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Vitamin D3 Acne
My vitamin D level was at 12 and so I was placed on D3 50, 000 for 8 weeks. If my level isn't up now should I do another 8 weeks or try something else?
Depends: This depends on your lab results. I recommend that D3 levels be maintained in the 60-70 ng/dl range. Usual dose to be in that range is 5-7, 000 IU per day. If you are taking 50, 000 units per week, please be sure to take it with a meal. ...Read more
Does vitamin D3 help clear acne (not genetic or hormonal)? I've been taking vitD3 for a week. Instead of clearing up, I'm breaking out on chin & cheeks
Do it right: Vitamin d isn't the answer to your acne, and overdoing it is just asking for kidney stones and other serious health problems. Same for vitamin a. I'm sorry you read this junk on the internet. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength rx. Acne is a serious illness and deserves 21st-century treatment. ...Read more
I understand your concern about Acne.
Some patients have had good results with fish liver oil and Vitamin d, possibly due to Omega-3 fatty acids in fish. There are no clinical research documenting the benefit.
Acne can become worse due to hormones, stress, carbohydrate-rich foods —bread, bagels and chips, and exposure to sun.
See a Dermatologist for treatment.
See a Psychiatrist for stress. ...Read more
How much sunlight exposure a day is actually healthy without applying sunscreen? Have vitamin d deficiency and acne. Use SPF 30 moisturizer everyday.
The CDC (Center for: Disease control) indicates 'unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's uv rays in as little as 15 minutes (esp. From 10am-4pm). Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.' spf30 is good and take vitamin d supplementation as directed by your physician based on your specific deficiency. Best regards for a sunny but protected future. ...Read more
Does zinc (20mg to 50mg a day) from the vitamin store help decrease acne? Is it worth a trying for a few months, in an otherwise healthy person?
Many good ones:
There are many vitamins and minerals proven to help acne. Vitamin a, c, e, d, zinc, selenium ; chromium ; fish oil can help. Minimize fried foods, dairy and sweets.
An interesting website that discusses home remedies is http://www. Earthclinic. Com/cures/acne. Html
here people discuss what has and has not worked for them. ...Read more
Not helpful: Vitamins not for acne as a general rule. Vitamins are designed to be used to replace things that are not present in your diet or you don't get normally. In the us and most developed countries vitamins provide a nice yellow color to your urine and are excreted. Nutraceutical industry is bigger than pharmaceutical industry and don't require scientific proof to advertise. Save money eat healthy. ...Read more
Nothing: No such vitamin exists.Get a more detailed answer ›
There aren't any: Forget all the nonsense about magic vitamins that you read online. Acne is a non-lifestyle, non-hygiene-related illness that's a serious personal and professional liability. You owe it to yourself to prevent / treat flareups with topical benzoyl peroxide 5%. If this isn't effective, get with your personal physician. ...Read more
No, but...: I'm among a minority of physicians who believe it's wise for everyone to take a cheap vitamin-and-mineral supplement daily, because of the way our world is. You'll also do well to get with a scientific physician; acne can be treated effectively, usually at little cost, and the medicines (vitamin a analogues, antibiotics) are mother nature's gifts. ...Read more
Need to see a derm: Severe acne is hardly ever able to be treated with vitamins alone, unfortunately. And the appropriate treatment requires comprehensive planning by you and a dermatologist who specializes in acne. Vitamin c and zinc are good vitamins for skin care in general and amy have some positive effect in improving acne. ...Read more
Do better: Megadose pantothenic acid is probably safe enough though there anecdotes of bizarre side effects at the huge doses required; it may or may not help the acne. This is the 21st century and you have a right to something that actually works well & safely. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative, and move to systemic antibiotics as possible if needed. ...Read more