Vitamin B5 and acne

A researcher Dr. Lit-Hung Leung published a paper in 1997 hypothesizing a link between insufficient levels of vitamin b5 and acne. He recommends megadoses of vitamin b5 (a total of 10 grams per day) to reduce sebum production, thus reducing the severity of acne outbreaks. Within 8 weeks, Dr. Leung discovered that his subjects had greatly reduced acne severity. Pore size was even reduced.

Most doctors are leery of recommending such high dosages of any vitamin, and very little research has been done to prove or disprove Dr. Leung's findings.

What is vitamin b5?

Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid. Vitamin B5 is nearly ubiquitous in the human body, found in almost all cells. It acts as a catalyst in a wide variety of chemical reactions and is a fundamental chemical in the life cycle.

Vitamin b5 is water-soluble.

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Is vitamin b5 effective against acne?

Apart from Dr. Leung's study, only anecdotal evidence exists to support the link between megadoses of Vitamin B5 and acne. At this time, we frankly do not know whether this type of vitamin therapy is effective against acne.

As with any vitamin (even water-soluble vitamins like b5) it can be a bad idea to take megadosages. These can lead to side effects and in extreme cases even toxicity, although this is rare. Instead of self-experimentation with vitamins you should consider a recommended acne treatment.

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