Hello I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about vitamins? About the dosage and possible side effects? I especially am wondering about B5, as I've heard some serious horror stories about hairloss, is this only going to happen if you take megadoses?
Posted 27 March 2014 - 08:45 AM
I've had some of the worst acne possible, starting from when I was 13 and I've been on accutane twice. During my second phase of accutane I decided to quit (1 month into the treatment) due to the severe side effects I was encountering. Determined to find a better way, I stumbled upon this book which I cannot more highly recommend. Since then I have been experimenting with vitamin A and I couldn't be happier with the results. I know that vitamin A is the cure for acne, because when I stop taking it my acne comes back in hordes, and when I start taking it again it goes away, and I've now done that about 3 times every single time with the exact same results (I stop taking it, it comes back, I take it again and it goes away). However, it upsets me that nobody in the acne communities seems to mirror my experiences (even though that book I referenced contains copious amounts of scientific studies that show vitamin a curing acne). Accutane is a vitamin A derivative, so its no surprise that just taking regular vitamin a (in much smaller doses) should have similar benefits (without the dangerous side effects). In addition the mechanism of action is known, sebaceous glands have vitamin a (and vitamin d) receptors, which regulate oil production. As such the more vitamin a (and vitamin d) you have in your blood stream the less oil these glands will produce. My skin has very small pores, so when my glands overproduce oil a scenario happens consistently where the glands are producing more oil than the small pores are able to release (causing terrible acne). So anyway, long story short, I highly recommend buying a bottle of cod liver oil and taking a teaspoon of it every night with dinner (for best absorption). Cod liver oil contains high amounts of both vitamin a and vitamin d. If you decide to start taking it, just like with accutane, you will have an initial acne flareup where it seems to be getting worse and this happens for me about 1 week into taking it, but then after that it will go away permanently as long as you continue to take it every night.
Best of luck, stranger.
Edited by ring2ding, 27 March 2014 - 09:28 AM.
Posted 06 April 2014 - 01:13 AM
Posted 08 April 2014 - 12:34 PM
I've been taking a supplement called Herpanacine and it's helped tremendously. I supplement it with 2T of apple cider vinegar diluted with water that I drink each morning and have seen great results so far - only into my third week but I already see changes (no new pimples at all, just some red marks from previous ones).
Posted 20 April 2014 - 12:19 PM
Yes, vitamins can help and you do not have to "megadose" ... just get the daily recommended amount. Look at the label for the %DV on the vitamin bottle to learn how much to take.
The sebum of people suffering from acne is generally deficient in Vitamin E (1/2 X) and has an excess of Squalene (2 to 3X). Vitamin E protects Squalene from oxidative cleavage into free radicals when you go out in the sun. The free radicals attack the skin, causing inflammation, and can result in a pimple. This is the reason it is important that you daily wear a good sunscreen, SFP 30 or higher, and that you also use an antioxidant cream containing Green Tea or Superoxide Dimutase.
Acneic skin is also generally deficient in essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid.
Vitamins A, E, C ... L-carnitine, Zinc, alpha lipoic acid, panthothenic acid taken daily can help build up your serum levels to correct these deficiencies and all play a role in either sebum production or acne formation.
Any excess vitamins that you "megadose" are simply excreted from your body. So megadosing has no beneficial effect.
Ooops! Forgot to mention ... Vitamin B5 is also known as Pantothenic Acid ... you can also take it as D - Calcium Pantothenate. The daily recommended DV for Vitamin B5 is 12 milligrams per day.
The OTC product Pantothen contains something like 800 milligrams per dose, which is roughly 22,500 times the daily recommended amount. What happens to all that excess Vitamin B5? It's excreted in your urine.
So, yes, Vitamin B5 is good and can help reduce sebum production, but don't megadose. Take it as recommended.
Posted 12 May 2014 - 03:41 AM
Hi, Acne are common skin problems that can be found in multiples at face , back, and neck. Among the vitamins that has been prescribed by dermatologist before is Vitamin A.
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