For years, scientists, doctors, biologists, dermatologists and dieticians have researched and studied all causes of acne. Given that the majority of the world's population suffers from acne at some point in their lives, it is not surprising that such efforts are being made to know how to achieve this. Although there have been some answers as to whether acne is induced by hormones (yes), and what can be done to prevent it (prescription drugs, some herbal remedies, etc.), many unknown factors cause acne.
However, among the many questions on acne to which science has not yet found an answer, the most controversial is whether the diet has an effect on acne.
Historically, it was thought that the diet was related to acne. Similarly, doctors and housewives thought that a high-fat diet would cause a more oily complexion, which would result in acne breakouts.
However, over time, science has found no direct link between a diet rich in lipids (fats) and acne. As acne is caused by a bacterial overgrowth of sebum entrapped in the clogged pores, the "additional oil secretion" does not exist. So, for at least 15 years, Western medicine has claimed that there was no connection between diet and acne.
However, a study conducted in 1997 rekindled the flame in the argument of "diet causes acne", and this time with a little more heat.
This study, conducted by Dr. Lee Hung Leung, indicates that acne breakouts are due to the fact that the body can not create enough coenzyme A to break down the fatty acids that create sebum. The reason is that coenzyme A is probably the most necessary enzyme in the body. This coenzyme-A is what synthesizes sex hormones and breaks down fatty acids.
The only part of Coenzyme-A that the body does not produce itself is vitamin B5. So, if there is a shortage of B5, there is a shortage of Coenzyme-A. And if there is a shortage of coenzyme-A, the body will use it to synthesize sex hormones and not to break down fatty acids.
So you can see where this is going on … more fatty acids, more sebum production, more acne.
The interesting thing is that Dr. Lee Hung Leung substantiated this statement by testing it on 100 people. The group took 10 grams or more per day of pantothenic acid (B5) and used a topical cream B5 at 20% by weight. After 2-3, sebum production was reduced and many people with acne found a reduction. For people with more serious acne, a higher dose of B5 was used (about 15 to 20 grams per day) and the treatment was extended to see an effect, sometimes up to 6 months.
Thus, although a study does not definitively prove whether B5 can prevent or reduce acne, it may be worth considering, especially for those who wish a natural or herbal treatment against acne and do not want to use chemicals such as benzoyl. peroxide, or other prescription acne treatments.
As with any medical treatment, it is best to consult a doctor before trying a B5 regimine.