Acne is quite common among teenagers as most of us have endured. With hormonal fluctuations, your skin can suffer, even for those women going through menopause. Acne affects an estimated 50 million people each year and comes in various different forms, including blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and nodules.
Antioxidants play an essential role in preserving our general health, but also with our skin. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and the largest detox organ. So, keeping it functioning subpar could wreak havoc on its appearance. We can support our skin by increasing antioxidants in food and skincare products alike, which help remove waste in our cells that our bodies don't need. Antioxidants also eliminate free radicals, preventing them from damaging healthy cells in our bodies. Free radicals are everywhere and are hard to avoid, but we can take steps to preserve ourselves against them and limit their production. Too many free radicals can increase oxidative stress to the skin causing a cycle of acne flare ups and escalating premature aging.
Don’t worry though- antioxidants used topically and internally can help minimize break outs and acne by neutralizing free radicals and ultimately repairing the skin. So, yes, it’s smart to start using antioxidants even at a younger age since fighting free radicals also helps slow down the signs of skin aging. Nice right?!
Antioxidants Can Improve Acne
If your skin is deficient in antioxidants, it can be more susceptible to acne. People with acne often have high levels of inflammation in their skin and are deficient in antioxidants to protect their inflammatory cells, leading to an inflammatory response causing rashes, acne and lesions. Inflammation anywhere in the body can ultimately create an imbalance in the skin. These imbalances can be from poor intestinal function and nutrition, food allergies, impaired skin microbiome, oxidative stress from environmental stressors, and even lack of sleep. Without sufficient antioxidants in our bodies, our sebum can more easily be damaged by free radicals. When our sebum is infected, it becomes highly comedogenic, causing clogged pores and an inflammatory response, which causes a cascading effect on the face. This makes way to the P. acne bacteria easily spreading causing additional swelling and breakout. As you can see, it becomes a slippery slope.
If you use a high quality, stable vitamin C serum topically that has an abundance of antioxidants, like our Brightening Anti-Oxidant Serum, your skin will be much better able to handle the ups and downs of everyday life.
Photo is of Olivia O'Brien, using our Over Night Spot Treatment at night. She uses the Brightening Anti-Oxidant Serum every morning to keep her skin clear and bright.