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Vitamin B3 is required for the proper function of more than 50 enzymes. Without it, your body would not be able to release energy or make fats from carbohydrates. Vitamin B3 is also used to make sex hormones and other important chemical signal molecules.

Vitamin B3 comes in two principal forms: niacin (nicotinic acid) and niacinamide (nicotinamide). When taken in low doses for nutritional purposes, these two forms of the vitamin are essentially identical. However, each has its own particular effects when taken in high doses. Niacinamide gel has demonstrated potential for the topical treatment of acne. A common form of the gel is sold under the name Nicomide-T.

Taking vitamin B3 orally has not shown as much potential.

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  1. Shalita AR, Smith JG, Parish LC, et al. Topical nicotinamide compared with clindamycin gel in the treatment of inflammatory acne vulgaris. Int J Dermatol. 1995;34:434-437.
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Vitamin B3 is required for the proper function of more than 50 enzymes. Without it, your body would not be able to release energy or make fats from carbohydrates. Vitamin B3 is also used to make sex hormones and other important chemical signal molecules.

Vitamin B3 comes in two principal forms: niacin (nicotinic acid) and niacinamide (nicotinamide). When taken in low doses for nutritional purposes, these two forms of the vitamin are essentially identical. However, each has its own particular effects when taken in high doses. Niacinamide gel has demonstrated potential for the topical treatment of acne. A common form of the gel is sold under the name Nicomide-T.

Taking vitamin B3 orally has not shown as much potential.

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Niacinamide gel might help treat acne by addressing the infection and inflammation associated with the condition.

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[Niacimide is a form of vitamin B-3. One study demonstrated potential for the use of a niacamide gel as al for the Vitamin B3 is required for the proper function of more than 50 enzymes. Without it, your body would not be able to release energy or make fats from carbohydrates. Vitamin B3 is also used to make sex hormones and other important chemical signal molecules.

Vitamin B3 comes in two principal forms: niacin (nicotinic acid) and niacinamide (nicotinamide). When taken in low doses for nutritional purposes, these two forms of the vitamin are essentially identical. However, each has its own particular effects when taken in high doses. Niacinamide gel has demonstrated potential for the topical treatment of acne. A common form of the gel is sold under the name Nicomide-T.

Taking vitamin B3 orally has not shown as much potential.

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In a double-blind trial, 76 individuals with moderately severe acne were treated with either 4% niacinamide gel or 1% clindamycin gel (a standard antibiotic treatment).13 Niacinamide proved to be just as effective as the antibiotic over an 8-week trial period. However, because this study lacked a placebo group, its results are considered to be of limited significance.

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Vitamin B3 is required for the proper function of more than 50 enzymes. Without it, your body would not be able to release energy or make fats from carbohydrates. Vitamin B3 is also used to make sex hormones and other important chemical signal molecules.

Vitamin B3 comes in two principal forms: niacin (nicotinic acid) and niacinamide (nicotinamide). When taken in low doses for nutritional purposes, these two forms of the vitamin are essentially identical. However, each has its own particular effects when taken in high doses. Niacinamide gel has demonstrated potential for the topical treatment of acne. A common form of the gel is sold under the name Nicomide-T.

Taking vitamin B3 orally has not shown as much potential.

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Niacinamide gel might help treat acne by addressing the infection and inflammation associated with the condition.

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An Ayurvedic perspective indicates that acne is an imbalance in the dosha, most likely a Pitta imbalance (although there can be imbalances in Vata and Kapha too). Ayurveda calls acne symptoms “Tarunya Pitika” (the pimples on the face during adolescence) or “Mukhadusika” (one which spoils or disfigures the face).1

Ayurvedic medicine has shown some promise for acne. One study evaluated the potential benefits of Bhavapraksha formulation, an herbal combination containing the following constituents: Aloe barbadensis, Azardirachta indica, Curcuma longa, Hemidesmus indicus, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia arjuna, and Withania somnifera.

