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Which vitamins and minerals are good for acne?

Last reviewed
Fri 8 February 2019 By Aaron Kandola Reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, APRN

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes pimples and other skin lesions. Some vitamins and minerals may help treat and prevent acne.

Acne is a common condition that can affect anyone, but it often occurs during puberty. It develops when glands on the skin produce too much oil and become clogged with bacteria and dead skin cells. These clogged pores can swell, which leads to the formation of pimples.

A wide range of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription treatments can effectively treat acne. However, some vitamins and minerals may also be of benefit to people with acne.

In this article, we discuss which vitamins and minerals may help prevent and treat acne and consider the evidence supporting their use. We also cover some other natural remedies and general prevention tips.


Woman with Acne

People with acne may find vitamins & minerals helpful

Zinc is an essential mineral that contributes to a range of cellular functions, including:

  • immune system functioning
  • protein and DNA synthesis
  • wound healing
  • cell division
  • enzyme activity

Zinc may also play a role in the development of acne.

A 2013 study investigated the blood levels of zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin E in people with and without acne. The researchers found that the levels of all of these vitamins and minerals were significantly lower in the people with acne. They concluded that a diet rich in these nutrients could help prevent or treat acne.

A systematic review from 2013 also suggests that oral and topical forms of zinc may help treat acne. The authors found evidence indicating that zinc has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial in reducing acne. Zinc may also decrease oil production on the skin.

It is easy to include zinc as a part of a varied diet. Foods that are good sources of zinc include:

  • seafood, such as oysters, crab, and lobster
  • red meat
  • poultry
  • fortified breakfast cereals
  • beans, nuts, and whole grains
  • dairy products

It is also possible to take zinc as a dietary supplement, either as part of a multivitamin tablet or on its own.

People can purchase a range of zinc supplements online.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is the name of a group of chemicals called retinoids. This vitamin plays a role in many bodily functions, including:

  • immune system functioning
  • vision
  • reproduction
  • communication between cells
  • proper functioning of the heart, lungs, and kidneys

Vitamin A may also help counter the actions of Propionibacterium acnes, a type of bacteria that plays a significant role in the development of acne.

A study from 2014 found that vitamin A appears to disrupt some of the effects that P. acnes bacteria have on skin cells. However, researchers need to carry out further studies to develop a better understanding of these effects and determine how to use vitamin A to treat acne.

Many different foods contain vitamin A, including:

  • beef liver
  • certain types of fish, such as herring, salmon, and tuna
  • green vegetables, including spinach and broccoli
  • orange and yellow vegetables, such as sweet potato, carrot, and squash
  • fruits, such as cantaloupe, apricot, and mango
  • dairy products
  • fortified breakfast cereals

Vitamin A is also available as a dietary supplement from most health food stores and pharmacies. Vitamin A supplements are also available to purchase online.

Vitamin D

Cereal and Milk contain Vitamin D

Both breakfast cereals and milk contain vitamin D.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is essential to bone health. It also plays an important role in the communication between nerve cells and the body’s ability to fight off germs.

A 2016 study found that people with acne have lower levels of vitamin D than those without the skin condition. This deficiency may be a factor in the development of acne.

According to a study from 2014, Vitamin D also blocks P. acnes from affecting skin cells. These bacteria play a significant role in the development of acne.

The results of these studies suggest that vitamin D may be beneficial in treating or preventing acne, but more research is necessary to understand these findings better.

The body produces vitamin D naturally when ultraviolet light from the sun contacts the skin. However, some foods also contain vitamin D, including:

  • fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel
  • beef liver
  • cheese
  • eggs
  • mushrooms
  • fortified foods, such as milk, fruit juices, and breakfast cereals

Most health stores and pharmacies sell vitamin D supplements. These supplements are also available to purchase online.

How USANA Products may help individuals with Acne

USANA CellSentialsVita Antioxidant contains high-potency vitamin A from a blend of retinyl acetate (for those who don’t convert beta-carotene to vitamin A efficiently), mixed carotenoids, and betacarotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body only as needed. Beta-carotene supports cellular integrity and is important for strong heart, immune, and lung health. Along with the additional carotenoids in the formula—natural mixed carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin— beta-carotene also helps preserve skin and eye health by providing oxidative defense against damaging UV rays.

