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Posted by: monique | 2010-12-06

B5 for acne treatment

I''ve read that vitamin B5 (10g per day) works like a miracle for acne treatment and can be used together with other medications and has few side effects. Is this advisable and which product can I buy in SA?

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Hallo Monique
Vit B 5 can be bought as pantothenic acid at health shops and Dischem. The recommended daily allowance is 5-7 mg per day for an adult, so 10 gram is more than 10 times the recommended dose. Although there are many claims that very high (mega-) doses of vit B 5 helps for acne, there were no clinical trials done to prove this. Vit B 5 is water soluble so overdoses are just removed via the kidneys, but in rats high doses caused liver damage. Very few dermatologists prescribe megadoses of pantothenic acid for acne.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010-12-06

Hallo Monique
Vit B 5 can be bought as pantothenic acid at health shops and Dischem. The recommended daily allowance is 5-7 mg per day for an adult, so 10 gram is more than 10 times the recommended dose. Although there are many claims that very high (mega-) doses of vit B 5 helps for acne, there were no clinical trials done to prove this. Vit B 5 is water soluble so overdoses are just removed via the kidneys, but in rats high doses caused liver damage. Very few dermatologists prescribe megadoses of pantothenic acid for acne.
Dr Bets

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