Acne, Skin care

Vitamins for Acne – Alternative Acne Treatments

Vitamins A, E, C, and B5 are some of the vitamins that can help you get rid of stubborn acne, while providing help in any vitamin deficiency in your body.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A from retinoids is used in most acne treatment. Dermatological products with retinoids are usually prescribed for acne. It is very helpful in minimizing production of sebum by the sebaceous glands by providing just the right amount of moisture to keep the cells moisturized.

Vitamin A is considered a powerful antioxidant, which also strengthens the protective tissue of the skin while draining the toxins in or body, keeping the pores clear and making the skin less prone to acne. The overall turnover of cells is increased after allowing the skin cells to grow at a faster rate.
It is found in dark green and yellow vegetables as well as yellow or orange fruits. Examples of these Vitamin A rich foods are broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, papaya, squash, tomatoes. It is also contained in liver, milk, cheese and whole eggs.

How to Take Vitamin A

How do you take Vitamin A for acne? You can get it from natural sources or you can take the supplement form of about 3000 to 5000 IU daily. Whichever way, you’ll be sure to effectively get rid of acne.

Vitamin E

Another strong anti-oxidant is Vitamin E. It can effectively restore damaged skin cells by eliminating the long term effects of acne while improving skin elasticity. Vitamin E also blocks the breakdown of saturated fats, eventually preventing their occurrence with other acne generating toxins. More oxygen is supplied to the red blood cells through Vitamin E.

Vitamin E is also important in the absorption of Vitamin A. Studies found a correlation between Vitamin A and Vitamin E for acne prevention. Even if you take Vitamin A for clearer skin, if you are deficient in Vitamin E, you will still develop acne. Vitamin E regulates Vitamin A in your body.

Sources of Vitamin E are green leafy vegetables, mangoes, papayas, beans, sweet potatoes, corn, eggs, sunflower seeds, wheat germ oil and raw honey.

How to Take Vitamin E

If taken as supplement, you need 30 IU of vitamin E as recommended daily. Maximum of 1500 IU can be taken everyday.

Vitamin C

A super vitamin such as Vitamin C can be found in a lot of foods and vegetables such as oranges, grapes, lemons, guava, broccoli, cauliflower to name a few but is also considered one of the vitamins for eliminating acne.

How does Vitamin A work for acne? This super vitamin allows collagen formation which helps in the reduction of acne formation. It works best in healing scars as a result of a previous acne problem. It is an anti-oxidant that wards off reactive free radicals that can damage skin cells permanently. Vitamin C improves the texture of the skin and prevents the skin problems or wrinkle formation from ultraviolet rays.

Aside from food rich in Vitamin C, it can also be taken as supplement or as a topical solution for acne. The safe dosage for Vitamin C is up to 2000 mg. Over dosage can cause gastrointestinal problem, including diarrhea, bloating, cramping and nausea.

Topical creams for acne with Vitamin C can also be prescribed by your dermatologist. If you have severe acne problem and afraid of leaving a deep scar that won’t heal, ask your doctor about Vitamin C serum. It is actually a cosmetic serum with 5% to 15% Vitamin C concentration. It is also called 1-ascorbic acid.

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamins B1, B2,B3, B5, B6 and B12 are essential to help cure acne. They are found in almost all food products we eat daily – the fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereals, beans, meat, dairy products, eggs and others. In short, you can get Vitamin B from eating the right kind of food. People, however need to be informed about the benefits of the different types of Vitamin B so as to get their full potency.

Vitamin B1 (also known as Thiamine) helps keep the skin and acne free. It is an antioxidant that gets rid of the toxins and free radicals in the body and the skin, in particular.

Vitamin B2 (also known as Riboflavin) supports healthy red blood cell formation. It also promotes healthy skin, nails and hair.

Vitamin B3 (also known as Niacinamide) promotes healthy skin and improving blood circulation are two of the tasks of Vitamin B3. To prevent acne from forming, take this B vitamin.

Vitamin B5 (also known as Pantothenic Acid) decreases stress level, which is a primary cause of acne breakouts. Pantothenic acid keeps the activities of the sebaceous glands under control. Foods with vitamin B5 are eggs, calf’s liver, corn, broccoli, soy beans to name a few.

Vitamin B6 (also known as Pyridoxine) works well with other B vitamins. It is commonly used to treat menstrual problems which can include acne formation and depression, common symptoms before a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Vitamin B12 (also known as Cobalamin) can help with overall health. For vegetarians, optimal health can be maintained by taking Vitamin B12 supplement. This is good for the maintenance of cells.
Mega Dosing of Vitamin B5

We have read articles about mega dosing of Vitamin B5. People with stubborn acne problems tend to find an overnight solution to the problem. Since Vitamin B5 claims to be effective in acne treatment, a mega dose might just be a solution, right? But we doubt that mega dosing is the answer (remember, too much of anything is bad). Many who have taken B5 more than the recommended dosage have positive feedback. On the other hand, some reported that mega dosing lead to more acne breakout.

Indeed, B5 mega dose may help cure acne by:

• reducing the production of oil or sebum
• minimizing the size of the pores
• minimizing and treating cystic acne
• flattening skin texture
• eliminating acne

However, the negative results of mega doses of B5 may include:

• permanent hair loss even after you stop taking high dose of B5
• dry skin, eyes, mouth and hands
• bad acne breakouts
• problems with menstrual cycle changes
• no signs of improvement
• dry vaginal area
• diarrhea and gas
• bladder infection
• drowsiness and nausea

So then mega dosing of B5 or any vitamin B is not recommended. If you are deficient in one or many of these vitamins, you can still suffer from acne breakouts.

The good news is that you can easily get these vitamins altogether in one Vitamin B complex. Available in tablets or capsules, they can help your skin get rid of unsightly acne and acne scars.

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