Young teen worried

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by Guest Posts on Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:40 pm

Young teen worried

On behalf of Lisa:
Do over-the-counter vitamins or supplements help reduce the appearance of pimples and blackheads. If so, which are the best ones to buy?
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by Dr Anjali Mahto on Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:41 pm

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Dear Lisa,

Many thanks for taking the time to post a question. There is very little robust scientific evidence that supplements or over the counter vitamins will treat blackheads and spots. Small amounts of data suggest that zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, nicotinamide (vitamin B3) and vitamin A supplements could have a beneficial role but the science is weak. I certainly would not recommend these as a first-line option for a growing teenager as supplements do not come without risk.

I would suggest that first skincare needs to be optimised and your teen should look for cleansers and other skincare products which contain the following:
salicyclic acid
glycolic acid
nicotinamide
retinol
tea tree oil

If after a few weeks of use of these ingredients, the spots persist then i would suggest review by your family doctor as he or she may need prescription creams or even tablets.

I hope that helps and best wishes,

Anjali
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