How to treat acne with maca
Take 1-1.5 tsp per day or 3-5 capsules of Maca for Women or Maca for Men with breakfast or lunch. Minimum suggested treatment time is 6-12 weeks. Beyond this you may continue to consume maca daily and do not require taking a break from treatment if you are receiving positive benefits. For recipe ideas of how to include maca in your daily routine download our recipe booklet here or watch our recipe channel here.
1-1.5 tsp daily
3-5 capsules daily
1-1.5 tsp daily
3-5 capsules daily
Maca for treating acne
Acne vulgaris, more generally known as acne, is a common skin disease impacting both men and women throughout life. Some acne may be stress induced or others may be related to hormonal imbalances and/or hygiene.
Some people may experience persistent acne-which starts in adolescence and continues through adulthood-or recurrent acne-which occurs in adolescence, improves, and then reappears after 25 years of age1. Alternatively, for some people late onset acne only appears after 25 years of age 1,2. No matter when acne appears, it impacts daily life, as people with acne commonly experience mental and social anxiety, depression, and a lower self-esteem 3-5.
Acne occurs when hair follicles become blocked, leading to clogged pores. Acne also develops when the body makes excess sebum-an oil that stops the skin from drying out. When the body makes surplus sebum, this can clump with dead skin cells in a pore, increasing bacteria, inflammation and acne 1,6-9. Some of the causes of acne are:
- Hormonal dysfunction
- Cosmetics use
One of the major causes of acnes is hormonal imbalance of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone 1,8,10. During adolescence, increased testosterone levels increases sebum levels and oily skin, therefore clogging pores 6. However, adults may also experience hormonal imbalances. Adult hormonal imbalance is also associated with acne, such as elevated androgen levels 1,8,10,11. Multiple scientific studies conclude that acne patients would benefit from anti-androgen therapy and thus hormonal contraceptive pills are used to treat acne 1,8,12,13. Other treatments, such as topical antibiotics target the inflammatory acne, while topical retinoids can decrease sebum production 6,12.
Since there are numerous causes of acne, multiple treatments may be required to treat this skin disease. Not all treatments will be appropriate for all patients-especially since acne impacts both men and women. Additionally, most treatments target only one causes of acne-either the hormone dysfunction or the inflammatory response. However, recent data suggest that Lepidium meyenni (maca), a traditional Peruvian plant used as a natural supplement, may provide a healthy alternative to treat acne and protect the skin 14-16.
How maca can assist with acne
Recent data demonstrate that maca may treat acne in a multi-faceted approach, through both hormonal regulation and antibacterial activity. For example, maca can regulate hormonal balance by regulating testosterone levels, as oral administration of maca extract decreased serum testosterone in a dose dependent manner 17. In laboratory settings, maca treatment also regulates sex-hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, further demonstrating the potential benefits of maca in hormonal regulation 18,19. In additional to hormonal balance, maca extract also demonstrated broad-spectrum antibacterial activity in both cell culture, as well as decreased bacterial activity in rodents 20,21. Furthermore, topical treatment applied to the skin has shown to generally protect the skin16. Altogether, both the hormonal regulation and antibacterial activity of this natural supplement suggest that maca may provide a natural method to improve skin health and treat acne.
Customer Testimonials for our maca with acne
GREAT FOR ACNE, ENERGY AND BETTER BALANCE!!
I love the Maca for Women! It tastes amazing and is super versatile which is awesome, I add it into all my cooking and baking daily! I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin, in particular it has calmed down my acne. I used to have swollen, painful acne around my chin, which is largely hormone related, and this has cleared up. I also really feel the difference in my resilience to stress if I stop taking maca. When i'm taking maca daily I am more energetic, level headed and adaptable to life! Also super ethically sourced and really well researched! Amazing product!
AMAZING FOR SKIN
I wouldn't be without my daily maca. I have noticed a definite improvement in my skin, kind of a nice glow, and I love how this blend incorporates the black and red maca together with the yellow for extra potency. Thank you for bringing us such a high-quality, well-sourced ethical maca, as well as the screeds of research and information you have made available.. and for being such lovely people to deal with.
BEST MACA YET
The most delicious maca I've tasted yet! Delicious, highly nutritious, socially and ecologically responsible. My favourite source of maca. Thank you both.
Note: There is no upper limit with maca and everybody is different, so it is important to find your ideal dose that is right for your body, for some this may be less than the recommended for others it may be more. If you experience positive health benefits then we suggest you continue treatment at that ideal dosage. The material provided on this website is for information purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice or be a treatment for any medical condition. Users should consult a health professional if you have any concerns about your health, are starting any health or nutritional related treatment, or for any questions you may have regarding your own or any other party’s medical condition. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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