Vita Antioxidant contains high-potency vitamin D. Vitamin D supports calcium absorption, helping to support healthy bone density. It also supports healthy cell growth as well as muscle, cardiovascular, and immune function.

Core Minerals is high in zinc. A component of hundreds of enzymes, zinc is involved in normal carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, as well as supporting healthy DNA and RNA replication. It is important for supporting our body’s natural healing process for minor cuts. It aids healthy bone structure development and promotes healthy immune function and healthy vision. It supports connective tissue formation and helps to maintain healthy skin. Zinc also acts as an antioxidant.
MagneCal D – Offers a balanced ratio of calcium to magnesium plus advanced amounts of vitamin D. It is carefully formulated for excellent absorption to give you the best support for healthy bones.
Proflavanol C100 – Acne’s relationship with vitamin E isn’t as well studied as with vitamin A or zinc. However, in a recent studyTrusted Source, people with acne were shown to have vitamin E, A, and zinc deficiencies. So it wouldn’t hurt to make sure you get your daily recommended intake of the 15 mg of vitamin E.

Proflavanol C100 provides a powerful combination of grape seed bioflavonoids and USANA’s proprietary Poly® C vitamin C blend for excellent antioxidant defense and support for healthy circulation, normal immune function, healthy skin, and more.

Proanthocyanidins, a subclass of bioflavonoids found in blue and purple berries and also concentrated in grape seeds, have been found to be 50 times more potent than vitamin E when it comes to neutralizing free radicals—the antioxidant activity that can help protect cells against damaging oxidative stress. And vitamin C has long been considered the “master antioxidant,” as it not only actively neutralizes free radicals but helps to regenerate other antioxidants as well.

Working together in Proflavanol C100, vitamin C and grape seed bioflavonoids provide powerful antioxidant protection to help you maintain good health.
Hepasil DTX – Since your liver is responsible for cleaning the blood and regulating your hormones, a liver in an inadequate state may lead to chronic acne no matter how careful you are with your facial cleansing.

Your liver performs a number of functions vital to maintaining good health, including filtering virtually everything that goes into your blood stream. Almost every nutrient you put into your mouth—from food, drinks, medications, and supplements—goes through your liver, where it is broken down into a form that can be used by your body or be filtered out and eliminated.

Enhanced with USANA InCelligence Technology™, Hepasil DTX supports healthy liver function in many ways, including supplying the body with nutrients that promote the natural detoxification process as well as endogenous antioxidant activity.

Taking three tablets of Hepasil DTX a day for 28 days can help significantly increase natural glutathione production and overall antioxidant capacity. In fact, the formula is patent pending because of the increase in glutathione, vitamin C antioxidant capacity, and detoxification activity it helps produce within the body.
BiOmega – Nutritional skincare plays a role in the appearance of your skin. You can have a healthy-looking complexion by adding BiOmega to your daily beauty routine.

Deficiency in essential fatty acids can cause skin to become dry and lose its luster. While omega-3s are not the major fatty acids in the skin, dietary supplements can ensure you have the sufficient levels needed to help maintain skin’s barrier function. Of course, you’ll still want to use smart sun protection, too.

Produced from sustainably raised cold-water, deep-sea fish oil, USANA’s BiOmega includes a careful balance of DHA and EPA at a more potent dose than many competitors.BiOmega is purified to be virtually free of contaminants. Also free of trans-fatty acids, each capsule contains 2 mg of mixed natural tocopherols to maintain product quality during storage. BiOmega is also fortified with vitamin D to supply an additional 200 IU per day. And with added lemon flavoring, there is no fishy aftertaste.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any diseases. No individual should, at any time, use the information found here for self-diagnosis, treatment, or justification in accepting or declining any medical therapy for any health problems or diseases. Any application of the advise herein is at the readers own discretion and risk. Therefore, any individual who has scientific health problem or is taking medications must first seed advise from his or her personal physician or healthcare provider before starting a nutritional supplement program.