10 SUPPLEMENTS THAT MAY BE CAUSING YOUR SKIN PROBLEMS | Dr Dray

10 SUPPLEMENTS THAT MAY BE CAUSING YOUR SKIN PROBLEMS | Dr Dray

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well hey guys in today's video i'm going to be covering 10 dietary supplements that could be negatively impacting the health of your skin as i go through this list i want to emphasize to you guys it's not necessarily an individual vitamin mineral or nutrient that is problematic and you should strictly avoid it but the theme here is supplements that contain higher levels than what is necessary especially in the absence of deficiency supplement number one is whey protein whey protein is really popular amongst bodybuilders
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athletes people looking for muscle building and it has been associated with stubborn acne breakouts it may be because whey protein is derived from dairy and you guys know from my video on the connection between dairy consumption and acne that we do see in some cases some dairy products are associated with acne we don't exactly know why this is it may be due to the fact that dairy products lead to increase in the hormone insulin like growth factor which drives oil production increasing the lipids on the surface of the skin making a more
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hospitable environment for that little bacteria and the poor cutie bacterium acnes leading to acne flares not everyone who takes a whey protein supplement is going to have acne though it's likely dictated by your genetics but we definitely observe that you also have to be careful not all protein powders are just pure protein they often have other vitamins minerals nutrients added often at high levels and some of these vitamins minerals nutrients etc also can be associated with acne flares and i'm going to cover some of those
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common offenders later in the video number two is gummy vitamins it doesn't matter the supplement actually it's really in this case the uh form gummy vitamins why well they have sugar in most cases they have corn syrup some kind of sugar to make them taste good which in and of itself is problematic food tastes good food has vitamins minerals nutrients you shouldn't need a piece of candy with the individual nutrient in it gummy vitamins they taste good people may end up inadvertently eating too many
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sugar spikes insulin leading to more oil production and flares of acne i have a whole video on the clear skin diet and in that video i explain how sugar can definitely worsen acne and eating sugary processed foods can contribute to that throw in some unnecessary candy gummies and there you go you have more sugar in the diet that's not necessary that can contribute to acne also high glycemic foods sugary foods sugary supplements they contribute to advanced glycation and product formation
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in the skin you guys know from my videos on the worst foods for collagen that process sugary foods that can negatively impact the health of the collagen and elastin in your skin and that can lead to exacerbations of the visible signs of skin aging deeper wrinkles loss of elasticity if you're gonna eat sugary foods eat sugary foods don't eat sugary vitamins taking in that sugar unnecessarily it also can lead to more inflammation in the body i mean it's just like eating extra candy number three is b12
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supplements now i take a b12 supplement because i follow a vegan diet and many people in the us are b12 deficient and do need to be on a b12 supplement so i'm not saying they are you know bad or anything like that if you need to take one you need to take one clarify that with your treating health care provider consuming greater than 5 to 10 micrograms of b12 per day is associated with acne why it happens we're not entirely sure but there is some research to suggest that b12 suppresses cutie bacterium acne's gene expression
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and that's that little bacteria that causes acne and it suppresses it in such a way that causes bacteria to release more inflammatory mediators leading to more acne when you stop the unnecessarily high amounts of b12 then the acne resolves number four is actually pretty rare so i don't want to be alarmist but that is iodine iodine can cause a particularly inflammatory type of acne that is mostly associated actually with people who consume a lot of kelp kelp is
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a sea vegetable is very high in iodine and the breakouts with iodine are pretty specific they're very inflammatory meaning very red they often happen on the trunk there is an absence of what are called comidones basically blackheads and whiteheads just all you have are these really inflammatory papules bumps and it varies from person to person there was actually a study done by the fda in the 90s that showed that some people are able to tolerate really high levels of iodine so if you're somebody who has been eating kelp
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daily a lot of it and you're like i don't have acne then you're probably fine number five is biotin biotin is really popular in hair skin and nails supplements and people take it with the hopes of growing long healthy hair but there is really no data to show that taking biotin in the absence of biotin deficiency is going to be beneficial for hair growth whatsoever as far as the nails there is some evidence that for brittle nails taking two and a half milligrams of biotin daily can help
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strengthen the nails but you have to be careful with biotin supplements they are like these other supplements associated with acne breakouts this is another one where we don't know why it happens but it's definitely been reported and increasingly so in recent years as biotin supplements are gaining even more popularity and becoming even more widespread throughout the supplement market people getting acne breakouts from their biotin supplements i've cautioned you guys in other videos before too about the risk with taking biotin supplements is that it can interfere with the accuracy of certain
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blood tests that rely on something called a biotinylated assay so if you go to your doctor to have your thyroid checked they're going to send blood work and that biotin supplement you're taking could interfere with the accuracy of that blood work and make it look like you have hypothyroid disease if you are taking a biotin supplement it is recommended that you stop taking it about a week before going in to have blood work number six is vitamin a it's actually pretty easy to get to too high of a level of vitamin a when it comes to
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taking vitamin a supplements vitamin a is a fat soluble vitamin stored in the body of course there are certain health conditions for which vitamin a supplementation is recommended for example it's actually a part of the treatment for measles but you have to be careful because it is a fat soluble vitamin it that means it will be stored in the body and it's much easier to get to high levels that can be toxic exceeding 25 000 international units of vitamin a a day is too much another way
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that you can get to too high of a vitamin a level is if you are eating polar bear liver as far as skin manifestations of hypervitaminosis a or too high of a level of vitamin a you're going to get dry lips dry skin and hair loss hypervitaminosis a also can cause painful swelling of the long bones and it can cause elevation in liver enzymes problems with your liver number seven is pretty rare but definitely happens and that is consuming too much vitamin b6 can make you sensitive to the sun specifically the uva rays can cause a
