A 31-year-old female asked:
Will taking 10,000 iu vitamin a from fish liver oil a day help with my acne? i have mainly clogged pores
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattanoanswered
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Be careful: Vitamin A toxicity can develop after 2 years of 50,000 IU daily with liver enlargement, ascites, portal hypertension, cirrhosis. That being said, Vitamin A has a number acne-fighting properties, mostly in the form of retinol.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohananswered
Dermatology 59 years experience
NO NO NO NO: This is a toxic dose of Vitamin A and is a known cause of birth defects. "Retinoids" including tretinoin and isotretinoin are, indeed, very effective for acne. But, alas, though they are derived from Vitamin A, they have other properties which differentiate them. That is, Vitamin A will not help your acne. We have very good technology. You could do much for yourself but not without professional h
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Last updated Feb 24, 2019
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