Vitamin B5 and acne: a possible solution?

Vitamin B5, is the same and also known as pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid is derived from the Greek Panthos, which means everywhere. It is a water-soluble vitamin that may play a role in reducing acne. Acne is a common skin condition caused by several factors, including hormonal changes, genetics, stress and diet. There is some evidence to suggest that vitamin B5 may help reduce acne. Below we explain how vitamin B5 works and which natural sources of this vitamin are available.

Vitamin B5/pantothenic acid

Vitamin B5 is involved in the production of Coenzyme A, which plays an important role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates. CoA is an essential nutrient that plays a role in many processes in the body, including sebum production. Sebum is a fatty substance that protects the skin, but an overproduction of sebum can lead to clogged pores and acne.

People with acne may be deficient in this vitamin, which can lead to overproduction of sebum. The exact relationship between vitamin B5, CoA and acne is not yet fully understood. However, it is clear that vitamin B5 plays a role in sebum production, and a vitamin B5 deficiency can lead to an overproduction of sebum, which can contribute to acne.

More about skin advice: topic acne

What research has been done?

A 2014 study looked at the safety and effectiveness of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) for acne. The study was done with adults who had mild to moderate acne. The people were randomly divided into two groups: one group received pantothenic acid (4.4 grams of pantothenic acid twice a day) and the other group received a placebo. The study lasted 12 weeks.

After 12 weeks, the group that took pantothenic acid had much less acne than the group that took the placebo. They also suffered less from inflammation and felt better. It was safe and well tolerated.

In short, pantothenic acid can help reduce acne. It is safe and well tolerated. While this study is promising, more research is needed to confirm the relationship between pantothenic acid and acne.

Here are some possible ways pantothenic acid can help reduce acne:

  • It can reduce sebum production. Sebum is a fat that protects the skin, but too much sebum production can lead to clogged pores and acne. Pantothenic acid can help regulate sebum production, reducing the risk of acne.
  • It can reduce inflammation. Acne is often characterized by inflammation. Pantothenic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the severity of acne.
  • It can strengthen the skin barrier. A healthy skin barrier helps protect the skin against bacteria and other harmful substances. It can help strengthen the skin barrier, reducing the risk of acne.

Also good for hair

Pantothenic acid is important for hair growth and health. It helps produce keratin, a protein that keeps hair strong and healthy. Pantothenic acid can also help prevent hair loss

Specific benefits for the hair

  • Stimulates hair growth: Pantothenic acid helps produce keratin, a protein that keeps hair strong and healthy. Keratin is also important for hair growth.
  • Strengthens the hair: It helps strengthen the hair shaft, making the hair less vulnerable to breakage.
  • Helps Prevent Hair Loss: Pantothenic acid can help prevent hair loss by stimulating keratin production and strengthening the hair shaft.

Natural sources of vitamin B5

It is a water-soluble vitamin that occurs naturally in many foods. Here are some examples of foods that contain pantothenic acid:

  • Meat (especially organ meats such as liver and kidneys)
  • Fish (such as salmon and tuna)
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products (such as milk and cheese)
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Beer yeast
  • Bran

The recommended daily amount of vitamin B5 for teenagers, young adults and adults is 4-5 milligrams per day. There is no specific recommended dosage for vitamin B5 for people with acne. Some studies suggest that a dosage of 250 milligrams of vitamin B5 per day may be effective for reducing acne.

In other words

Although vitamin B5 is not a miracle cure for acne, it can help reduce sebum production and inflammation in the skin. It is important to eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin B5 and other nutrients essential for healthy skin.

How can Iconic Elements help you treat acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that can lead to pimples, blackheads and other blemishes. There are different types of acne, each with different causes and treatments.

Recognizes the correct form of acne

The first step in treating acne is to recognize the correct form of acne. There are four main types of acne:

  • Comedones: These are blackheads that form when pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells.
  • Papules: These are firm, raised spots that are usually less than an inch in diameter. They can have different shapes and colors. They start out firm, and after a few days can become full of pus and become a pimple.
  • Pustules: These are larger, pus-filled bumps that form when the inflammation is more severe.
  • Nodules/cysts: These are deep, hard bumps that form when the inflammation spreads further into the skin.
Acne Forms

More about the different forms of acne

If you suffer from mild to severe acne, it is important to consult a dermatologist. A dermatologist can help you draw up the right treatment plan and, in particular, limit or prevent scars.

