Recent research shows that acne sufferers have a higher level of oxidative stress (ie free radical activity) both internally in their body and topically on their skin.
Currently this leads to the fact that the sebum for acne bacteria becomes comedogenic and hospitable.
Internally, this causes inflammation and systemic stress that affect the way our body processes toxins.
Glutathione is an important and important antioxidant that is produced in the liver and is also contained in certain foods.
A recent acne study found that acne patients had a significantly reduced level of glutathione in the skin than non-acne patients. More interestingly, the amount of glutathione in the skin correlated with the severity of the acne. Mild acne had only a slight lack of glutathione; severe acne had severe glutathione deficiency.
Glutathione is called the "mother of all antioxidants" and is a powerful detoxifier, liver promoter and extremely powerful neutralizer for free radicals. Glutathione is also anti-inflammatory because it blocks the production of most inflammatory cytokines in the body.
Internally, liver support, optimized detoxification, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects are crucial for the prevention of acne. The incredible antioxidant powers of glutathione also make it anti-aging. It has been shown that glutathione helps with anxiety and depression, which is also related to acne (acne patients have statistically significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety and stress). If you are curious, explore the “brain-skin axis”. Finally, it can help with bowel problems and inflammation, another health problem that has been linked to acne.
Glutathione has also been directly linked to skin lightening, so some Med Spas are now offering it as a (controversial) intravenous treatment.
Anecdotes indicate that an internal glutathione preparation helps clean the skin. Cases have been reported on acne message boards.
Glutathione is produced in the body from 3 amino acids: glutamate, cysteine and glycine. Once used in the body, it is broken down by an enzyme called GGT.
However, if you are taking a glutathione preparation, it must pass through the liver before it reaches your bloodstream. The liver can contain high levels of GGT, which break down glutathione before your body can use it. As a result, some oral forms of glutathione do not produce the desired effects.
To achieve the greatest possible absorption of oral glutathione, you should look for forms that are liposomal, sublingual (drops), orobuccal (slow-dissolving tablet or lozenge), inhaled (glutathione is used in asthma inhalers!) Or methylglutathione.
It has been shown that taking vitamin C with glutathione also increases absorption. However, continue to use one of the above forms.
Designs for Health is a trusted brand, as is Thorne and the Bulletproof brand, a proprietary delivery system that protects the antioxidant from being broken down by the liver.
The recommended doses range from 250 mg 3x / day to 500 mg 1-2x / day.
Always ask your doctor before starting a new supplement or if you have any questions or concerns.
If you take expensive acne supplements, I understand that. You can also increase glutathione by eating certain foods (generally look for foods high in sulfur, selenium, cysteine, and methionine, which are the building blocks of glutathione ):
- Garlic + Onions
- Brassica vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Bok Choy)
- Animal organ meat such as liver
- Animal protein (including seafood)
- Grass-fed dairy
Since glutathione detoxifies, the skin may deteriorate before it improves. These are simply toxins that stagnated in the body and that eventually pushed out the skin. Flushing usually takes 2 weeks – 3 months.
If you've tried / tried glutathione, let us know in the comments!