There are a variety of different acne care treatments available for people suffering with acne. One of the lesser-known treatments involves restoring nutritional balance to the skin by taking large doses of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin and healing.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and in order for skin to function properly it’s important to get adequate amounts of nutrients into the body. Deficiencies in certain vitamins can result in an imbalance that can lead to poor skin and conditions of the skin such as acne. Therefore, can taking more vitamins that promote healthy skin function cure acne?
Vitamins A, B complex, C, E and the minerals zinc and Chromium are the most common vitamins and minerals that have been found to improve acne and promote healthy skin. You are more likely to see a difference in your skin if you are lacking in a particular nutrient and you supplement your diet with extra vitamins. However, if these vitamins are known to get rid of acne or greatly improve it than is taking more of them a good thing?
Vitamin A serves an important role in maintaining good skin and lacking in this nutrient can cause acne. Vitamin A strengthens and maintains healthy tissue and serves as an antioxidant eliminating free radicals in the body. What’s important for acne sufferers is that vitamin A helps reduce sebum production and as a result clear acne symptoms. Amounts of vitamin A such as 10,00 IU to 25,000 IU’s has been effectively used a an acne treatment in some patients. Taking large quantities of this vitamin is not without risk and side effects. Therefore, mega dosing should only be done under the guidance and supervision of a medical professional. It is recommended that pregnant women stay away from taking large doses of vitamin A because the health risks are too great.
The B vitamins are important for healthy skin tone and reducing stress in the body that can lead to acne. Some people have taken large doses of pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 as a way to clear acne successfully. Vitamin B5 works by reducing sebum production and eliminating acne by controlling the oil in the skin. Similarly, taken in large quantities, vitamin B5 may not be good and can lead to many undesirable side effects, such as upset stomach, dry skin, diarrhea, headaches, and potential hair loss. Acne treatment using vitamin B5 should be closely monitored because taken in large amounts it can lead to other vitamin deficiencies that can be more dangerous to your health. To make sure your getting the right balance of B vitamins it is recommended that you stick with a B-complex vitamin in order to avoid the negative side effects associated with taking B5 alone or in high quantities.
Antioxidants such as vitamins E and C promote healing, prevent infection and support the overall immune system. Then these vitamins are taken in the right amounts skin is more healthy and acne can be healed and prevented.
Lastly, healthy skin relies on the intake of the right minerals intake. Surprisingly, studies have shown that more than 80% of people suffering from acne are lacking the mineral Chromium. Chromium helps maintain the balance of insulin. By keeping sugar levels in balance you can decrease oil production in the skin and prevent acne from occurring. Zinc also works by maintaining the hormonal balance in the body and therefore reducing the occurrence of acne flare-ups.
It’s true that many people have reduced or even cured their acne by taking extra vitamins as a method for treating acne. However, there are many things to consider before you supplement your diet with vitamins and you should realize that taking more than the recommended dosage of vitamins can not only make acne worse, but it can be harmful to your health. It should be generally safe to take a regular multi-vitamin or vitamin designed specifically for treating acne, but you should always do your research and discuss all possible options with a competent health practitioner before you get started.