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Are There Vitamins That Cause Acne?

by
author image Jessica Bruso
Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.
Are There Vitamins That Cause Acne?
Vitamins are more likely to help than hurt when it comes to acne. Photo Credit Alliance/iStock/Getty Images

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.

Recommended Intakes

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.

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