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Acne and Vit. A

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2011 at 5:02 AM

If my acne and skin become noticeably improved with 15,000 IU of vitamin A daily from cod liver oil, can I reasonably conclude that I need 15,000 IU of it daily for improved health? Or does vitamin A mask a deeper cause of acne?

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 08, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Yep, multiple brands, even multivitamins. Vitamin E does it too.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 08, 2012
at 03:18 PM

You sure it's the vitamin A and not other things in the supplement? Did you try different brands?

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

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on December 01, 2011
at 06:08 AM

Cool thanks dude.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on December 01, 2011
at 12:46 AM

I take a 10000iu retinol supplement derived from cod liver oil. No side effects. If you get sufficient fat soluble vitamins as well as have a high metabolism taking that much vit A should cause no problems in my experience.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

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on November 30, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Also, do you get side effects like chapped lips, dry/flaky skin...?

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

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on November 30, 2011
at 07:41 PM

^ I second that question... would love to know how your getting that much A.

D7b01bbfd0b91a12c4aea43fb20adf15

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on November 30, 2011
at 03:38 PM

what form/supplement are you taking? Not concerned about synthetic vit A?

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on November 30, 2011
at 10:52 AM

I like your question! I've known folks who eat a crappy diet, shovel down pills of accutane and the acne disappeared. Vitamin A alone can't be the solution.

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:08 AM

Stop taking the Vitamin A. If you're acne comes back, and you start taking Vitamin A again and your skin clears, then yes you could say that Vitamin A helped to improve your acne. Also try taking it with zinc; there have been studies that zinc + vitamin A also helps.

http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/4/469
http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/113/1/31

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 30, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Vitamin A supplementation causes acne for me. Go figure.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 08, 2012
at 03:18 PM

You sure it's the vitamin A and not other things in the supplement? Did you try different brands?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 08, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Yep, multiple brands, even multivitamins. Vitamin E does it too.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on November 30, 2011
at 01:05 PM

Acne is usually caused by a high metabolism which keeps the skin oily(which is good), your immune system needs vit A to combat the bacteria on your oily skin.

I personally think vit A needs are very high and take ~50000IU daily, been doing this for months with nothing but health benefits.

D7b01bbfd0b91a12c4aea43fb20adf15

(574)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:38 PM

what form/supplement are you taking? Not concerned about synthetic vit A?

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on November 30, 2011
at 07:41 PM

^ I second that question... would love to know how your getting that much A.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on November 30, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Also, do you get side effects like chapped lips, dry/flaky skin...?

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on December 01, 2011
at 06:08 AM

Cool thanks dude.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on December 01, 2011
at 12:46 AM

I take a 10000iu retinol supplement derived from cod liver oil. No side effects. If you get sufficient fat soluble vitamins as well as have a high metabolism taking that much vit A should cause no problems in my experience.

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