Vitamins That May Help Clear Acne

If you’re looking for a solution to help clear your acne that doesn’t evolve Accutane, there are less scary and natural forms to heal it. 

It doesn’t matter your age; acne can strike at any time for a variety of reasons. When I turned 30, I had an acne crisis. I tried so many things, and when nothing seems to work, desperation kicks in. 

I healed my acne by changing my diet, cutting off dairy, taking daily multivitamin supplements, and using specific products. And now, I’m treating my acne scars. 

Vitamins A, E, and B3, and zinc have been proven to fight acne. Even though they take longer to clear blemishes, they’re less aggressive and don’t tend to cause reactions. So let’s check each one of them.

Vitamin A

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative found in topical acne treatments. However, supplementing vitamin A has different results than using it topically, the latter being the most recommended way of using it. 

Some experts warn that a high intake of more than 10,000 international units (IU) of the vitamin can be toxic. So always consult a doctor before supplementing by yourself.

Vitamin B3

Nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and it’s been proven to help clear blemishes and reduces oil production. Opposed to vitamin A, vitamin B3 supplements can be as effective as topical use. You can take it using a prescription form or find nicotinamide in over-the-counter products. 


Zinc is a mineral that helps decrease oil production in the skin, it reduces the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin and reduces inflammation. You can consult your doctor to see how much zinc you should intake, but as a rule of thumb, 200 mg is already sufficient. Topical lotions containing zinc are good alternatives as well. 

Vitamin E

There aren’t sufficient studies to prove that vitamin E helps to fight acne. Yet, some other studies have linked low levels of vitamin E and acne. In fact, this vitamin has been proven to fight free-radical damages, which might be an excellent alternative to alleviate acne symptoms. 

Written By:
Camila Santiago

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