Diet and acne, with regard to oil production
Vaccine therapy for P. acnes-associated diseases
'Harmless skin virus' fights acne
An excerpt from a book (not a website, which are usually fairly unreliable) on Google Books explaining how B vitamins (Niacin is B3) can regulate hormones, especially in women, and it mentions an effect on hormonal premenstrual acne.
The book is called the estrogen alternative. Pg. 170 on the google books excerpt.
500 mg of no-flush niacin daily.
Don't take time-release Niacin. It seems to be what causes liver problems.
B5 serum---from Binga post ( )
How B5 works for those who experience problems with acne: Vitamin B5 is great to help the skin with certain problems that may pop up from time to time, such as acne. Basically what the B5 does is create high amounts of Coenzyme-A. People with acne are often lacking in their metabolism of certain types of fats ~ they do not have enough Coenzyme-A in the body. The fats do not break down, and instead get deposited in your sebaceous (oil) glands. The p.acne bacteria feeds off of this sebum, and creates acne. Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5) is must be present to make coenzyme-A (CoA), and is a must for metabolism and synthesis of nutrients which we get from certain foods. Vitamin B5 is often used to help treat acne and is quite effective when used on a regular basis to do so. This vitamin can be a strong weapon against acne. Many people swear by vitamin B5 for many of the skin care treatments to aid the skin. If you want to get rid of acne you may want to make it part of your skin care routine.
With the aid of additional B5 (all of this extra Coenzyme-A,) these excess fats can be metabolized and oil production better controlled. The results would then be non-oily, or less-oily, skin. With a minimal amount of oil on your skin, little or no acne is produced. Compared to the acne medicine A*cutane, which also minimizes oil production but it does so by shrinking your oil glands B5 is a much healthier option. The B5 Pantothenic Acid doesn't need to shrink your oil glands, because it controls the oil simply by metabolizing it the way nature intended. An extra bonus you get with Pantothenic Acid (B5) is that it also, in time, makes your pores smaller. It is recommended to apply the B5 serum only to the areas where you have excess oil production and/or acne. Do not apply around wrinkle-prone areas, such as eyes, upper lip, etc. (these areas benefit from oil). Some might experience an initial increase of acne at first, as the pores start to clear out the old sebum in the pores. But this is only temporary, and once it's clear you can start to enjoy a new complexion!
Instead of downing massive amount of Vitamin B5 a good B5 serum might just do the trick
Check into: Biotin can cause or flair-up cystic acne in those who have suffered with it in the past???
"Comedolytic activity was assessed in acne patients by determining the reduction in facial microcomedones using the cyanoacrylate follicular biopsy technique. Microcomedones were counted in five-em squares after 8 to 12 weeks of treatment. Only salicylic acid and tretinoin among seven conventional anti-acne medications were found to possess comedolytic activity. The latter was the more effective."
Topical treatment with a retinaldehyde (0.05% w/w) and a retinoic acid formulation (0. 025% w/w) induced comedolysis and increased the epidermal thickness with the same intensity. CONCLUSION:
These data indicate that retinaldehyde exerts a significant comedolytic activity.