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Dietary Supplements for Acne

Two powerful anti-inflammatory supplements can help ease acne, especially in patients with inflammatory, cystic, or hormonal acne. Zinc can be taken for a period of 2-3 months while you work on the acne topically; once the acne is well controlled, zinc can be discontinued. I recommend zinc monomethionine as a highly bioavailable form of zinc. Fish oils can be taken for the long term and work well in combination with zinc. Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that function as a molecular fire extinguisher in the inflammatory cascade.

We recommend these supplements:

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Zinc Monomethionine

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Source Naturals OptiZinc Zinc Monomethionine
This highly bioavailable form of Zinc exerts its anti-inflammatory effects in acne. Expect results after 8 to 12 weeks of therapy. I recommend a dose for adults of one 30mg pill three times per day. If pregnant, discuss with your obstetrician prior to taking.

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Fish Oils

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Dr. Tobius Optimum Omega3 Fish Oil
This fish oil supplement is high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. With its enteric-coated formulation, there is no fishy aftertaste found with many other brands. Take as directed on the label. Expect results after 8-12 weeks of therapy. Works best for patients with moderate to severe acne.