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photosensitive rash redness even blistering it can be pretty painful and uncomfortable it's not that common of an issue because vitamin b6 it's a water-soluble vitamin so excess levels they're going to be excreted you're not going to store it so it's not really that common but taking high levels can cause a transient increase in blood levels and that can be associated with photosensitivity number eight is selenium you can actually get too much selenium selenium is touted as being
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beneficial from a cardiovascular point of view it has heart health benefits but you can definitely get too much of a good thing and that can cause skin and hair problems you can get hair loss you can get this kind of rash that looks like seb derm but more intense with scaling redness sometimes acne like breakouts on the cheeks the face the forehead and you can have nail abnormalities with ridging of the nails horizontal ridging oddly enough celinosis often presents
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with garlicky breath not sure why that is but that is a presenting sign exceeding 200 micrograms per day of selenium is where you can run into this problem a while ago there was a supplement called total body formula it had to be recalled because on the label it said that it had 200 micrograms of selenium which is high to begin with especially in the absence of any deficiency however on further analysis the supplement was actually found to contain 200 times that as a result there were reports of
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celinosis from taking this supplement now vitamin b3 can actually be helpful to your skin and to your total body health there are actually two forms of vitamin b3 there's niacin and niacinamide niacin is often given because it can have a cardiovascular benefit it can help reduce your cholesterol levels however niacin niacin can unfortunately cause flushing and that is a very uncomfortable sensation if you have ever experienced it burning redness and and discomfort
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niacinamide is a form of vitamin b3 that we actually recommend to a lot of patients who form many skin cancers because this has been shown to reduce the number of certain types of skin cancers that these patients form however you can actually again have too much of a good thing and it can cause itch it can make your skin itch niacinamide as a side note is not associated with flushing but it can cause dryness irritation and itch last but certainly not least is anabolic androgenic steroids this is really
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popular in the bodybuilding community people looking to build muscle and it's not just amongst people who intentionally take anabolic steroids many supplements are adulterated with anabolic steroids and anabolic steroid-like compounds anabolic androgenic steroids not only can cause acne but they can also cause male pattern hair loss receding hairline if you have a genetic tendency towards male pattern hair loss otherwise known as androgenetic because it's androgen
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and genetic uh alopecia well then these supplements will hasten the onset of that um i mentioned that these steroids cause acne in many people they can cause a particularly horrific type of acne called acne fulminants acne pulmonance predominantly affects the trunk you get lesions on the chest the back the shoulders but it's not just pimples it is these ulcerated weeping oozing painful necrotic skin lesions patients
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presenting with acne pulmonance they have elevated inflammatory markers their crp will be high which is a marker of inflammation in the body they often have painful arthritis they can have an enlarged liver and large spleen they can have fatigue uh decreased appetite weight loss and it's actually thought that this type of acne acne fominans is more of an immune response to proteins on the surface of that bacteria that lead to this systemic immune response and of
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included in that systemic immune response are these alternative painful acne lesions mostly on the trunk but then you have systemic issues you have painful joint joint pain you know it definitely requires immediate attention it's treated with a course of prednisone which is an oral anti-inflammatory medication or it can be treated with other immunosuppressive medications there is a study done by the fda of 776 supplements and they show that approximately 89 of them were adulterated with uh
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with anabolic steroids or anabolic steroid-like compounds namely though they were those that are labeled muscle building so it's not like your multivitamin is going to have anabolic steroids in it or something like that specifically those types of supplements that are taken by bodybuilders for muscle building that can be adulterated with these things and by adulterating i mean like if you read the ingredients it's not going to be listed on there but when they actually go in and analyze the the uh supplement they find these compounds in there that
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can definitely contribute to acne to be clear though acne fominions is pretty rare but acne as a result of anabolic steroids is not that rare that's pretty common but this more severe form of acne to be clear is pretty rare it's likely due to an underlying genetic predisposition to this all right guys those are the 10 supplements that can negatively impact the health of your hair skin and nails but i want you guys to understand that it's not so much the vitamin the mineral it's not like you have to go and read your food labels obsessively to make
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sure you're not getting too much vitamin b6 it more has to do with supplements and taking high levels of these things unnecessarily vitamins that are more likely to be problematic and lead to harm are those that are fat soluble they're going to be stored in the body and the fat soluble vitamins are vitamins a which i talked about here d e and k when it comes to choosing a dietary supplement you know like i said i take a b12 supplement well i actually take a multivitamin supplement that has b12 in it that athletic greens drink but
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always look for third-party testing that can help you know give you some confidence just going to be adulterated with things so always look for things like the nsf certification i think that is a good thing when choosing a supplement let me know in the comments have you developed any skin issues that you were able to pinpoint to a supplement was it any of these ingredients that i mentioned here or you know vitamins let me know in the comments but i hope you guys enjoyed this video on the end slate will be my video on the worst foods for collagen so if you're interested in
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foods and supplements for skin and and whatnot check that out i think you will enjoy it but if you like this video give it a thumbs up share it with your friends and as always don't forget sunscreen and subscribe i'll talk to you guys tomorrow bye [Music] you

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