MSM for Skin

Thanks largely to the book, “The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain”, MSM has gained a reputation as a miracle cure for a number of conditions. Increasing your intake of MSM has been linked to healthier hair, improved joint function and better digestion.

It would seem that there is a reason for almost everybody to think about getting more MSM into their diet.

For those of you that long for better looking and healthier skin, there is reason for you too: MSM is used in a number of skin care products and has the backing of many dermatology professionals.

This article will outline some of the main benefits the “miracle cure” can have for your skin.

What is MSM?

Before moving on to its benefits, you will find it useful to know a little bit about what MSM actually is. MSM, an acronym for methylsulfonylmethane, is a naturally occurring sulphur that can be found in various whole foods like meats and vegetables.

Sulphur is required for a multitude of different bodily functions and is one of the most abundant minerals within your body. However, our modern-day diets are becoming much lower in sulphur than ever before.

In part, this is due to the lower quality soil used for growing vegetables but is also down to our over-reliance on processed foods. Deficiencies in sulphur can cause havoc for your body, as it plays a role in so many different processes.

Therefore, supplementation with MSM in powder form can be a great way to increase your sulphur intake and gain some of the benefits it can bring; one such group of benefits being the positive effects MSM has been shown to have for the skin.

Benefits of MSM for Skin Health

MSM has a reputation for being nature’s beauty mineral. MSM supplementation can promote beauty from within by boosting your overall health to give your skin an improved appearance.

Below are some of the main ways MSM can help your skin.

1. Boosts Collagen & Keratin Production

Collagen and keratin are important proteins that help to strengthen your skin and provide it with elasticity. As we age, collagen production begins to decrease naturally and leaves us with looser and wrinkled skin.

Sulphur is a vital compound in the production of both collagen and keratin, so increasing your intake could help to stave off some of the effects that ageing has on your skin.

2. Detoxification

MSM has a role to play in making the cells in your body more permeable; which allows toxins to be flushed out more easily and promotes better hydration of the cells. A build-up of toxins in your body and in your skin’s cells is very likely to lead to skin problems.

Flushing the toxins out and rehydrating your cells gives your skin a much better chance of staying healthy. The extra cell permeability could also make it easier for other skin care minerals to be absorbed as well.

3. Anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is the cause of many skin disorders; acne and folliculitis are both a type of skin inflammation. Fortunately, MSM is a natural anti-inflammatory that is widely used to treat acne and other skin conditions.

In fact, many topical creams will contain MSM or another form of sulphur.

How to Increase Your Sulphur Intake

I mentioned earlier that Sulphur is found in many whole foods but is not as abundant in them as it once was due to growing and farming conditions. With that being said, increasing your intake of vegetables and unprocessed foods is still a great way to boost your intake of sulphur and many other important vitamins and minerals.

When it comes to increasing your sulphur intake enough to see some real benefits, supplementation may be the way to go. MSM supplements usually come in powder form and are taken orally with a dose of between 2g and 6g daily. It is best to begin on the lower end of that range and adjust depending on results.

Some individuals also apply MSM directly to the skin in the form of a cream or paste, which may be a good option for areas of skin that are particularly bad. As with any supplement, it is always recommended to seek the advice of a registered healthcare professional before use.

You can order high quality MSM supplements directly from our online store by clicking here. We have also written a free e-book that goes into all the different health benefits of MSM in further detail. Please click here to access your copy.