The Role of Vitamins
When treating acne, internal factors can be addressed with proper diet, and supplements including vitamin therapy.
Vitamin A and Vitamin E
Oral and topical supplements such as Vitamin A, work to strengthen the protective tissue of the skin, and prevent acne formation by reducing sebum. Vitamin A also prevents hyperkeratosis (thickening) of the sebaceous follicles. In clinical studies, a deficiency of Vitamin A can actually cause acne. When Vitamin A and Vitamin E are combined, they work synergistically and are much more effective.
Scientists have linked various aspects of immune health to a Vitamin D3 deficiency. A Vitamin D3 deficiency may have an influence in the development and progression of various diseases. When treating acne, boosting immunity with vitamins such as D3 should be considered as proactive therapy, and may help to reduce acne break outs.
How Does Vitamin D3 Work?
Vitamin D3 acts as an immune system modulator, preventing expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the efficacy of macrophages. It also stimulates anti-microbial peptides which exist in immune cells such as neutrophils, (white blood cells) monocytes, and natural killer cells. Vitamin D3 could help reduce inflammation associated with inflamed acneic conditions.
The Importance of B Vitamins
Vitamin B therapy should be considered when treating or preventing acne. B Vitamins regulate the activity of sebaceous glands, and follicular keratinization. In clinical studies, deficiencies of Vitamin B5 are known to contribute to acneic conditions.
The Affects of Caffeine
Caffeine can affect and deplete important B-complex vitamins, and can interfere with carbohydrate metabolism and liver function, which help to regulate blood sugar as well as estrogen levels in female patients.
Vitamins such as Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, and has been found to be very effective in treating acne. In clinical studies, the topical use of 4% niacinamide (B3) applied twice daily, has been shown to be just as effective as clindamycin in controlling acne bacteria. B3 (niacinamide) is also anti-inflammatory, and studies have shown that when used together with biotin, (Vitamin B8) it is much more effective.
Clinical studies have shown that a rapid rise in blood sugar can cause inflammation in the body. Vitamin B6 plays a role in metabolizing proteins, sugars, and fatty acids, and can help control inflammation associated with increased blood sugar levels. In clinical studies, it was found that a deficiency of Vitamin B6 can contribute to inflamed skin conditions. Using Vitamin B6 will help control inflammation, maintain a healthy immune system, and produce antibodies to fight infection.
Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
Pantothenic acid is a water soluble vitamin and is required to sustain life. In clinical studies, it was shown that a deficiency of pantothenic acid (B5) could lead to the development of acne. Vitamin B5 would benefit all skin conditions, especially acne, inflamed, and dehydrated skin.
Tissue Repair, Anti-Inflammatory
With the ability to retain moisture in the skin, pantothenic acid can be of benefit in the tissue repair process, in wound healing, is anti-inflammatory, and can reduce scarring.
Retains Moisture, Reduces Oil
Pantothenic acid reduces the amount of sebum produced by sebaceous glands, by retaining moisture in the skin.
Reduces Stress, Balances Hormones
Pantothenic acid helps reduce stress, balances hormones, and is needed for proper function of the adrenal glands.
Summary; The Role of Vitamins
Acne may be caused from internal factors or systemic disease, and may improve with proper diet and vitamin therapy. Reducing inflammation with a healthy diet and Vitamin B6 may help reduce acne lesions, and reduce risk factors to pigment scarring. The importance of B Vitamins should be considered to regulate the activity of the sebaceous glands, which will help reduce acne lesions. Vitamin deficiencies such as B5 are known to contribute to acneic conditions, and should be considered with acne therapy as well.
Supplementation with vitamin A has been found to be beneficial in a number of inflammatory conditions, including skin disorders such as acne vulgaris. Studies suggest that a Vitamin A deficiency induces inflammation, and promotes existing inflammatory states. For optimal therapy, treating or preventing acne with vitamin therapy should be considered. Synergistic therapy using Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B8, A, E, and D3, will boost the immune system, and help control acne skin conditions.
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