Vilantae by Evolution X
Vilantae claims to be the ideal treatment for acne because it prevents the production of excessive oil in the skin. Other over the counter products, the makers of Vilantae tell us, are ineffective because they only deal with the consequences of excessive oil in the skin after the fact. This article takes a closer look at Vilantae.
- Vilantae is a vitamin therapy for acne that seems best suited for treating Asian skin.
- Vilantae compares itself to Accutane but really does not act in the same way.
- For reasons that are not yet fully explained, Vilantae reduces oil production on Asian skin.
- Your skin may be less shiny within 2 or 3 days of starting Vilantae.
- Getting rid of most (usually not all) of your blemishes takes about 8 weeks. If you have taken the product for 5 months and aren’t seeing results, chances are that it is not going to work.
- If Vilantae does not work for you, try Exposed Skin Care.
The makers of Vilantae compare their product to Accutane (isotretinoin) which they say works well for treating acne because it shuts down the production of oil before it reaches the surface. The problem with Accutane, they say, is that it has significant side effects so it should be used only in extreme cases.
Vilantae advertising claims that it is the only product that works in the same way as Accutane. The d-calcium pantothenate that is the primary active ingredient in the product stops excess oil production and that stops acne. It’s not quite as effective as Accutane, but it works in the same way, Vilantae advertising says.
There are just two major problems with Vilantae’s claims. One, Accutane actually does not work primarily by reducing production of oil in the skin. And two, d-calcium pantothenate (a stable form of vitamin B5) does not reduce oil production in the skin, either. That does not mean there are no benefits from taking Vilantae.
How Accutane Actually Works
The very first step in the production of a pimple or a non-inflammatory plug of sebum that will become a blackhead or a whitehead is hyperkeratinization, the overproduction of skin cells in the lining of the pore. The extra skin in the pore makes it narrow. Oil and bacteria drain more slowly. And as those extra skin cells begin to die about 21 to 42 days after they are created, they can form a sticky mat of dead skin and “glue” that completely plug the pore. Overproduction of oil, however, is not the first cause of acne.
Accutane opens pores by stimulating the growth of skin around them. It locks on to segments of DNA in skin cells that stimulate mitosis, or cell division. The skin around the pore pulls outward and opens it up so the contents can drain. The mat of dead skin and protein falls out first and hardened skin oils and bacteria follow.
The problem with stimulating the growth of the skin is that the top layer of skin can be broken up before the cells in it die. The skin gets red and itchy. Ironically, the stimulation of skin cell DNA can also increase production of skin oils (the opposite of what the advertising claims) so that older pimples and cysts open up while new whiteheads and blackheads form.
How D-Calcium Panthothenate Really Works
In the mid-1990’s, Dr. L. H. Leung of the Central Hospital in Hong Kong proposed in a paper published in the journal Medical Hypotheses that a deficiency of the B vitamin panthothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5, played a more important role in acne than stress or sex hormones. There is a very basic reason that panthothenic acid deficiency probably does not cause acne. That reason is that almost no one is deficient in panthothenic acid.
The name “pantothenic” comes from Greek words that mean “from everywhere.” Pantothenic acid is vital to human health, but it is found in a tremendous variety of foods in small amounts. Cooking, freezing, frying, and canning food reduces pantothenic acid content in foods, and panthothenic acid deficiencies have been occasionally detected in inner city youth in the USA who eat primarily hot dogs and chips for most of their calories. Almost any healthy protein food, however, contains generous amounts of pantothenic acid. Deficiencies of pantothenic acid are extremely rare.
A single clinical trial found that megadoses of pantothenic acid seems to clear up acne—even when there is no nutritional deficiency of the vitamin. One hundred residents of Hong Kong aged 10 to 30, 45 males and 55 females, all of whom had mild to moderate acne, were recruited to take pantothenic acid treatment. Each was given four doses of 10 grams of the vitamin over a 60-day period. Each was also asked to use a cream made with 20% pantothenic acid once a day.
The authors of the study state that in most cases skin oil production began falling after 2 or 3 days. Most participants in the study had “mostly clear” complexions after 60 days. A few participants with especially stubborn cases of acne were put on 20 grams of pantothenic acid a day and experienced faster improvement.
The amounts of pantothenic acid used to treat acne were 2,000 to 5,000 times the amount needed to prevent nutritional deficiency. Other research trials have found that megadoses of the vitamin cause skin to grow without “layering” so it is looser and oil that is produced in pores can drain more easily. No other studies have found that the vitamin reduces production of oil in the skin.
Vilantae May Be Best for Asian Skin
The effects of Vilantae seem to be real on Asian skin. It may be that other skin types will not respond to Vilantae in the same way, although one additional study suggests that it may be helpful in reducing the side effects of Accutane.
If you have Asian skin and you have mild to moderate acne, there is no reason not to give Vilantae a try. If you have trouble swallowing capsules, be sure to get the powdered drink mix, which you can mix with juice or water. The only side effect from taking the dosages of pantothenic acid recommended by Vilantae is a slight risk of diarrhea—if that happens, just cut back on the dosage until your stomach settles.