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An Ayurvedic perspective indicates that acne is an imbalance in the dosha, most likely a Pitta imbalance (although there can be imbalances in Vata and Kapha too). Ayurveda calls acne symptoms “Tarunya Pitika” (the pimples on the face during adolescence) or “Mukhadusika” (one which spoils or disfigures the face).1

Ayurvedic medicine has shown some promise for acne. One study evaluated the potential benefits of Bhavapraksha formulation, an herbal combination containing the following constituents: Aloe barbadensis, Azardirachta indica, Curcuma longa, Hemidesmus indicus, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia arjuna, and Withania somnifera.

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Lalla, Nandedkar, Paranjape, and Talreja conducted a A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 2001 that 1 explored the internal and external formulations outlined in the Bhavaprakasha and Charak Samhita. 52

Fifty-two subjects were divided into four groups: 1) active oral tablets and active topical gel, 2) active oral tablets and active topical cream, 3) active oral tablet and placebo topical preparation, and 4) placebo tablet and placebo topical preparation. They used a preparation of aloe barbadensis, azardirachta indica, curcyma longa, hemidesmus indicus, terminalia chebula, terminalia arjua, and withania somnifera for the gel and cream topical preparation. They used the same ingredients plus piper longum for the oral tablets. They found that the combined treatments of group 1 and 2 had better results than the oral tablets alone. For example, in group 1, 32% of patients showed “good to excellent” improvements and 63% showed “slight to fair” improvements. In group 2, 58% showed “good to excellent” and 26% showed “slight to fair.” In group 3, the results were 100% “slight to fair” and in Group 4, there were no improvements 1topical and oral use of the herbal preparation (groups 1 and 2) significantly improved acne symptoms. Oral treatment alone was not effective.

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Edited Acne Treatment: Herbs: Overview 8 years ago

Yarnell and Abascal1 wrote about different herbal approaches to acne. Antimicrobial herbs could be used to combat P. acnes and S. epidermidis bacterium. The most commonly used antimicrobial herb is tea tree oil (often diluted in jojoba oil). Basil oil, eucalyptus and Oregon grape are also promising antimicrobials. Since inflammation plays such a large role in acne, Orgeon grape, barberry, goldthread, goldenseal, yellowroot, scute, and magnolia are suggested. For anticomedogenic herbs such as guggul can help keep the follicle and pore open and clean. For hormonal acne, chaste tree and saw palmetto are recommended.

Pitchford also suggested eating chlorophyll-rich foods and ingesting blood-purifying diaphoretic herbs such as sarsaparilla root, sassafras root, burdock seed, and yarrow leaves and flowers.2

Burdock and red clover have also been suggested as effective treatments for acne.

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  1. Yarnell, E., & Abascal, K. (2006). Herbal Medicine for Acne Vulgaris. Alternative & Complementary Therapies, 12(6), 303-309.
  2. Pitchford, P. (2002). Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and modern nutrition. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
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Edited Acne Treatment: Herbs: Overview 8 years ago

Yarnell and Abascal1 wrote about different herbal approaches to acne. Antimicrobial herbs could be used to combat P. acnes and S. epidermidis bacterium. The most commonly used antimicrobial herb is tea tree oil (often diluted in jojoba oil). Basil oil, eucalyptus and Oregon grape are also promising antimicrobials. Since inflammation plays such a large role in acne, Orgeon grape, barberry, goldthread, goldenseal, yellowroot, scute, and magnolia are suggested. For anticomedogenic herbs such as guggul can help keep the follicle and pore open and clean. For hormonal acne, chaste tree and saw palmetto are recommended. (2006, p. 303-8).

Pitchford also suggested eating chlorophyll-rich foods and ingesting blood-purifying diaphoretic herbs such as sarsaparilla root, sassafras root, burdock seed, and yarrow leaves and flowers.2

Burdock and [red clover][4] have also been suggested as effective treatments for acne [4]: red-clover/overview (2002, p. 441).

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Edited Acne Treatment: Diet: Overview 8 years ago

A Nutritional Medicine approach by Elson Haas1 suggests to recommends that you reduce fried foods and hydrogenated fats from the diet, as well as increase water consumption, vitamin A, B vitamins, zinc, essential fatty acids, pantothenic acid, calcium, and sulfur.

