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Accutane And Vitamin A: The Cycle - Tips Or Pointers

Discussion in 'Health' started by m_arch, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. m_arch

    m_arch Member

    Jan 5, 2016
    Perth, Australia
    As a teenager I underwent two rounds of Roaccutane (otherwise known as accutane or Isotretinoin), a synthetic form of vitamin A.
    Awhile ago I read online of a study mentioning the long term effects of accutane is increased vitamin A demand of the body - even after treatment, however I haven't been able to find this study again unfortunately.

    After reading Nutrition for Women, I tried taking 100,000 UI of vitamin A, every day. I can best describe the effects of supplementing this in one word; regenerative.
    It felt like any stress from life barely phased me, and I would just bounce back stronger than previously.
    However, over time this effect worse off. I am wondering why. Looking back now, I would probably guess that it lasted around two weeks.
    I have since kept up the 100,000 UI of vitamin A, taking this for about 3 or 4 months now.

    Do you think my body just got used to the increased vitamin A that is now flowing into my system, and is using it wastefully?
    I wonder if I should cycle it on and off so I can feel the regenerative effect again.
    As I understand it some supplements can work like this - I'm not sure if vitamin A is one of them.

    Or maybe I just need more vitamin A and I should up the dose to 150,000 UI or 200,000 UI.
    As a result of accutane I get very dry eyes - and while my skin cleared up of acne, it didn't become blemish free.
    While supplementing vit A my skin is now blemish free and my dry eyes have gone - if I stop supplementing in a day or two the dryness comes back.
    However my aches and pains have returned, and I don't seem to be as 'regenerative'.
    Another possibility is that perhaps something down stream is missing, but I am eating two eggs daily for cholesterol and my metabolism is quite strong.
  2. DankMemes

    DankMemes Member

    Aug 12, 2015
    Maybe since you've increased your vitamin A intake you might need to increase the other fat soluble vitamins too? I mean if your tissue is saturated with vitamin A then there is less room for K, E and D?

    just speculating
  3. Orion

    Orion Member

    Oct 23, 2015
    I have made a few posts, you could read through. I would stick with the high vitamin A, but add in K2 and lots of topical magnesium (make some Magnesium Chloride spray, or epsom salt baths).

    Avoid oral vitamin D, get lots of full body sun exposure and avoid PUFA. Aches and pains could be calcification, I believe vitamin A will help remove calcium from soft tissues along with vitamin K directing to skeletal tissues.

    I think acne has something to do with broken calcium 'metabolism' in skin cells, could accutane block vitamin A? effectly stopping the pathways, once accutane is stopped the acne usually just starts up again.

    Unsaturated fatty acids induce calcium influx into keratinocytes and cause abnormal differentiation of epidermis. - PubMed - NCBI PUFAs along with low to no vitamin A, too much calcium in skin tissues? (excess oral vitamin D pushes calcium into soft tissues)

    Vitamin A has helped my acne immensely, by normalizing keratinization, but has not reduced my sebum production... Do you find that vitamin A is drying your skin out? Maybe just takes a very long time on vitamin A to see full effects. Maybe 6 months to two years, depending on how long you have had acne or if deficient since childhood?
  4. OP

    m_arch Member

    Jan 5, 2016
    Perth, Australia
    I have 5mg and Epsom salt baths every second day about. I find they are beneficial too, but not as much as the initial regenerative feeling from initial vitamin a.

    Yeah at this point I will keep taking the a, the dry eyes are killer so thats enough.

    I just wonder if I can optimise the a, maybe cycle it or up the dose. I'm not sure about the physiology of this vitamin
  5. Amazoniac

    Amazoniac Member

    Sep 10, 2014
    Not Uganda
    Retinol and retinyl esters: biochemistry and physiology: Thematic Review Series: Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Vitamin A
    "Since there are no known enzymes that can reduce retinoic acid to retinal, excessive or unneeded retinoic acid is not recycled back to retinol/retinyl ester and must be catabolized and eliminated from the body."
  6. Such_Saturation

    Such_Saturation Member

    Nov 26, 2013