Vitamins are essential part of nutrition of skin and its care. There is not one specific vitamin which is useful for managing acne and its cause. There are several vitamin which helps in maintaining nourishment of the skin like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C.
- Vitamin A- Vitamin A comes from animal source such as egg, meat and dairy products. Beta- carotene is a precursor of vitamin A, it comes from green leafy vegetables and intensely coloured fruits and vegetables
- Vitamin E – Vitamin E is found in corn, nuts, olives, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils and wheat germ. Food alone cannot provide a beneficial amount of vitamin E, and thus supplements may be helpful.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – Citrus fruits, green peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli and sweet and white potatoes are excellent food source of vitamin C.
These all help in maintaining the nutrition and nourishment of the skin. With regard to acne per se none of these vitamins will be directly useful. A modified form of Vitamin A called retinoid is used in local application form as gels and creams for acne. Retinoid can be taken orally for management of acne.