How Safe is Vitamin A as an Accutane Alternative?

Let’s get one thing clear, if you are looking to clear up your acne-infested skin, you have your work cut out for you.

You really do. It is quite a tall order because, as everybody knows, the most powerful anti-acne treatment currently on the market is Accutane. Nothing can even come close.

If you’re serious about dropping a nuclear bomb on your acne problem, Accutane is the easy answer because it gets the job done, all day, every day. Now, what’s not to love?

Well, here’s the problem. If you are female of childbearing age, you cannot take Accutane if you have a chance of getting pregnant. The serious birth defects Accutane brings to the table are well documented. In fact, there have been many lawsuits filed by women who have had children with horrific birth defects, thanks to Accutane.

Accutane is no joke. This is why powerful acne treatments that involve Accutane, at some level or another, are actually last resorts for dermatologists. As much as possible, they would recommend natural options or some other type of Accutane alternative that isn’t as harsh on your system.

One of these Accutane alternative solutions is isotretinoin. I know that’s quite a mouthful, but isotretinoin is actually Vitamin A. If you eat a lot of food that are heavy in Vitamin A, like dairy products, eggs, or animal organs like liver, you will get quite a bit of isotretinoin or biochemicals related to it called retinoids.

This class of biochemical compounds do a pretty good job of mimicking Accutane. In other words, you get the benefits of that very powerful drug without the side effects. It is no surprise that a lot of dermatologists consider isotretinoin, or Vitamin A in general, as an effective Accutane alternative.

What’s the big deal about retinoids anyway? Well, with retinoids, you get an “all-in-one” skin health solution. First of all, Vitamin A cleans your skin. So when your dead skin cells start to pile up, Vitamin A enables your body to clear out that dead surface layer on a regular and efficient basis.

Second, it stabilizes the amount of sebum or skin oil your body produces. This is a big deal because the reason why you have acne breakouts in the first place is because you produce too much oil and it clogs your pores. Once this clogging happens, infections can come in, and this reduces your skin into an itchy, inflamed, red mess.

Isotretinoin and retinoids in general help protect your skin from inflammation as well as the formation of a harmful compound called androgen.

Here’s the downside to Vitamin A: you cannot take too much of it. This is especially true if you are female and of childbearing age.

If you load too much on Vitamin A, you might actually end up with similar side effects as Accutane. So if you want to treat Vitamin A as an Accutane alternative, you have to take it in natural levels. Speak with your primary care physician or dermatologist regarding optimal levels of retinoids and stick to these levels.