Acne and Vitamin B5 – Is Pantothenic Acid an Acne Cure?

Acne is a very common skin complaint affecting about 80% of teenagers. Although a worldwide and longstanding problem there is no agreement about its cause. In 1995 Dr. L.H. Leung published a study he had done on 100 acne patients.

The patients were 55 women and 45 men and had ages ranging between 10 and 30 and 80% of the group had ages 13 and 23.

The treatment consisted solely of vitamin B5. Dr. Leung knew that Pantothenic acid helps the body deal with fats and in particular fatty acids. And also that B5 supports the functioning of the adrenal glands.

He hypothesised that it may also have a role in the production of androgens – the most well known of which is testosterone. And further that if there was a deficiency of Pantothenic acid in the diet the body would over produce testosterone. There would then be a build up of fatty acids which would be excreted by the sebaceous glands giving the typically problems of acne.

To test the theory he prescribed tablet and a cream buy mk2866 Ostarine sarms containing B5. The dose delivered by the tablets was 10 grams of B5 divided into 4 tablets a day. The cream had B5 mixed into it 20% by weight. The patients were told to use the cream 4 to 6 times per day.

One or two days into this pioneering acne treatment there was a noticeable decrease in the production of sebum. In simply terms less oil was being produced by the sebaceous glands and so the acne problem was decreasing. After one or two weeks existing acne scars were healing and fewer acne breakouts were observed. No side effects were noticed.

Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 is a vitamin that occurs in a wide range of foods so why would folks suffer from acne? The simple answer is dosage. To get 10 to 20 mg used by Dr. Leung a higher than average amount of B5 had to ne used. Whether acne suffers eat a poor quality diet without enough B5 in it or whether they simply need more B5 on a daily basis than the rest of the population is unclear. It could even be that acne is simply a vitamin B5 deficiency disease in the same way that the disease of beriberi is a vitamin B1 deficiency disease and that scurvy is a vitamin C deficiency disease.