supplements have become increasingly popular for their anti-ageing benefits. However, some studies suggest they may trigger acne, especially in people with acne-prone skin.

The reason? oral collagen supplements may stimulate insulin growth factor (IGF-1) which can stimulate oil production, and proliferation of skin cells, which can stimulate oil products and clog pores.

3. Whey Protein The Cost of Muscles

Whey protein is a popular supplement among fitness enthusiasts and people watching their weight. While generally safe, whey protein can trigger acne in some individuals, especially those with sensitive skin.

This is because whey protein is derived from milk with hormones that can mimic testosterone and increase oil production triggering breakouts.

4. Omega-6: The Inflammation Fighter To Much Of a Good Thing

Omega-6 fatty acids are essential for overall health, but overconsumption of Omega-6 fatty acids can lead to an imbalance with Omega-3s. This can contribute to inflammation, a key player in acne development.

Most people get enough Omega-6s through their diet, so taking high-dose supplements isn’t necessary and can make acne worse.

It’s important to know that any supplement can potentially trigger acne in some individuals.

Tips for Supplement-Savvy Skin:

  • Talk to your doctor: Discuss whether you need any of these supplements not everyone needs them!
  • Read labels carefully: Be mindful of dosage and double dosing from multiple sources.
  • Consider alternatives: Explore other options like topical treatments or dietary changes, as they are more sustainable long term.
  • Track your breakouts: If you suspect a supplement is causing issues, stop taking it and see if your skin improves.

If you’re struggling with acne, see a dermatologist who can help you develop a personalized treatment plan alternatively you can enroll in the Clear Skin Academy where I break down how to keep your skin clear.


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