This post is about supplements or vitamins for acne in India. If you have been considering taking vitamins / supplements for acne, this post will help you locate the brands selling such supplements in India.
Do supplements for acne work?
Dietary supplements can make a drastic difference in the treatment and prevention of acne. The same supplements will not work for everyone, so you have to experiment a little and see which ones work for you. If you are deficient in any vitamin or minerals (e.g. vitamin D deficiency in India is pretty common), then supplementing can make a huge difference, sometimes completely clearing up the skin.
In the coming weeks, I will be posting more information about each of these supplements for acne, but if you already know what supplement you want to use, this post will tell you where to buy them in India.
Some of these supplements have a warning on the pack that says you need a doctor’s prescription to buy them. It is true that even dietary supplements in overdose or taken when not necessary can cause harmful side-effects. I don’t know how much to heed to this warning given that you can buy much higher doses of these vitamins and supplements from the newly spreading Vitamin Shoppe and GNC stores and online from healthkart.com and medplusbeauty.com without a prescription. That kind of makes the prescription-only warning on Indian supplements ineffective, doesn’t it?
Imported vitamins and supplements are mighty expensive compared to Indian versions, as you will see in the chart below.
Disclaimer: this post is merely information about what brands in India sell supplements considered helpful. Go ahead and use them if you know what you are doing. If you are unsure about the safety of using any of these supplements / vitamins, consult a doctor.
See this post for a list of herbal and ayurvedic supplements for acne.
Vitamins / Supplements / Capsules / Tablets for acne in India
|Supplements||Where to buy them|
|Zinc, chromium, selenium combination||Cobadex-CZS price Rs. 44.75 for 15 capsules. Cobadex-CZS contains chromium picolinate 250 mcg, Elemental selenium 100 mcg, zinc sulphate monohydrate 61.8 mg. Cobadex-CZS is available at medical stores.|
|Evening Primrose Oil||Primosa capsules manufactured by Universal Medicare Limited available at medical stores. Primosa capsules contains Evening Primrose Oil. Primosa 500 mg price Rs. 128 for 15 capsules, Primosa 1000 mg price Rs. 191.49 for 15 capsules|
|Prebiotics / Probiotics||Bifilac capsules price Rs. 86.48 for 10 capsules available at medical stores. Bifiliac contains streptococcus faecalis 30 million cells, lactobacillus 50 million cells, clostridium butyricum 2 million cells, bacillus mesentericus 1 million cells|
|Sulphur||Baidyanath Rakta Shodhak Bati tablets available at ayurvedic / homeopathic medical stores at Rs. 105 for 50 tablets.Read about other sulphur supplements here.|
|Cod Liver oil / fish oil||(see comments for background) Sharkovit syrup (not sure but it sounds like Shark liver oil which is considered good for acne)|
|Spirulina||Spirulina is controversial for acne, some people say it helped immensely with hormonal acne, others diss it totally saying it caused more acne. (will update after more research)|