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  • Elenor MacGregor

Nutrition Tips Acne-Prone Skin

Updated: May 26

Cup of hot green tea in ornate mug with spoon present sitting next to a box of green tea. The green tea leaves are overflowing onto the table.
Green tea helps with acne!

In the ever-evolving landscape of adolescent healthcare, new insights are constantly emerging, shedding light on the relationship between nutrition and various aspects of teens' well-being. A recent review, published in JAMA Dermatology, delved into the intriguing question: Can nutritional supplements play a role in managing acne in teens?

The comprehensive analysis, encompassing 42 studies, brought forth compelling findings that may reshape the way we approach skincare for our young adults.

Exploring the Research:

🔹 Key Discoveries:

  • The highest quality studies identified potential benefits from vitamin D, green tea extract, and probiotics.

  • Additional studies suggested advantages of incorporating vitamin B5, omega-3 fatty acids, and gamma linoleic acid.

  • Zinc, a widely studied nutrient, displayed benefits in only half the studies. Notably, higher doses showed increased efficacy but were associated with some adverse effects.

🔹 A Broad Perspective:

  • This review offers a unique advantage by providing a comprehensive overview of multiple studies, offering a birds-eye view of the current research landscape.

  • While it primarily focuses on supplements, it underscores the significant impact nutrition can have on promoting healthy skin in teens.

The Power of Nutrition for Skin Health:

Understanding the potential impact of nutrition on skin health is crucial, especially when it comes to common concerns like acne in teens. The reviewed studies collectively suggest that our dietary choices and supplement intake can significantly influence the overall well-being of our young adults.

Take Action for Your Teen's Skin: Book a Discovery Call!

To delve deeper into these findings and explore personalized solutions for your teen's skin health, I invite you to book a discovery call with out integrative pediatrician, Dr. Ellie. Our holistic approach considers not only the latest research on supplements but also embraces a comprehensive understanding of dietary patterns and lifestyle choices.

At Middle Path Integrative Pediatrics, we are committed to providing personalized care that goes beyond traditional medicine. Secure your teen's path to clear, healthy skin by taking the first step today.


Shields A, Ly S, Wafae B, et al. Safety and Effectiveness of Oral Nutraceuticals for Treating Acne: A Systematic Review. JAMA Dermatol. Published online October 25, 2023. [link]


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