MSM and Acne
If you've ever suffered with acne, you know all too well that it is a really hard ailment to fix. You've tried it all...from baking soda to Proactive. In the beginning, you notice improvement and then all of a sudden, it's not working anymore. It's almost like you've grown immune to it. Or it is causing you to break out even more and then you hear, "oh, it's gotta bring the bumps out first". What? I always wondered was that true. The jury is still out on that.
One of the most consistent acne remedies that I've come across is MSM (or methylsulfonylmethane). MSM is also an ingredient in our Advanced Facial Serum.
What is MSM?
MSM is a sulfur which naturally occurs in fresh fruit and vegetables. Sulfur is perhaps one of the most important nutrients required by our bodies as it is present in the amino acids which are in turn the basic building blocks of protein. It's no big secret that MSM is awesome for hair, but how is it for skin?
How does MSM help clear acne
Here are a few ways:
1. Provides our skin with what it needs to be healthy and beautiful
Sulfur is needed for the production of keratin and collagen, which are both proteins that are necessary for healthy skin. Taking MSM along with vitamin C boosts it's benefits and potency.
2. Cleansing & detoxing the body
MSM is a great detox. If you're new to this remedy, please consult with your family physician first to confirm if you have a sulfur allergy. MSM is a strong detoxifier, so if you're taking this supplement, start slow at first and then increase your dosage. I remember the first time that I took this supplement, I felt so energized and alert! I was shocked as to how naturally good I felt! I felt like a better me. I initially started taking it for hair growth, but surprise, surprise! It helps keep acne at bay too!
3. How Exactly does MSM detox
MSM considerably increases the permeability of your cells which means that it increases cells capability of flushing out excess fluids and toxins.
This mechanism has a very important detoxifying effect, making way for essential nutrients into your system and thereby improving the overall functioning of your cell membranes...which is great for keeping skin healthy and glowing.
4. MSM is also a anti-inflammatory
When whiteheads and blackheads turn into acne and become inflamed, then it becomes an inflammatory condition. MSM will help calm these inflammations.
How to use MSM
I prefer to use the powder because I like to mix it with a Vitamin C. Using the powder also allows me to easily change the dosage levels.
This is the drink that I make twice a day:
⦁ 1 cup of hot water (Note: Make sure that your water is hot so that the MSM totally dilutes).
⦁ About 5 drops of lemon or lime juice. Or you can squeeze a fresh lemon in your mixture if you prefer.
⦁ 1 teaspoon of honey
⦁ 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of MSM for every cup of water. (Remember to slowly build up as the detoxification effects are powerful)
I drink this drink every morning and early evening. I don't suggest that you drink this drink before going to bed as it will more than likely keep you up all night. MSM increases alertness. Don't say we didn't warn you. :-)
MSM is also effective used externally. If you’re serious about getting rid of your acne or are trying to get rid of scarring, then I recommend you use MSM both internally and externally.
Here is a simple recipe you can make at home:
⦁ 3 teaspoons of MSM powder
⦁ 1 cup of water (make sure it's hot so that the MSM can dilute)
⦁ optional (you can use Aloe Vera gel instead of water if you prefer)
NOTE: I add my mixture in a spray bottle and just spray it on my face. To moisturize, I use about a quarter size amount of Raw Shea Butter about a quarter size amount of organic unrefined coconut oil.
Aloe Vera has great healing properties. It contains two powerful hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in Aloe Vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally while reducing scarring. So opting to add this to powerful ingredient to your mixture would be a wonderful addition.
Is MSM for you
If you are suffering from acne or just need a body cleanser, then I recommend MSM. It worked for me and it may work for you.
Go Ahead, talk to your provider, and take the MSM plunge. Comment and let us know what you think.
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