How to Use Supplements to Treat Acne?

Learn how to pick supplements for treating acne from dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD in this Howcast skin care video.

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I use a lot of supplements in my treatments for acne. This is because I believe that you don't just treat acne from the outside, but you actually need to treat it from the inside as well. So, I prescribe supplements that I believe are anti-inflammatory in the body, and thus the skin. The supplements I tend to use the most are the following: I use zinc, 20-30 milligrams a day. I use selenium. Which is a mineral. 100 micrograms a day. I recommend niacinamide, 300-500 milligrams a day. Sometimes the higher dose makes people flush. I also recommend Omega-3 fatty acids. I particularly like the brand Nordic Naturals because it has very good purity and very high amounts of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid. Which is good for the skin. Which is EPA. And lastly, for some people, I recommend vitamin A drops. But, you have to be very careful with vitamin A. No more than 10, 000 units a day. At higher doses it could become toxic.

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  • Dr. Cybele Fishman

    Dr. Fishman is a board-certified dermatologist who received her medical degree from NYU School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Fishman's dermatology training was at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, where she was Chief Resident. In addition, Dr. Fishman completed advanced Fellowship training in Melanoma and Pigmented Lesions at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has also authored peer-reviewed publications on melanoma. She is currently affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Other professional affiliations include Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the Dermatologic Society of New York. Dr. Fishman has been featured in In Style, Real Simple, and SPA magazines.