Vitamins aren't likely to cause acne, and some vitamins may actually help prevent the familiar skin disorder. Getting the right amount of vitamins A, D and E in your diet may help keep your skin healthy and acne-free.
Vitamins and Acne
Although a review article published in the International Journal of Dermatology in April 2009 noted that one small study found a potential association between higher vitamin D intakes and acne, another study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in 2014, found that both vitamins A and D may be helpful in limiting acne. Not getting enough of vitamins A and E in your diet may aggravate or increase your risk of acne, according to a study published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology in May 2006.
Women should consume at least 700 micrograms of vitamin A per day, and men need at least 900 micrograms. Good sources include fish, dairy products and orange and dark green fruits and vegetables. Adults should get at least 15 micrograms each of vitamins D and E per day from their diet as well. Vitamin D is found in oily fish and fortified dairy products, and you can get vitamin E from nuts, seeds, fortified cereals and vegetable oils. More isn't always better -- these vitamins are fat-soluble, so they're stored in your body and can cause toxicity symptoms in excessive amounts.
- International Journal of Dermatology: Diet and Acne: A Review of the Evidence
- Journal of Investigative Dermatology: Propionibacterium acnes Induces an IL-17 Response in Acne Vulgaris That Is Regulated by Vitamin A and Vitamin D
- Colorado State University Extension: Fat-Soluble Vitamins: A, D, E, and K
- Clinical and Experimental Dermatology: Does the Plasma Level of Vitamins A and E Affect Acne Condition?