In December 2019, I read a study by the National Institute of Health on how Pantothenic Acid aka Vitamin B5 cured mild to moderate facial acne.

The study’s procedure was a randomized, double-blind procedure where they evaluated 41 subjects. Over the course of 12 weeks, subjects were either given a placebo or a a pantothenic acid-based dietary supplement.

The study concluded that there was was a significant mean reduction in total lesion count in the pantothenic acid group versus placebo at week 12.

The results from this study indicate that the administration of a pantothenic acid-based dietary supplement in healthy adults with facial acne lesions is safe, well tolerated and reduced total facial lesion count versus placebo after 12 weeks of administration. Secondary analysis shows that the study agent significantly reduced area-specific and inflammatory blemishes.

Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). June 2014.

After I Read That, I Tried Pantothenic Acid Supplementation Myself While Documenting Any Changes Made Along the Way.

I read this study back in December 2019, shortly after I started testing it out.

Here’s what my supplementation regimen looked like:

Time of DayDose
Morning (after breakfast)2 x 550 mg pills
Afternoon (after lunch)1 x 550 mg pill
Evening (after dinner)2 x 550 mg pills

Even in the early stages of daily supplementation I saw some progress. I noticed a gradual change in the appearance of my skin and a lower occurrence of new pimples forming. You can read more about them my review of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) from Solgar Review.

Today, February 18th, 2020 marks about 3 months of taking Pantothenic Acid daily.

Since taking it, I’ve experimented with a few different dosages. My goal was to gage how little pantothenic acid I could take without losing its efficacy.

Varying studies speak on the recommended amount for effectiveness so I knew I’d have to adjust accordingly.

The Right Dosage of Vitamin B5 for Me.

Here’s what my current regimen looks like.

Time of DayDose
Morning (after breakfast)2 x 550 mg pills

AND THAT’S IT.

Two 550 mg pills of Solgar’s Pantothenic Acid (click here to check current price on Amazon) in the morning after breakfast, and I’m set for the day.

Lucky for me, I was able to reap the acne clearing benefits at about 1,100 mg a day.

My Last Thoughts on Vitamin B5 as an Acne Fighting Supplement

If you haven’t tried it yet, I definitely recommend giving it a shot. It’s hard to argue with studies from Dr. Dach’s and the NIH, as well as the results that I’ve personally experienced.

Also, from what I’ve read, there is a very low risk of negative side affects. In fact, I’ve only seen two mentions of negative side effects by acne sufferers who are treating with pantothenic acid is diarrhea. But, that’s because they were taking extremely high amounts of it.

The first was by a man named William G. Gray. You can find the details of his experience at the bottom of Dr. Dach’s study.

Here’s what he said about negative side effects:

The only negative side effects I noticed were minor diarrhea at first, accompanied by hunger cravings, both of which disappeared after a few days (the diarrhea after about 2). I did notice the diarrhea effect again when I increased my dosages, but it again disappeared after a couple of days.

DrDach.com

The other mention I found was by YouTuber Sonia Anastasia. She hints a little about her experience here:

For legal reasons, I’m gonna go ahead and say consult your physician before taking pantothenic acid.

According to my research, the only time someone might experience negative affects (diarrhea) is if they took an extremely high dose.

Speaking on my own experience, even with the dosages I took back in December (about 2,750 mg a day), I never experienced any negative side effects.

That said, I’m almost completely acne free. To this day, I’ve only experienced positive outcomes. Going forward, I will continue pantothenic acid supplementation at least for the next 2-3 months (just got a new bottle). Maybe after that, I’ll experiment with reducing my intake even further to see what happens.

In any case, I’ll be sure to report back here with what happens.

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