How To Get Clear Skin

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There are some people that are born with perfectly clear skin that they will have throughout their lives whilst many others need to work hard at keeping acne, spots and inflammation at bay in order to achieve a clear complexion.

Whether you suffer from acne, acne rosacea, blackheads, white heads, spots or inflamed skin, having clear skin not only gives us confidence in our daily routines as well as belief to approach any situation. There are enough studies on the relationship between acne and low self-esteem. For this article, I am specifically going to look at acne and spots.

The most common misconception attributed to achieving clear skin is that consuming junk food will lead to acne and spots. A diet predominantly relying on fast food is only part of the reason for the appearance of acne and spots. The most common cause of acne and spots is hormonal fluctuations such as those during your teenage years. The fluctuations also occur as women go through the perimenopause and beyond.

The exact cause of acne is still not fully understood, but a sound theory is that there is an increase in the male hormone testosterone, which causes the sebaceous glands to become inflamed leading to excessive sebum production. During our teenage years and in adulthood, the increased levels of testosterone may be either associated with simply the over-production of testosterone or it may be that due to the lower levels of the female sex hormones; testosterone becomes dominant in the bloodstream leading to inflammation. Oestrogen is believed to help prevent acne. If you have a hormonal imbalance and your oestrogen levels are low, incidences of acne increase. This is why most women experience the increase in acne with the arrival of the menstrual cycle and for the same reason why doctors will often prescribe birth control pills to treat acne.

Since a vast majority of skin problems arise from within the body, and not due to contact with an allergen, it is fundamental that you use an appropriate supplement that helps to cleanse and purify the bloodstream of the compounds that lead to inflammation. A supplement that I particularly favour is Clear Skin Complex by Viridian Nutrition.

Clear Skin Complex contains a therapeutic level of Burdock Root extract. Burdock Root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to resolve rashes, red swellings, eczema and inflammation-prone skin. It is theorised that Burdock Root contains compounds that inhibit inflammation through a variety of mechanisms including purifying the bloodstream of compounds that cause inflammation.

Burdock Root also displays anti-microbial activity which is particularly beneficial for people suffering from acne. Most types of acne and spots are associated with the disorder of the pilosebaceous unit which consists of the sebaceous gland, hair follicle and hair itself. What normally occurs is that the hormonal imbalances, such as during teenage years and beyond, cause the production of compounds that inflame the sebaceous glands resulting in excess sebum.

The bacteria that live on the skin’s surface use this sebum as a food source and begin to replicate. Normally this sebum spreads over the skin’s surface giving a healthy and moisturized look but in acneic skin types, the sebum gets trapped plugging the hair follicle resulting in comedones, also known as blackheads and whiteheads. In acne-prone skin, the bacteria that live on the skin’s surface attract white blood cells to the follicle which produce an enzyme that causes an inflammatory response resulting in pustules and nodules characteristic of acneic skin. Stress causes the release of hormones that inflames these sebum producing glands resulting in inflamed and often acneic skin. Burdock Root’s anti-microbial property helps to reduce the numbers of these acne-causing bacteria and therefore reduces the severity of acne symptoms.

Clear Skin Complex also contains Gotu Kola, a herb known to enhance collagen production which strengthens skin as well as enhancing microcirculation within skin, which helps to remove toxins. Additionally, zinc is included in the formulation because of its ability to heal skin quickly and for its effects on achieving hormonal balance.

Clear Skin Complex is suitable for the treatment of all types of inflammatory skin concerns including acne, acne rosacea, spots, blackheads, whiteheads, eczema and numerous other skin concerns. Check with your GP before taking Clear Skin Complex if you are taking medication for blood pressure and diabetes. 

This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

Hair Skin Nails, Shabir Daya | , , , , , , , , ,
  • Roman Schatow

    I would like to ask a question about Viridian Clear Skin Complex. Do I have to store it in my fridge? Many thanks in advance fo your reply / roman

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Roman, although the probiotics are deemed to remain active at room temperature, it might nevertheless be prudent to leave the supplement in the fridge once opened.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Roman Schatow

    many thanks for your quick reply :-)

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome and please keep us posted if you can.

