If You're Looking for an Acne Fighting Supplement, Vitamin B5 Might Be It.


For most of my adult life, my acne-prone skin has been the bane of my existence.  The worse thing about the experience is that my skin didn't respond well to topical acne treatments so I just had to endure one outbreak after another.   The only thing that gave me some form of relief was when I adjusted my diet to reduce certain foods that triggered flare-ups.  Although that wasn't a 100% preventative measure, it did help.  

Looking back,  I wish I knew of a supplement that could somehow manage persistent breakouts from the inside out. That would've saved me hundreds of dollars from having to buy microcurrent treatments, peels, and other corrective measures to eliminate acne-induced scarring.  

The other day, I was on Amazon just browsing around.  One thing led to another and I find myself checking out reviews of panthenol (vitamin b5).  You may remember seeing Pantene commercials back in the day where they boasted about fortifying their conditioner with pro-vitamins. They basically established B5 as their hero ingredient.   Panthenol produces some wonderful results when applied topically but I wondered if it could have an inside-out effect, on our hair, when taken as a supplement.
You can imagine my surprise when I learned that most of the reviews were from happy customers who experienced clearer skin thanks to this wonderful b vitamin.  

 Take a look at these rave reviews so you can see exactly what I’m talking about.  

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Every spring I go through this ritual where I prepare myself mentally for the change that will occur to my skin in the spring and summer.  The warmer the weather the more oil production, the more oil production, the more likely I am to break out.  Typically I go through this whole pre-summer detox routine where I drink tons of lemon water and stock up on chlorophyll.  All in hopes that I can somehow prevent an onslaught of unwanted breakouts.

But this year will be different. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to sip on lemon water, spend time in the sauna, and exfoliate like my life depends on it, but this year I’m gonna incorporate vitamin B5 into my regimen so I too can experience clear skin from the inside out.

A double-blind study was conducted that measured the effects of pantothenic acid supplementation on acne.  The subjects all had mild to moderate acne and were asked to take either a B5 supplement or a placebo for 12 weeks.  You can take a look at these pictures and see the results for yourself. 
As you can see, there was a significant reduction in facial lessons (breakouts) thanks to the addition of vitamin B5.  In fact, the B5 group experienced a reduction of 67% fewer breakouts.  Here's a direct quote on how B5 works to reduce acne:

"The mechanism by which this [reduction in acne] occurs may be due to antibacterial and skin softening activity of pantothenic acid."

Antibacterial and skin softening is music to my ears.  B5 is also awesome at reducing inflammation and is said to help curb sebum production.  If you're absolutely tired of dealing with breakouts, maybe it's time to give B5 a shot.

HOLY GRAIL FOR CYSTIC ACNE! Absolutely worth trying. Only been using for over a month and my skin has cleared 99%. It’s been 7-8 years since I’ve seen my skin again. I’m forever thankful for this vitamin.

Full disclosure...some have stated that while taking B5 supplements, they've experienced hair loss.  Hair loss seems more likely to happen when someone is megadosing on B5 to try to accelerate the acne elimination process.  One piece of advice I read was to take a B-vitamin complex helps to create more of a balance B vitamins in the body.  On the other hand, a lot of people also claimed that taking B5 actually helped with their hair growth, especially when taken in the proper dosage.  In the study mentioned above, the participants took about 2.2 grams of pantothenic acid a day.  Because the researchers noted that the B5 group suffered no adverse effects, I'm guessing that this dosage didn't trigger any hair loss for the study group.  

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