How do all the B vitamins (b5, b6, b12, etc.) help acne?
Unlike the other acne fighting vitamins that have been mentioned, the B Vitamins are unique. The B Vitamins include many different vitamins that are all clumped together both in their name and usually in how they are taken. B Vitamin supplements almost always come in a B Complex form due to the fact that each B Vitamin has its own benefits to the body. In fact, those considering using supplements to fight their acne should definitely go with B Complex vitamins since not only to they help with acne but also simply due to all the other positive effects they have in maintaining a healthy body. In actuality, the B Vitamins are more like “super-vitamins” due to their many uses.
Since each B Vitamin contributes in a variety of ways to the fight against acne, this article will discuss each different B Vitamin that is involved in helping to maintain clear, healthy skin. Arguably the best aspect of these B Vitamins is that there are so many, they are almost always taken in conjunction, and they have so many uses in the body besides fighting acne and keeping skin nice and clean.
Here is a breakdown of the B Vitamins:
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) — Thiamine is an antioxidant and it helps to rid the body, and the skin, of toxins and free radicals, therefore helping to keep the skin clear and acne free. It also enhances circulation and helps with digestion.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) — Riboflavin is essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps to strengthen and repair the skin and helps to prevent acne from forming. In addition, Riboflavin also works with Vitamin A to promote a healthy digestive tract.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) — Niacinamide is essential for maintaining healthy skin and helps to improve circulation. It helps to prevent acne from forming and spreading. It also helps the metabolism break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) — Pantothenic acid greatly helps in reducing stress. Stress is a leading cause of acne breakouts and pantothenic acid can help to keep it under control. It is also needed for proper functioning of the adrenal glands.
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) — Pyridoxine is extremely important in the functioning of the immune system and of antibody production. It also helps to fight acne.
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) — Works in conjunction with other vitamins and enhances their effects and helps them to better maintain healthy, clear skin. On its own, also helps to increase energy and helps to maintain healthy nerve cells.
A vitamin deficiency in many of these alone can lead to breakouts of acne. Thankfully, these vitamins almost always come together in Vitamin B Complex’s which can be purchased easily. Making sure that one gets enough B Vitamins is crucial in maintaining healthy skin and fighting acne.