Acne is a difficult skin condition to live with and for most people it can be the source of great embarrassment; sometimes depending on the severity of the outbreaks it can be even worse than that. Nearly everyone has either been effected themselves by acne or they know someone close to them who has; unfortunately the over-the-counter medicines that are used don’t always help to clear things up and the individuals concerned very often have to live with the problem of having poor skin. This perhaps why many people are avoiding the rising costs of the expensive medicines in favour of more cost effective remedies and one such remedy is pantothenic acid for acne, or vitamin B5 as it is often referred to.
What Makes Pantothenic Acid Work on Acne?
The sebaceous glands produce fatty acids that in an acne sufferer block the pores in the skin, when this happens the blocked pores become inflamed and often infected; the result is that acne then occurs. Taking a high dosage of pantothenic acid creates Coenzyme-A, when this is produced it helps to break down the fatty deposits and prevents the appearance and outbreak of acne.
In many cases, the people that have chosen to use pantothenic acid to help treat their acne have found that in just a few short weeks the acne is under much better control, and that continued use of this acid helps to alleviate all of the symptoms of acne; leaving the skin looking and feeling tighter than before.
What Forms Does It Come in?
Essentially there are three different ways that you can use pantothenic acid, these are as follows:
- In tablet form
- In powder form
- As a topical cream
How to Use Pantothenic Acid in Tablet Form
For most people this will be the preferred method of using this acne treatment; normally the tablets will come in 500mg sizes. The required dosages can vary from person to person, so it might take a little time to establish the correct amount for you.
Generally speaking the following is normally recommended as the daily intake:
- Take about 2 grams for the first few days
- Up the dosage to 10 grams for the first 2-3 months or until such point as the acne has cleared up
- Gradually reduce the dosage levels back down, normally by just 1 gram each week until you find a level that keeps the acne away
Because the pantothenic acid comes in 500mg sizes this will mean taking as many as 20 tablets when on the maximum dosage, it is important to spread the tablets out during the day; either by taking half in the morning and the other half at night or by taking 5 tablets 4 times each day.
Possible Side Effects from Pantothenic Acid
The maximum dose of 10 grams is considered to be very high and as a result there are sometimes side effects, fortunately these are not normally too severe.
Possible side effects:
- An upset stomach leading to mild diarrhoea
- Feeling hungry with a general increase in appetite
- Chapped lips
Other Ways to Take Pantothenic Acid
If you are not a big fan of taking large amounts of pills then it is still possible to use pantothenic acid to treat your acne, the other ways are as follows:
In powder form:
- Make up a mix of powder in 8 – 10oz of water
- Drink this as the first drink each day
- Avoid eating or drinking anything else until the mixture has been absorbed into the body – usually 45 – 60 minutes
It should be noted that this method is normally quite a bit cheaper to undertake than talking tablets; however to ensure that the correct amount of powder is used it will require a set of general kitchen scales.
This should be followed each day until the acne start to clear up, for most people this will be somewhere between 1 and 2 months.
In topical form:
- This will be by using a cream purchased from a pharmacy
- Wash the facial area and allow to dry naturally
- Gently apply the cream to the required areas of the face, taking care to ensure it is not under or over applied
- Leave the cream to allow it to be absorbed properly into the skin
The cream would need to be applied each day onto the affected areas, most people start to notice a visible improvement after just a week or so; once this happens it may be possible to apply the cream every other day or less as required.
As with any other medicines or acne remedies, it is important to consult your healthcare professional if you start to either feel unwell from this treatment or notice a reaction on your skin areas.