23 August, 2011
Spirulina for Acne
Acne -- also referred to as zits, pimples and blemishes -- are pus-filled lesions that can cause inflammation, pain and swelling at the site of the infection. There are many treatments for acne including over-the-counter and prescription medications and natural remedies. One natural remedy for the treatment of acne includes spirulina. Spirulina is known as a super food that can help improve the quality of your skin.
MayoClinic.com indicates that acne has a number of causes including clogged pores, clogged hair follicles, excessive skin oil, poor skincare, bacteria on the skin and hormonal changes -- including pregnancy, puberty and menstrual cycles. While most common in teenagers and in women undergoing hormonal changes, acne can affect anyone. Conventional acne treatments include practicing good skincare, over-the-counter spot treatments, over-the-counter cleansers, oral contraceptives, antibiotics, prescription topical creams and laser treatments. Acne lesions should not be picked at in order to prevent scarring and further infection.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and carotendoids -- a type of antioxidant. Spirulina contains vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin B complex, zinc, copper, iron, manganese and gamma linolenic acid -- which is a type of essential fatty acid. This supplements is used to help boost the immune system, as a protein supplement, to treat infections, reduce lesions from oral cancer and to treat liver disease. Spirulina is available in dried and freeze-dried form as well as in pills or powders.
Spirulina and Acne
Spirulina can help your body fight off free radicals and eliminate toxins, including bacteria on the skin, which can lead to the formation of acne. This supplement can also help to increase skin metabolism, which allows for the quicker elimination of dead skin cells and the production of new, healthy skin cells, according to Rickie Banksen, author of "How to Get Rid of Acne -- Natural Acne Remedies." With a faster skin metabolism, your body is also able to heal acne lesions more effectively to prevent scarring. Spirulina can also help to prevent the overgrowth of candida bacteria, which can lead to acne breakouts.
Spirulina is not an FDA-approved method of treating acne. Prior to beginning an alternative medicine treatment method for acne, always talk to your doctor who can determine the appropriate dosage of spirulina for you. A standard dose for adults is between four and six tablets daily at 500 mg each, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A safe and effective dosage of spirulina has not been established for use in children under the age of 18.
- "How to Get Rid of Acne -- Natural Acne Remedies"; Rickie Banksen; July 2010
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Spirulina
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