  • Antonia

    I have never taken any vitamins or supplements before but a recent blood test revealed I am deficient in vitamin D and so I came to Victoria health to buy a supplement and now I have spent the last five hours reading up on the possibilities of helping my skin with supplements/vitamins. it reminded me that I have been told many times to take a probiotic and zinc supplement by a lady who gives me facials. I never have but think I probably should. Do you think Clear Skin Complex is a better alternative to just a stand alone probiotic ? I have generally bad skin and am 40. Or do you think I should start with a stronger probiotic first? Or can I take both?
    Thank you so much.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Antonia, it appears that over 50% of the adult population is deficient in vitamin D although scientists estimate this to be even greater. I think your course of action should be to take Clear Skin Complex alongside a good probiotic – the reason is that probiotics provide a multitude of benefits to the body helping to support digestion, providing energising B vitamins, supporting the immune system and detoxifying the gut.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Antonia,
    I would recommend a general probiotic first for the multitude of other benefits and then gauge over a couple of months.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • julia

    hi! does it make a difference to take zinc, burdock and probiotics seperately or all together as one pill in the clear skin complex?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Julia, Clear Skin Complex provides therapeutic strengths of these actives and so there is no need to take them separately.

  • julia

    thanks for the speedy answer!
    would it still be beneficial to take another general probiotic alongside the complex? if so, which one would you recommend?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Julia, you can definitely take an additional probiotic supplement for overall health such as Mega Probiotic ND which provides eight strains that are known to colonise and perform their myriad of roles.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Claire Jeffery

    Hi. A very interesting read. I have red marks on face and neck where i have to tweeze very coarse hair daily. I don’t recover from scaring unfortunately. Would this benefit me? Thank you.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Claire, glad you found the editorial interesting. Clear Skn Complex’s formulation works to reduce inflammation and does encourage the healing of skin quickly. You may wish to consider the use of Azelaic Acid Serum by Garden of Wisdom which is a skin friendly acid that calms inflamed skin rapidly whilst also helping to gently resurface skin. I have attached a link to this topical below.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Azelaic-Acid-10-Serum/12844
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Claire, I think that in this case perhaps introduce Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical. This is a balm that was created for post-procedure compromised skin and works to calm inflammation as well as encouraging the healthy cell turnover quickly. Further information in the link below.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Sheald-Recovery-Balm/10896
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Claire Jeffery

    That’s great. Thank you I will give it a try.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Claire and please keep us posted if you can.
    Shabir

  • Shona Moses

    So would this be ok to give to my 13 year old son? …and how long before he’d see results?

  • Sarah H

    Hi Shabir would Clear skin be suitable for my daughter? She is 10 but already starting to get acne. I think this could be a genetic thing. Any help or recommendations would be really appreciated.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Shona, I see no reason not to and would recommend a dose of one capsule daily – if he cannot swallow then open the capsule and empty the contents into juice. Expect to see benefits within eight weeks.
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sarah, I think a dose of one capsule daily would be a good idea and if she cannot swallow then open the capsule and empty the contents into juice or water. Remember that a good diet in greens and oily fish is invaluable; also consider a reduction in wheat based foods. Topically, I prefer the use of Niacinamide Serum by Garden of Wisdom in the AM and Azelaic acid serum from the same manufacturer in the PM. Niacinamide helps regulate oil production and calms redness whilst azelaic acid gently exfoliates and cleans skin but its real benefits for acne lie in the fact that it displays antibacterial properties which helps reduce acne causing bacteria on skin’s surface.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Sarah H

    Thanks so much Shabir. Really appreciate your help! I will try all that. Her skin can get quite dry any recommendations for moisturizer. I got the derma e one for acne but she finds it is not moisturising enough.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sarah, the niacinamide serum over a period of time improves skin barrier function and will help to enhance ceramide production which are lipids to help moisturise and prevent dehydration. In the interim period, she could try the Cetaphil moisturiser or alternatively add one drop of rosehip seed oil each time she uses the moisturiser.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Selina Black

    Hi Shabir, my friend would like to know if she can take Clear Skin during pregnancy? Thank you!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Selina, Clear Skin Complex would not be suitable for use during pregnancy.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Vicki

    Hi Shabir, do you recommend to keep taking clear skin complex even though the skin condition is stabilised? Is there any side effect for long term usage?

    My stomach feel a little bit uncomfortable after taking 2 capsules at a time (with food), if I separate them to have one at night and one in the morning is that ok? Or I should reduce the dosage to 1 capsule daily?

    Thanks for answering!

    Brgds,
    Vicki

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Vicki, Clear Skin Complex is safe for long term use and indeed many people have to take this supplement for chronic skin conditions on an ongoing basis at a reduced dose of one capsule daily. As a rule, I always ask people to stop taking specific supplements after the condition has cleared up just to see if they still require it. You can definitely reduce to one capsule daily without fear of side effects.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir