How does vitamin A?
So what are these pore-specific behaviors that cause acne?
In addition to a mass of dead skin cells forming under the skin, a sticky layer begins to form as well and creates what is called a microcomodone. A microcomodone is the initial stage of an escape, under the skin, consisting of sticky dead skin cells. These can not be seen just by looking at the surface of your skin! They will remain under the skin for up to 90 days before you can see or feel the surface.
Now that we know that at the skin level, acne is a genetic condition in which pores are turning many dead skin cells in a day (compared to a normal cell), it makes sense that we want to decrease cellular turnover E treat acne from the inside out. It is here that vitamin A can be beneficial because vitamin A (in specific forms) slows down the turnover of cells. In short:
Vitamin A helps repair the skin so that dead skin cells deviate less (a.k.a. decreases cellular turnover), often leading to less clogged pores. There are also side effects, such as reduced inflammation and reduced androgens in the skin, which can also contribute to clogged pores.
Those with inflammatory acne are often assumed to have low / decreased amounts of vitamin A in their bodies.
Vitamin A Food
Vitamin A comes in many forms. You can get an active form of vitamin A (retinol) from animal products, mainly eat liver weekly or drink cod liver oils daily. You are unlikely to meet the therapeutic dose of vitamin A through diet alone without these animal sources of vitamin A (retinol).
Unfortunately, these sources of vitamin A are also provocative of acne due to their high levels of iodine and androgen (testosterone) stimulant side effects.
Carotenoids are another form of vitamin A, found in carrots, orange-yellow vegetables and green leaves. The consumption of provitamin A (carotenoids), a precursor of the retinol form of vitamin A, which is in plant sources, will not be enough to reach the recommended 10,000 IU of vitamin A per day.
You only absorb about 1/12 of the carotenoids through digestion, so supplementation is absolutely necessary.
Acne Vitamin A Supplements
The active form of vitamin A (retinoids) has an upper safety limit of 10,000 IU per day. Most supplements do not exceed 5,000 IU of retinoids.
If you are diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding, seek medical advice before you are finished with vitamin A.
You can not overdose on provitamin A (carotenoids), but your skin may turn orange if you take too much. Just taking less will alleviate the problem.
Since there is a wide range of consensus that vitamin A is one of the best treatments for acne, we recommend the Vitamedica Healthy Skin supplement for mild to moderate acne and in cases of more severe acne, the Daily Packages of Clear Skin Formula slightly stronger. The mixtures of acne vitamins we offer are made up of the vegetable form of vitamin A carotenoid, Betanin and vitamin A retinoid, palmitate which is commonly found in much smaller amounts in skim milk (but as cow’s milk is a trigger for acne, this is not a recommended source). The blends also contain a proprietary blend of herbs and some of the other best acne vitamins, such as zinc and selenium.
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Jessica has been a medical beautician, certified trainer for acne and healing diets since 2003. Like many, she fought against acne and was frustrated with an endless cycle that cleared and then returned. He decided to find a way to clear acne without pharmaceuticals. Today, it offers a complete acne regimen – combining proven products, natural supplements and lifestyle changes – with a 90% success rate. Her natural acne clinic just outside of Denver, Colorado and she also offers virtual treatment programs for people across the country.