How Pantothenic Acid Works
Many people have commented before that I highly recommend vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid, or simply “PA”) to acne sufferers. Turns out, there’s a reason for that – it’s what cleared my acne. Totally. 100% removed. If you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend you give it a try, it really is something amazing.
Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5, is commonly supplemented in large doses to reduce oil production and help clear acne from the skin. It works like Accutane, in that it reduces oil production. PA, however, works by helping your body metabolize fats in your body which are then converted to sebum. Accutane actually shrinks the sebaceous glands to prevent the oil from reaching your face. Since PA addresses the underlying problem, it is, in fact, the most efficient solution.
Let’s get into the details of exactly how PA works. During its natural metabolism process, your body breaks down fats. When your body lacks enough coenzyme A, not all of these fats can be broken down, and your body has to get rid of them in some way, so they are expelled through the skin’s sebaceous glands in the form of sebum (oil). . . By creating more coenzyme A, these extra fats can be broken down with the rest and oil production will be greatly reduced.
Coenzyme A is made up of three things: cysteine, ATP, and PA. Your body takes care of cysteine and ATP by producing them on its own, which is why vitamin B5 is the only thing you need to ingest through food. By supplementing with pantothenic acid, more coenzyme A is produced, fats are broken down better, and less oil ends up on the skin. Without too much oil on the face, when a pore becomes clogged, the p. Acne bacteria will have nothing to feed on and cannot thrive to cause acne in the first place.
Considering that PA works for over 90% of the people who take it, including myself, it is a very effective drug. Since it is completely natural and water soluble, it is much safer than Accutane, which only works for 70% -80% of the people who take it. It is also more efficient than Accutane, because it eliminates the problem, rather than covering it up by shrinking the glands and trapping the fats within the body.
Supplement with pantothenic acid
Like I said before, to address a pantothenic acid deficiency, you need to take large amounts, up to around 12 grams or so. However, not everyone has to take that much, so the recommended dose is as follows: Start with about 4 grams per day. Always divide the doses 4 times a day, spreading them out as much as possible. To prevent stomach irritation, the only known side effect of pantothenic acid, try taking it with food or at least a glass of water.
If the 4 grams doesn’t work for you, slowly increase until you start to see results, stopping at around 12 grams. When you find a dose that seems to be working for you, stick with it for about two months in a row and continue dividing the doses to divide the dose into 4 parts. After those two months or so, you should be able to relax until you start to see negative results so you know how much you will need to keep taking as a “maintenance dose.”
The only thing to keep in mind is that pantothenic acid can deplete other B vitamins in the body, so a B-50 complex should be taken. Some say you should also take zinc, although I only take B-50.
Since pantothenic acid has to be taken in large doses to see results, that means you can forget about trying to get enough by eating foods rich in it or by using a multivitamin or vitamin B complex. You may even forget to take pantothenic acid pills, already that means you would have to take more than 20 pills every day. There is really only one reasonable way to take the amount of B5 that you will need to treat acne, which is powdered pantothenic acid.
Pantothenic acid pills cannot be found in most stores, let alone in powder form. Some health food stores may have it, but those in my area do not. You may be able to speak to someone at the store and ask them to order it for you, although it is usually marked quite a bit. The easiest and cheapest way to get pantothenic acid powder is to simply order it online. A Google search will reveal many websites, like Amazon.com, that sell powdered pantothenic acid at a great price.
Written by Ryan Bauer