Recent medical studies link acne with some vitamin deficiencies: “We found that concentrations of vitamin A in plasma (blood) from patients with acne were significantly lower than the control group (336.5 vs. 418.1 g / L, respectively) P = 0.007. We also found that concentrations of vitamin E in plasma of patients with acne were significantly lower than the control group (5.4 vs. 5.9 mg / L) P = 0.05. Furthermore, we found a strong relationship between decreased levels of vitamin A in plasma and increased the severity of acne conditions. Patients with severe acne had concentrations of vitamins A and E in plasma significantly lower than those with lower acne grade and received health checks for their age.”
Some types of acne may be related to deficiencies of vitamins A and E.
Acne is the scourge of adolescence. For most it is something embarrassing and annoying that appears at the most inopportune time of their lives. But for others it may represent something more severe physical and emotional scars will.
Traditional therapy for severe acne is successful but what if a simple lifestyle change could change the severity of the disease? The answer could be vitamins or, more accurately, a specific vitamin deficiency.
Acne is caused by bacteria, skin cells and grease that accumulate in plugged pores, resulting in typical grains and deeper cysts or nodules. Acne can appear on the upper body including the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders and take years.
The incidence of acne is surprisingly constant throughout the world, suffers from 6 to 8 percent of the population of any country. In the U.S. about 17 million people suffer from acne, 85% of whom are between 12 and 24. It is estimated that over 40% of adolescents seek medical treatment for your acne.
Despite numerous medical studies have found a strong link between specific foods like chocolate and pizza and acne could be a relationship between levels of vitamins A and E and severity of acne.
A recent medical study published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, determined that the acne was more common among adolescents with lower levels of vitamins A and E in blood. In this study, blood levels of both vitamins were measured and compared with a group of 100 adolescents who had no acne. Those with lower blood levels of vitamins A and E were found to be those with the most severe cases of acne.
Vitamin A and vitamin E are important for normal skin and tissue functions and its absorption depends on both are present in sufficient quantities. Previous studies showed that it is necessary to increase the intake of vitamin E for optimal absorption of vitamin A. If there are low levels of vitamin E, is not absorbed vitamin A, even though they consume large amounts of it.
Adolescents may be at greater risk of having vitamin deficiencies (and acne) due to a variety of reasons. They simply may not have good food three times a day and as a result, not getting enough vitamins. Moreover, growth and increased metabolism that occurs during this period of life, could consume the vitamins more quickly than it provides only diet.
Although vitamin deficiency appears to be related to severe acne, researchers do not know if the conditions of acne can be improved with a higher intake of vitamin A and E. Either way it would be prudent to adopt a diet rich in vitamins A and E.
Vitamin A is found in fish, liver, egg yolks, butter and green and yellow vegetables. Vitamin E is found in wheat germ, liver, nuts Amazon (also known as Brazil nuts, the product of a plant of the Amazon: the Brazil nut), seeds, olive oil and canola oil and leafy vegetables like spinach and cauliflower.