Question by doodoo happens: what pills are better for treating acne omega 3 fish oil or vitamin b5?
taking 3 pills of fish oil a day
or 20 pills of pantothenic acid(b5)
Answer by Andrew D
Only one small, highly-disputed study in 1995 by Dr. Lit-Hung Leung, using high doses of Vitamin B5 claimed to resolve acne. Leung's study gave 45 Asian males and 55 Asian females varying doses of 10-20g of pantothenic acid (100,000%-200,000% of the US Daily Value), 80% orally and 20% through topical cream. Leung claimed improvement of acne within one week to one month of the start of the treatment. Critics are quick to point out the flaws in Dr. Leung's study, however. Dr. Leung's study was not a double-blind placebo controlled trial. Thus far, this is the only study examining the effect of Vitamin B5 on acne, and few if any dermatologists prescribe high-dose B5.
Fish oil is sometimes given as anti-inflammatory to patients who have arthritis, and it is also sometimes recommended for heart disease patients. While its anti-inflammatory properties and its role as an essential fatty acid can promote healthy skin, it's not a cure for acne.
Dermatologists recommend primarily topical treatments for acne: salicylic acid, sulfur, resorcinol, and benzoyl peroxide. Oral treatments include antibiotics and Accutane.
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