Using Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
as an Acne Treatment
Pantothenic Acid Works
Many people have commented before that I recommend Vitamin B5 (pantothenic
acid) a lot to acne sufferers. There happens to be a reason for that: It is
what cleared my acne. Totally. 100% Eliminated. If you haven't tried it
before, I strongly urge you to give it a go, it really is amazing stuff.
acid, also known as Vitamin B5, is commonly supplemented in large doses to
reduce oil production and help rid your skin of acne. It works like Accutane,
in the sense that it reduces oil production. Pantothenic acid, however, works
by helping your body to metabolize the fats in your body that later turn into
sebum. Accutane actually shrinks the oil glands to block the oil from coming
through to your face. Since pantothenic acid addresses the underlying problem,
it is, in fact, the more efficient solution.
get into the details of how exactly pantothenic acid works. During your
natural metabolism process, your body breaks down fats. When your body lacks
enough coenzyme-A, not all of these fats can be broken down, and your body has
to get rid of them some how, so they are ejected through your oil glands on
your skin in the form of sebum (oil). By creating more coenzyme-A, these extra
fats can be broken down with the rest, and oil production will be greatly
is made up of three things: Cysteine, ATP and Pantothenic Acid. Your body
takes care of cysteine and ATP by producing it by itself, so Vitamin B5 is the
only thing that you have to take in through food. By supplementing with
pantothenic acid, more coenzyme-A is producted, fats are broken down better,
and less oil ends up on your skin. Without too much oil on your face, when a
pore gets clogged, the p. acnes bacteria will have nothing to feed upon and
can't thrive to cause acne in the first place.
that pantothenic acid works for more than 90% of the people who take it,
including myself, it's a very effective medication. Since it's all natural and
water soluble, it's much safer than Accutane, which only works for 70%-80% of
the people who take it. It's also more efficient than Accutane, because it
eliminates the problem, instead of covering it up by shrinking the glands and
trapping the fats inside the body.
with Pantothenic Acid
As I've said before, to address a pantothenic acid deficiency, you have to
take large amounts of it, up to around 12 grams or so. Not everyone has to
take quite that much though, so the recommended dosage is as follows: Start
out with around 4 grams per day. Always divide the doses into 4 times per day,
spreading them out as much as possible. To prevent stomach irritation, the
only known side effect of pantothenic acid, try to take it with food or at
least a glass of water.
the 4 grams doesn't work for you, slowly ramp it up until you start to see
results, stopping at around 12 grams. When you find a dose that seems to be
working for you, stay with it for about two months straight, continuing to
divide the doses so that you are splitting the dose into 4 parts. After those
two months or so, you should be able to slack back on it until you start
seeing negative results to find out how much you will need to continue to take
as a "maintenance dose".
only thing to watch out for is that pantothenic acid can deplete your body of
other B vitamins, so a B-50 complex should be taken with it. Some say you
should also take Zinc with it, though I only take B-50.
pantothenic acid has to be taken in large doses to see results, that means you
can forget trying to get enough by eating foods high in it, or through a
multivitamin or B vitamin complex. You can even forget about taking
pantothenic acid pills, since that means you would have to take 20+ pills
every day. There's only really one reasonable way to take the amount of B5 you
will need to treat acne, which is pantothenic acid powder.
acid pills can't be found in most stores, much less the powder form of it.
Some health food stores might have it, but the ones around my area didn't. You
might be able to talk to someone at the store and have them order it for you,
though it's usually marked up quite a bit. The easiest and cheapest way to get
pantothenic acid powder is to just order it online. A Google search will
uncover many websites, such as Amazon.com, which sell pantothenic acid powder
at a great price.
Bauer is a former acne sufferer from Springfield, MO. He runs an Acne
information website called Acne Elimination.