Acne – Stopping Acne With Vitamin A


Close to 40 million Americans are troubled with acne, with 70% of those who have it being in their teens or young women in their early 20s.

There are several methods used to help control acne, but one of the best methods is to use Vitamin A or its derivative. Too much Vitamin A can be dangerous. Here is a little history on acne and Vitamin A, the benefits and draw backs, and how Vitamin A helps fight acne.


Acne is caused by three distinct factors: excess secretion of sebum (oil), bacteria (Propionibactium acnes or P.acnes) and excess amounts of dead skin. These three elements come together when the body’s pores produce excess amounts of sebum. When this occurs the oils allow the dead skins to combine together blocking the pores on the skin. Blockage of the pores traps P. acnes in, which then thrives in the oxygen depleted environment.

When this occurs, the your bloods white blood cells attack the bacteria leading to blackheads, whiteheads or pimples.

So how can Vitamin A help stop acne?

Vitamin A

Vitamin A was discovered in the early 20th century and is also called by the name retinol. It is necessary for many of the body’s organs, especially the eye, in regards to vision. It also improves the immune system and is necessary for proper skin development.

It can be found in such foods as spinach and other leafy green vegetables, also carrots, sweet potatoes, and fruits, such as cantaloupes and apricots. And of course you can find supplements to give you your daily dose of Vitamin A.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) varies depending on your age and gender. Children three years of age or younger should receive at least a 1000 International Units (IU), while men should receive a RDA of 3,000 IU (900 mcg) and women 2,330 IU (700 mcg). The upper limit for Vitamin A is 10000 IU (3000 mg) per day.

But like always too much of a good thing,including Vitamin A, can be a bad thing for you. Called Hypervitaminosis A, which refers to a high level of Vitamin A in the body, can cause devastating effects in the body. Such symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headaches, poor muscle coordination and blurred vision.

Eating too many foods containing Vitamin A or retinol, should not lead to having too much of this vitamin, unless you really, really, love liver. But you cannot not use receiving excess amounts of Vitamin A from your veggies or liver as an excuse not to eat them. But you can get too much by taking an excess amount of Vitamin A supplements!

The health effects of too much of this vitamin are not well documented and some studies contradict others. For example, some studies caution that excessive ingestion of Vitamin A can lead to osteoporosis, yet others show no link at all to high levels of Vitamin A and osteoporosis.

Acne And Vitamin A

To control acne, you need to disrupt one of the three things that lead to acne, sebum secretion, creation of dead skin cells or P. acnes.

Vitamin A does this by disrupting the formation of dead skin cells by removing them more effectively from the pores. More over, the lack of Vitamin A can also lead to skin infections and chronic out breaks of acne.

Bottom line, Vitamin A helps prevent acne and helps in stopping it.

Using Vitamin A To Stop Acne

You can eat the foods that contain Vitamin A and take supplements, just ensure you do not exceed the 10,000 IU. To minimize the risk of ingesting high amounts of Vitamin A, it is recommended that people with acne take a Vitamin A derivative called retinoid. These usually come in the form of creams and have been shown to effectively eliminate acne.


Vitamin A has been shown to be effective at controlling acne. You can do this by eating foods rich in Vitamin A or taking supplements. But you need to not exceed the daily dose of 10,000 IU to prevent adverse health effects. If you are worried about taking high amounts of Vitamin A, then you may want to consider using retinoid.


Jimmy C has been studying skin care for many years. Being a victim of acne in his younger days, he has researched this subject to help people prevent and stop acne. He has also studied many aspects of caring for the bodies skin and keeping it youthful and free of irritants. For more information on caring for acne go to his web sites at Skin Care or Acne.

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