Make acne go again: the miracles of magnesium
Mineral is surprisingly effective for your gut health, sleep patterns, and skin woes such as spots and ageing
The list is never ending of supplements, elements and ingredients now proven to be good for you and your skin. Magnesium is surprisingly effective for both your gut health and skin woes such as acne and ageing. What is magnesium?
“Magnesium is an element that helps to regulate the hundreds of diverse biochemical reactions in the body,” says nutritionist and naturopath Kara-Mia Vernon. It acts as a catalyst to speed up the absorption of calcium, ease stiff muscles and lower cortisol production, thereby potentially helping to reduce acne. It also helps stabilise hormonal imbalances, reduce stress and improve your sleep pattern.
“Magnesium is essential for energy production in cells and is considered to be the fourth most important mineral in the body,” says Vernon. It is required for the synthesis of DNA replication and the all-important antioxidant and smart-ager glutathione. Although green leafy vegetables and nuts and seeds are purported to be a good source of magnesium, “this essential element is only found in these foods if it is available in the soil in the first place”, advises Vernon.
Mass farming means farmers are more interested in size, growth rate and pest resistance, and care less about the nutritional value of their crops. Which is why certain fruits and vegetables do not hold the same nutritional value as they did 10 years ago. “Less magnesium in our food means less absorption in your body,” says Vernon. “It is estimated that up to 70% of people have inadequate levels, with over 50% of teenage girls being grossly deficient.” This means some people may need to turn to fortified skincare to help see the benefits on their skin.
How can magnesium help my skin?
“Magnesium deficiency also results in lower levels of fatty acids on the skin,” advises Vernon. This reduces elasticity and moisture and creates the perfect condition for dryness and lack of tone. And more wrinkles.
“Glutathione levels often peak as we hit our 20s so it’s important to consider replacing our levels from an early age,” says skin expert Bianca Estelle.
“Although it occurs naturally in the body and can be found in leafy greens, our fast-paced lives expose us to high toxin levels that inhibit absorption,” says Estelle. To prevent strain on the liver (where most glutathione is found) and to aid the detoxification process at the same time as reaping countless health benefits, glutathione supplementation will benefit everyone and all skin types. Poor DNA replication means that we age faster, and we all know that means wrinkles.
“Magnesium is also known as an important chemical in immune function and plays a role in reducing acne and breakouts, skin allergies and also collagen function,” adds Dr David Jack. Magnesium is taken both orally and is available in some topical skincare.
“If you choose supplement form, it is important not to overtake magnesium as it can have a laxative effect. Magnesium can also be given through IV. However, given the effects it can have on the heart rate, this should be done with cardiac monitoring, not in wellness drips,” says Jack. Most supplements will do the job but you may want to consider what form your body best absorbs. - © The Daily Telegraph