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What Causes Acne – Plus 6 Vitamins That Rid Blemishes And Increase Collagen

Are you confused about how to get rid of bad zits and wondering about ultimately, what causes acne?  Are you healthy, yet still acne-prone and with annoying blemishes? Well lady, you’re in luck, because we have the answer to the real truth behind your imperfect, and yearning to be perfect, skin.  The truth is, there are essential vitamins and minerals that you are missing in your diet, leading to the awful acne you see in the mirror! But, you know the basics about what causes acne — don’t eat sugar, gluten, processed foods, fatty foods, dairy, shellfish and chocolate…drink lots of water and wallah! acne is gone.  Unfortunately, yah right!

Are you on a “healthy diet” that is free of junk food and yet still have acne?  Read on to find out which vitamins are needed for healthy skin, to eliminate blemishes, and increase collagen as well as the preferred vegetarian or vegan-approved food sources that will increase your necessary nutrient absorption for fab skin.  There is no one food that causes acne, and no one food that creates great skin, but a vitamin deficiency is what causes acne and can actually contribute to inflammation, hormone imbalances, and inefficient collagen production which results in many problems including bad skin.

Ready to find out what causes acne?  Below are 6 vitamins that are essential for healthy skin and ultimately the elimination of acne.  We’ve included natural food sources so that you can get your vitamins without the use of those annoying supplements.  Good luck on your road to beautiful, acne-free skin!

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What Causes Acne?

~ Plus 6 Vitamins To Eliminate Blemishes And Increase Collagen ~

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C rebuilds the skin cells and is needed for collagen metabolism. Vitamin C increases the elasticity of the skin, helps heal acne marks, makes for a smoother complexion and reduces wrinkles.

Foods w/ More Vitamin C Than Oranges: red bell peppers, broccoli, papaya, strawberries, kiwi, kale, cauliflower

Other Vitamin C sources: oranges, garlic, lemon

Kale, cauliflower and garlic have more vitamin C than oranges!

2. Zinc

Zinc balances hormones in the body and has anti-inflammatory components. This helps to promote healthy skin growth and healing of acne marks or stretch marks. What causes acne? An imbalance in your vitamin levels.

Foods With Zinc: spirulina, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ

Other Zinc sources: quinoa, garbanzo beans, cooked mushrooms, chia seeds, spinach

Add spirulina and chia seeds to your smoothie to increase zinc

3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D reduces toxins in your body, swelling and inflammation from acne, cortisol levels, and stress. The only way to get Vitamin D without supplements is sun exposure. 10-15 minutes of sun exposure for 3-4 days per week is necessary for an adequate level of Vitamin D.  Darker skins need more sun exposure for Vitamin D. In the winter it is difficult to get Vitamin D.  2.5 hours of weak winter sun is the equivalent of 10-15 minutes of sun in the summer. You may have to supplement Vitamin D in the winter.
Natural Vitamin D: 3-4 days of 10-15 minute sun exposure.

Foods with Vitamin D: Mushrooms. Fish is the best source of Vitamin D

Vitamin D

4. Essential Fatty Acids

Healthy fats (non saturated and non trans fats) reduce inflammation in the body and the skin.

Foods with healthy fats: ground flax, hemp, chia. Fish and nuts are also good food sources.

Essential fatty acids include pumpkin seed, flax seed, chia seed, and hemp seed

5. Vitamin A

Beta carotene is needed to produce Vitamin A which aids in skin health. Beta carotene needs fat in order for the body to absorb it. So, combine any of these foods with coconut oil or avocado.

Foods with vitamin A: pile on leafy greens, colorful veggies including carrots, sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers.

Carrots and sweet potatoes increase vitamin A, which in turn eliminates acne

6. Sulfur

A diet without sulfur is what causes acne and therefore it is essential to include this nutrient for healthy cellular growth and anti-aging.  Sulfur also synthesizes glutathione, which is the most important antioxidant in the body.

Foods with Sulfur: Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Kale, garlic, onion, sauerkraut and other fermented foods. Eggs and fish are also good food sources.

Foods with sulfur include Kale, Brussel Sprouts, and Onions

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