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1. Avoid the sun. Overexposure to the sun can worsen acne.

2. Use only hypoallergenic, oil-free cosmetics. Use cosmetics sparingly.

3. Eliminate foods that are high in fat, hormones, and iodine.

4. Oral and topical antibiotics help prevent new blemishes by killing bacteria and breaking down sebum into FFA. Prescription-strength antibiotics must be obtained from a physician. However, lesser strengths are available as over-the-counter preparations from any pharmacy.

5. Chromium can improve glucose tolerance and potentially improve an acne condition. One 200 mcg capsule of chromium taken 2-3 times daily is suggested.

6. Lipoic acid has beneficial healing qualities for acne scars. Take 1-2 100-mg capsules of R-Lipoic Acid w/Biotin. Persons with glucose intolerance should consider taking 2-4 capsules.

7. Take zinc, 50 mg daily, to reduce inflammation and aid in healing damaged skin.

8. Take vitamin B6, 50-100 mg daily, to aid in hormone metabolism.

9. Take vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), 2000-10,000 mg daily, in divided doses with meals.

10. Take MSM, 2000-3000 mg daily, to detoxify skin.

11. Take vitamin E, 400 IU daily, for its antioxidant properties. Make sure you are consuming enough gamma tocopherol when taking alpha tocopherol vitamin E supplements.

12. Take vitamin A, less than 30,000 IU daily, to reduce sebum production. Some doctors believe that no more than 5000 IU of supplemental vitamin A should be taken a day. Pregnant women should only take vitamin A under the supervision of their obstetrician.

13. Take standardized Saw Palmetto, 320mg daily (1 in AM & 1 in PM), to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to DHT which would lead to acne.

14. Take essential fatty acids (EFAs) which are composed of linoleic and linolenic fatty acids to help reduce or eliminate inflammation. Individuals with acne are often deficient in these important nutrients. The omega 6 fatty acids are found in evening primrose oil (take 500 mg three times daily), black currant seed oil, and borage seed oil. A tablespoon of fish oil daily will be helpful. Pure cold-pressed flaxseed oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

(Several topically applied products contain vitamins, herbs, and other natural substances that will nourish the skin while treating an existing condition.)

Your last resort is to consult a medical professional if acne does not respond to self-treatment. Your doctor may consider several drug therapies including Retin-A, Accutane, or Propecia.

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