Spirulina against Acne

Spirulina against Acne

Spirulina has a strong detoxifying effect on the liver and blood and has been recommended against metal toxicity as well; both can cause acne.

The immune system and inflammatory reactions can also trigger acne outbreaks. Spirulina helps to fight against hormonal imbalances and inflammation and significantly reduces the appearance of pimples, blackheads and hardened pimples (small cysts).

The phycocyanin (a highly anti-inflammatory pigment protein) contained in Spirulina stimulates the immune system and improves the body’s response to skin inflammation.

The Beta-carotene, vitamin, selenium and zinc contained in the seaweed have an antimicrobial action supporting the healing process of acne and further regeneration of the skin.

Spirulina taken internally can be supported by Spirulina face masks against acne. When applied as a mask those elements and nutrients contained in Spirulina also eliminate toxins and bacteria which are responsible for the appearance of pimples.

While not a particularly fatty food (it contains only about 5 percent fat), dried Spirulina contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in a  balanced proportion of about 1 to 1.6.

Most Western diets have an omega 3 to 6 ratio of about 1 to 16, and most experts agree that the amount of omega-6 fatty acids in modern diets is way too high and may contribute to a number of health problems due to their inflammatory properties and disruptive effect on hormones.

Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, have anti-inflammatory effects, and they have been associated with a number of health benefits, including the prevention of acne breakouts.

Interestingly, Spirulina has also been singled out as a good natural source of GLA, along with a few other supplements and foods such as evening primrose oil, hemp seeds and borage seed oil. Although GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid, it appears to exert anti-inflammatory, rather than pro-inflammatory, effects in the body.