Medical Evidence supporting Vitamin D for acne treatment

Below are listed scientific journal articles suggesting links between acne and vitamin D deficiency.


 VITAMIN D IN THE TREATMENT OF ACNE
CHARLES A. SIMPSON, M.D.; FRANCIS A. ELLIS, M.D.; HAYDEN KIRBY-SMITH, M.D.
http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=519478

Doktorsky and Platt2 reported improvement in 100 per cent of 35 patients with acne after a month’s treatment with 2,500 to 5,000 U. S. P. units of vitamin D daily. There was 75 to 80 per cent improvement in 90 per cent of the cases, but in 10 per cent relapses occurred within ten days after the treatment was stopped. Maynard3 also expressed optimism

 


 

Vitamin D in Acne – A comparison with X ray treatment
By AIERLIN T.-R. MAYNARD, M.D..

Of the 132 acne patients he studied, 28% were “much better” at three months.  47% were “healed at three months.”

“I believe I may say that at no time in my dermatological experience have I felt such complete satisfaction with a treatment as I have with the cases of this series. I know that vitamin D is an imperfect weapon to slay this disfiguring disease, but it undoubtedly gives one a feeling of being well defended. From the patients’ viewpoint, it has left little to be desired, as they find themselves improving, both in appearance and in general well-being. Many have expressed the sentiment, “Never felt better.”


 

VITAMIN D IN THE TREATMENT OF ACNE VULGARIS
Abraham Doktorsky, B.S.; S. S. Platt, B.S.
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We ourselves were our first patients, since both of us have this condition. We started with a dosage of 10 drops a day of Mead’s viosterol in oil 250 D and increased this during a period of two weeks to 20 drops a day. After continuing for a period of one month we observed by actual count of pustules a decrease of about 75 or 80 per cent. We considered these results satisfactory enough to warrant experimentation on a larger number of subjects.


 

Preliminary evidence for vitamin D deficiency in nodulocystic acne
Arzu Karataş Toğral & Mustafa Turgut Yıldızgören*

The patients with nodulocystic acne had relatively low serum vitamin D levels compared with the subjects in the control group. The findings from this study suggest that there is a connection between low vitamin D levels and acne. Larger epidemiologic studies are needed to confirm the status of vitamin D levels in patients with acne.

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