Anti-inflammatory diet is helpful for acne. To follow this diet:

  • Increase omega-3 fatty acids, fruit, and vegetable intake.
  • Eliminate or greatly reduce trans-fats and simple carbohydrates, fried foods, and iodized salt
  • Reduce intake of animal products,. If you do consume animal products, especially milk and meats, make sure they are organic and have no exogenous hormones typically given to non-organic animals.
  • Use bitter herbs before meals if you have problems with malabsorption or other digestive issues.

One interesting , though far from definitive, study compared a low glycemic load diet against a high carbohydrate diet, and found that the low glycemic load diet reduced acne symptoms.2

Other nutrients that are recommended for acne treatment include chromium, vitamin E, and selenium.

The main environmental issues to consider are contaminants in the food such as mercury in fish, antibiotics and hormones in meat and milk, and pesticides on produce. Eat organically as much as possible and use high-quality supplements.

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Edited Acne Treatment: Diet: Overview 8 years ago

A Nutritional Medicine approach by Elson Haas1 recommends that you reduce fried foods and hydrogenated fats from the diet, as well as increase water consumption, vitamin A, B vitamins, zinc, essential fatty acids, pantothenic acid, calcium, and sulfur.

Anti-inflammatory diet is helpful for acne which can involve. To follow this diet:

  • Increase omega-3 fatty acids, fruit, and vegetable intake.
  • Eliminate or greatly reduce trans-fats and simple carbohydrates, fried foods, and iodized salt
  • Reduce intake of animal products,. If you do consume animal products, especially milk and meats, make sure they are organic and have no exogenous hormones typically given to non-organic animals.
  • Use bitter herbs before meals if you have problems with malabsorption or other digestive issues.

One interesting study compared a low glycemic load diet against a high carbohydrate diet, and found that the low glycemic load diet reduced acne symptoms.2

Other nutrients that are recommended for acne treatment include chromium, vitamin E, and selenium.

The main environmental issues to consider are contaminants in the food such as mercury in fish, antibiotics and hormones in meat and milk, and pesticides on produce. Eat organically as much as possible and use high-quality supplements.

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Edited Acne Treatment: Diet: Overview 8 years ago

A Nutritional Medicine approach by Elson Haas1 recommends that you reduce fried foods and hydrogenated fats from the diet, as well as increase water consumption, vitamin A and , B vitamins, [zinc][2], essential fatty acids, pantothenic acid, calcium, and sulfur.

Anti-inflammatory diet is helpful for acne. To follow this diet:

  • Increase omega-3 fatty acids, fruit, and vegetable intake.
  • Eliminate or greatly reduce trans-fats and simple carbohydrates, fried foods, and iodized salt
  • Reduce intake of animal products,. If you do consume animal products, especially milk and meats, make sure they are organic and have no exogenous hormones typically given to non-organic animals.
  • Use bitter herbs before meals if you have problems with malabsorption or other digestive issues.

One interesting study compared a low glycemic load diet against a high carbohydrate diet, and found that the low glycemic load diet reduced acne symptoms.2

Other nutrients that are recommended for acne treatment include chromium, vitamin E, and selenium.

The main environmental issues to consider are contaminants in the food such as mercury in fish, antibiotics and hormones in meat and milk, and pesticides on produce. Eat organically as much as possible and use high-quality supplements. 2 ^

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  1. Haas, E. (2006). Staying Healthy with Nutrition. Berkeley: Celestial Arts.
  2. Smith RN, Mann NJ, Braue A, et al. A low-glycemic-load diet improves symptoms in acne vulgaris patients: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:107-15.
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Experiences

Shared experience with Acne and Tea Tree Oil 8 years ago

Dessert Essence has a "blemish touch stick" that includes tea tree oil blended with other ingredients. I've been using it off and on for many years. It works if you are diligent about applying it multiple times a day.

Dessert Essence has a "blemish touch stick" that includes tea tree oil blended with other ingredients. I've been using it off and on for many years. It works if you are diligent about applying it...

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