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Vitamin A For Treating Acne

Vitamin A For Treating Acne

Acne is a condition that can strike at any age and the symptoms can be pretty demoralising for those affected. If you suffer from acne, don’t worry, you’re not alone…according to the British Skin Foundation, 80% of people between the ages of 18-30 have suffered from the condition at some point in their lives. Characterised by blackheads, whiteheads and pimples on the face, chest and back, acne is caused when skin follicles become blocked by oil or dirt. Busy lifestyle schedules, stress and poor diet are just some of the factors that may increase your chances of bad skin.

For extreme cases,  it is advised that you should visit the dermatologist, and they may prescribe you antibiotic treatments such as tetracycline.  However, there are other natural ways to treat the condition and Vitamin A is one of these, but how does it work?

What Is Vitamin A?

Also known as retinol, Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin which is essential for the health of your hair, skin and eyes. Being a potent antioxidant, Vitamin A helps to reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

How Can It Help Acne?

Vitamin A is the ultimate godfather when it comes to curing acne, namely due to its ability to activate the genes that generate Keratinocytes.  Keratinocytes are specialised cells which release enzymes that dissolve germs and keep toxins from entering the skin surfaces; it’s these nasty substances which cause them to become blocked up resulting in acne. Due to the short lifespan of Keratinocytes (21 days) it is essential that our bodies have a constant supply of Vitamin A to help regularly regenerate these cells.

Alongside Keratinocyte generation, the antioxidant nature of Vitamin A also helps to reduce acne symptoms by fighting free radicals from causing oxidative stress. This reduces bacteria build up in sebaceous glands (the glands that produce oil) which results in nasty breakouts.

If you suffer from acne problems, give Vitamin A supplementation a try, click here to get yours and let us know how you get on via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

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