Vitamins For Acne

Vitamin A

Vitamin-A as we all know is important for normal vision. It is also very important for the health and maintenance of the skin and the reduction of sebum. Take note, that Retinoids like Accutane and Tretinoin are forms of Vitamin-A. If you have acne you should take about 10,000 IU because low levels of Vitamin-A is said to aggravate acne and if you are pregnant, you should cut the dose to 5000 IU. Vitamin-A also functions as an antioxidant which protects the skin from damage due to free radicals and toxic substances. High dosage of vitamin-A as retinol palmitate ( 100,000 to 5000 IU per day ) have been found to treat severe acne but at this dose Vitamin-A could be fatal. High doses of vitamin-A accumulates in the liver and would cause liver and nerve damage. Fat soluble vitamins like vitamin-A tends to accumulate in the body at toxic doses. Natural sources of vitamin-A include liver, fish oils and also dairy products. Carotenoid is the plant version of vitamin-A. Excessive consumption of carotenoids do not lead to liver toxicity but it would turn your skin “orange” ( harmless side effect ). The skin discoloration effect is temporary and could be normalized by reducing carotenoid consumption. Natural sources of carotenoid are typically plants with reddish to yellowish colors like Carrots and Squash.

Vitamin B Complex

The B vitamins usually work best when they are combined because they work synergistically. They make your skin tone healthy and they also relieve your stress or anxiety. Of course, stress and anxiety are aggravating factors for acne. Anxiety and stress translates into excessive oil/sebum production of the oil glands and then massive breakouts.

Thiamine (Vitamin B1) – this B vitamin provides antioxidant effect on the body which helps get rid of toxins. Thiamine also promotes proper circulation and digestion.
Natural sources include: Green peas, Spinach, Liver, Beef, Pork, Navy beans, Nuts, Pinto beans
Dosage for individuals with acne: 100mg 3 times a day

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – the main function of vitamin B2 is for proper metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It is also needed for healthy skin, hair and nails.

Natural sources: Milk, cheese, leafy green vegetables, liver, yeast
Dosage for individuals with acne: 100mg 3 times a day

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) – It is also necessary for the maintenance of healthy skin, proper circulation and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Niacin is also needed to remove toxic chemicals from the body and in the assistance of steroid hormone production ( sex and stress hormones ).
Natural sources: peanuts, eggs and avocadoes.
Dosage for individuals with acne: 200mg 3 times a day

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – This B vitamin is mainly responsible for reducing stress and it is also needed for the proper function of adrenal glands.
Dosage for individuals with acne: 100 mg 3 times daily.

Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) – Helps in the proper function of the immune system.
Dosage for individuals with acne: 100 mg 3 times daily.

Vitamin C ( Ascorbic Acid ) - Vitamin-C functions as an antioxidant to prevent cell-damage due to free radicals and infections. It hastens the healing of wounds and damaged tissues like inflamed acne lesions. This vitamin also helps in the production of collagen which is the supporting structure for connective tissues. Vitamin-C also enhances the immune system which protects us from infections.

Natural sources of vitamin-C: citrus fruits, pineapples, guava and others
Dosage for individuals with acne: 1000 to 1600 mg 3 times daily

Chromium - It is said that people with unstable blood sugar levels are susceptible to severe forms of acne. Chromium helps in regulating unstable blood sugar levels and thus it may reduce the incidence of severe acne. Chromium is also a very popular supplement for diabetics which also helps them regulate blood sugar levels.

Dosage for individuals with acne: 400 mcg per day.

Zinc - Zinc enhances the healing ability of tissues and can prevent the formation of scars. Zinc can also regulate the oil gland activity and reduce hyperactive oil glands.

Dosage for individuals with acne: 25-30mg per day.

Vitamin E - This vitamin is also an antioxidant and thus it prevents free radical damage to tissues. It also enhances the healing and repair of tissues.

Acne References “Acne Prevention Vitamins – Powerful Antioxidants Guest article” by Jennifer Thoden “Vitamins” (Topic last reviewed: 11 September 2007)

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