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Vitamin A for Acne

Updated on August 13, 2009

Everyone is concerned with acne. Many men, women and teens struggles with acne.

In most recent discovery, Vitamin A is getting the most attention. It's being touted as one of the most effective natural supplements in the battle against acne.

But for most cases, not a single vitamin alone, not even vitamin A, will solve a chronic acne problem.

Does vitamin A really work for acne?

Acne is a complex phenomenon, even if it's only a red spot on your skin. Experts recommend vitamin A because in many cases people suffering from acne lack this vitamin A.

The huge step forward by adding vitamin A to an acne treatment is that it treats the causes of acne, not just the symptoms of it.

In studies, a deficiency in Vitamin A could lead to acne as it helps to reduce your skin's oil production and acts as antioxidant that flushes toxins from your body, thus less prone to acne breakouts.

Acne has many causes that bundle together – oily skin, oil based medications, stress, environmental pollutants, contraceptives, genes, nutrition and hygiene. Although you can change some of these, you are not able to choose your hormone level or kind of fat in your body.

This is where vitamin A plays an interesting role in acne treatment. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning it is able to combine with your body fat, so that it won't get out through your pores, causing acne.

The ultimate cause if your skin producing too much oil, and this oil blocking your the pores of your skin. Vitamin A will regulate the oil production of your sebaceous glands, the true cause of acne.

Creams and other products on the market are quite good in cleaning this fat out of your skin, but you'll have to use them for consistently, specially if you are on your teens. Although women in the menopause are also known to get acne problems too.

Vitamin A – and other vitamins as well – will help you in your fight against acne due to their ability to provide the basic nutrients to cell. The nutrients that cells need to balance their production of sebum (skin oil) for example.

Still the best treatment is preventive. So if you or someone near are before their puberty or menopause, start a preventive treatment of acne, regulating and complementing your diet with vitamin A, vitamin E, minerals, omega 3 and other nutrients.

Exercise and plenty of rest should also be part of the fight against acne. Other preventive treatments include homemade acne remedies that work wonder for getting rid acne.


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      Devon 6 years ago

      Yep ...I agree wholeheartedly with these timely tips on combating acne with Vitamin A.


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      almasi 6 years ago

      Thanks for some useful tips.

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      bojanglesk8 8 years ago

      Nice hub.

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      fayans 8 years ago from hubsphere

      Thanks for the visit, Superman.

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      Superman05 8 years ago from Philadelphia

      Thanks for the tips, fayans. Enough sleep and taking vitamin A has noticeably helped clear up my acne.