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Pointers With Portela: What is the Role of Vitamin A in Acne Treatment?


In this week’s Pointers With Portela, the 208SkinDoc dives into the efficacy and adverse effects of generic vitamin A to treat acne.

In one of his most recent YouTube episodes, "Vitamin A in the Treatment of Acne," Dustin Portela, DO, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Treasure Valley Dermatology in Boise, Idaho, reviews the role of vitamin A in the treatment of acne, specifically as a generic supplement and as a synthetic version in Accutane (isotretinoin).

In this episode, Portela discusses a study that evaluates the safety and efficacy of generic vitamin A to treat acne. From his review, Portela still recommends Accutane as the safer and more effective agent.

"Consumers are frequently looking for natural treatments for acne and vitamin A has been of interest for a long time. Accutane is essentially a synthetically modified version of vitamin A and although it works very well for acne, it does have some drawbacks. However, natural doesn't always mean safe when it comes to vitamins and supplements," said Portela.

Opinions expressed are that of Portela and do not express the views or opinions of Dermatology Times®.

Do you have experience with patients asking about natural vitamins or supplements for acne? Email us your thoughts at DTEditor@mmhgroup.com.

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