Brewer's yeast skin benefits

Updated March 23, 2017

Unhealthy skin can be caused by several factors, which in many cases can be controlled. In addition to cleansing, skin is affected by diet and blood. Brewers yeast promotes a diet rich in B vitamins, which are essential for healthy skin. Brewers yeast can aid in prevention and treatment of acne. Consult a dermatologist for information about brewers yeast for acne and for any concerns that may apply.


Nutrients in brewers yeast include B-complex vitamins, chromium and selenium. The B vitamin nutrients in brewers yeast are thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folic acid and biotin.


Nutrients in brewers yeast help break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins, which provide the body with energy. They also support the nervous system, help maintain the muscles used for digestion, and keep skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver healthy. Thiamine promotes healthy circulation, which benefits skin health; riboflavin helps to minimise brown spots; and pyridoxine can help to prevent eczema.


Brewers yeast kills bacteria associated with acne. It also promotes production of some white blood cells, which helps to clear problem skin and keep it healthy.

Side Effects

Side effects related to brewers yeast result from overuse of the product. These include breathing problems, itchy or swollen skin, and rashes. Migraines have been reported as have complaints about bloating and gas.


Brewers yeast shows promise for promoting healthy skin and for treating and preventing acne. Discuss your skincare goals with a health-care specialist or nutritionist. Brewers yeast may be one solution.

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