makes brewer's yeast so effective?
One look at the ingredients will tell you
why this yeast is prized for its skin care
benefits. Among those ingredients are
several key minerals: chromium,
selenium and zinc. If you've
checked out our
minerals for acne guide, you'll
recognize that these are all among the top
minerals for keeping your skin clear.
They're also commonly lacking in the average
western diet. Brewer's yeast is especially
rich in GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor), a
biologically active form of chromium that is
efficient at removing excess sugar from your
blood. It's also helpful for your
circulation, reducing LDL (bad cholesterol)
and increasing HDL (good cholesterol).
Some have likened the results to
vitamin B5 acne treatment, and while
brewer's yeast works in a different way, it
does contain vitamin B5 (just not a
treatment-level dose), along with most of
the B-family of vitamins (excluding B12).
It's actually quite similar to taking a
B-complex supplement, only with additional
ingredients that may benefit your skin even
more. It certainly doesn't hurt that it's a
good source of protein, as high-protein
diets can aid in reducing blemishes.
A note of caution: While many B vitamins are
great for keeping your skin clear (just look
acne vitamins guide), too much of
certain ones may cause a negative reaction.
For instance, the niacin in brewer's yeast
may cause your skin to flush if you combine
it with even more niacin via a B-complex. As
such, you're better off taking one
supplement or the other, not both.
should I take it for best results?
Brewer's yeast is available as both a solid
supplement and a powder. Many prefer taking
the tablets or capsules for the perfectly
understandable reason that the powder can
taste pretty unappetizing. No worries, it's
an effective acne remedy either way. If
you're using tablets, you'll want to take
1-2 500mg tablets after each meal.
First-time users will occasionally
experience the unpleasant side effects of
nausea or diarrhea, but the chances of you
experiencing this are reduced if you take
the supplements on a full stomach.
If you can handle the taste, taking 1-2
tablespoons of the powder per day may give
you slightly quicker results, as the
ingredients are absorbed into your
bloodstream at a faster, higher rate. It's
still recommended to time your intake
alongside a meal, and you can mix the powder
into water or juice to make the flavor a
little more bearable.
Brewer's yeast can also be applied topically
Although it's more popular to take it
internally, you can also apply brewer's
yeast directly to your skin. The powder
mixes easily with water, milk or yogurt to
produce a paste that can be used as a
facial mask. Try mixing 2 parts yeast
and 1 part honey, then slowly adding milk
until the mixture forms an even paste.
Massage it into your skin and let sit for 15
minutes before rinsing off. Note that it can
have a fairly strong smell, so you may want
to avoid using this mask before going out.
Adding something with a sweet aroma (blended
fruit works well) may help alleviate the
While it might not do anything for your
circulation or blood-sugar, topically
applied brewer's yeast can still aid with
cleansing your pores and strengthening your
skin tissue. Many report seeing fewer
surface-level blemishes after regular use of
the facial mask. I would recommend starting
with the supplements if you have moderate or
worse acne, but however you use it, the
powerful ingredients in this remedy make it
worth checking out.