Pay attention to your nutrition

There is some evidence that certain foods and supplements can make acne worse.

A meta-analysis study showed a positive correlation between the consumption of both whole milk and skimmed milk and the occurrence of acne. This means that a link has been observed between drinking these types of milk and the risk of developing acne. In contrast, no significant association between yogurt/cheese and the development of acne was seen.

Saturated fat and sugar can also contribute to the development of acne. Fatty foods, such as fast food, can promote the release of free fatty acids, which can stimulate the development of acne. Increased sugar intake (≥100 g/day) and frequent consumption (≥7 times per week) of soft drinks, such as carbonated soft drinks, sweetened tea and fruit drinks, showed significantly positive associations with acne.

Excessive vitamin B6 supplement intake has been linked to acne outbreaks. Vitamin B6 plays a role in the regulation of hormones that influence sebum production. Too much vitamin B6 can lead to excessive sebum production, which can contribute to the development of acne.

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin required for the formation of red blood cells and the proper functioning of the nervous system. There is some evidence to suggest that high doses of vitamin B12 may be linked to the development of acne. More about vitamin B12 and acne

A link has been found between the use of kelp supplements, which are rich in iodine, and acne. This form of acne is recognizable by monomorphic, inflammatory pimples on the face and upper torso.

Whey protein supplements, derived from milk and often used in bodybuilding, are associated with papulonodular acne that affects the torso and sometimes the face.

Skin care routine

A healthy skin care routine consists of the following steps:

  • Protect your skin well from the sun.
  • Cleanse your skin twice a day with a mild cleanser. Learn more: skin advice: cleansing your face
  • Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells.
  • Use a product with niacinamide to regulate sebum production and reduce inflammation. Read about what niacinamide does here .

Iconic Elements products:

Iconic Elements offers a number of products that can help treat acne. The following products are suitable for people with acne:

Cleansingmilk Step 1 and cleansinglotion Step 2:

Vitamin B5 Skin Cleansing
Iconic Elements Selection

Our Cleansing Lotion Step 1 is formulated with carefully selected ingredients, including moisturizing sunflower oil, nourishing almond oil and soothing jojoba oil. This formula is specially designed to cleanse your skin in a gentle, effective way, while at the same time maintaining your skin’s natural moisture balance. It is the ideal first step in your daily skin care routine.

Cleansing Milk Step 2 is enriched with refreshing cucumber extract, soothing lavender extract and soothing chamomile. This powerful combination of natural ingredients deeply cleanses your skin, gently removing excess oil and impurities. The result is clean, fresh skin that is ready to fully absorb the benefits of your subsequent skin care routine.

Together, these products provide a complete cleansing experience that leaves your skin soft, fresh and optimally prepared for the next steps in your beauty routine. Discover the difference of Iconic Elements Cleansing Lotion Step 1 and Cleansing Milk Step 2 for your skin.

Spot Reducer Cream: This Niacinamide skin care is formulated to effectively reduce premature spots and inflammation. This formula works deep into the skin to regulate pigment production and therefore helps reduce the visibility of unwanted spots. It is the ideal choice for those who strive for an even complexion.

Vitamin B5
Iconic Elements Selection

Targeted Pigment Serum with Arbutin and Niacinamide: Our Targeted Pigment Serum is specially formulated to target spots caused by acne. It contains powerful ingredients such as Arbutin and Niacinamide, which work together to improve skin texture and reduce pigmentation. This serum penetrates deeply to tackle pigment more intensely and gives you more radiant, even skin.

Firming Booster Serum with Bakuchiol and Cyclopeptide-5: The Firming Booster Serum is your ally in repairing skin damage due to inflammation. With Bakuchiol, an effective alternative to retinol, and Cyclopeptide-5, this serum focuses on firming and rejuvenating the skin. It stimulates collagen production, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, while firming and repairing the skin for a youthful appearance.

These Iconic Elements products have been carefully formulated to help you achieve radiant, smooth and youthful skin. Add them to your daily skin care routine and discover the benefits of these powerful formulas for yourself.

Iconic Elements creams and serums can be used simultaneously, which is also known as ‘layering’. Start by applying the serum and let it absorb completely before applying the Spotreducer.

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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