Vitamins And Your Skin

Vitamins are an important contribution to healthy skin. Many skin problems can be treated or prevented by taking the proper vitamins.

Most people realize that what you put into your body affects your entire health. Doctors have also known that certain vitamins have rejuvenating or healing powers when it comes to the skin. As a matter of fact, before there were specific medications for most skin conditions, experts commonly depended on vitamins, along with other natural products, to treat these ailments.

WHAT KINDS OF SKIN CONDITIONS RESPOND WELL TO VITAMINS?

First of all, if you consume the proper vitamins in the appropriate quantities, your skin will start out healthier and more vibrant to begin with. But if you find yourself deficient, vitamins A, C, D, and E are especially important and are often prescribed for dull, lifeless skin.

If you're curious about specific conditions that vitamins can treat, dry skin, acne, psoriasis, and skin eruptions are just a few of the problems that can be helped with vitamins.

I HAVE HEARD THAT VITAMIN A CAN TREAT ACNE. IS THAT REALLY TRUE?

YES. Before we had the vast array of acne preparations available, vitamin A was often prescribed as a very effective treatment for acne. Even today, some people find that over-the-counter and prescription concoctions too harsh and drying for the face. These same people can safely consume a daily dose of vitamin A and their acne will greatly diminish.

If oral vitamin A isn't giving you the results you desire, synthetic vitamin A-like compounds called retinoids can be applied directly to the skin. These compounds not only help clear up acne, but they also even out pigment changes and heal the skin damage that results from too much sun exposure.

I HAVE ECZEMA? DOES THAT RESPOND WELL TO VITAMINS?

Often times, yes. Inositol is a substance that is particularly useful in the treatment of eczema. If you have a stubborn case, give inositol a try. You've got nothing to lose but your itchy, scaly skin.

WHAT ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER VITAMINS? WHAT BENEFITS DO THEY HAVE FOR THE SKIN AND WHAT CONDITIONS CAN THEY TREAT?

Below is an overview of the most important vitamins in the treatment of common skin conditions.

VITAMIN B-2 OR RIBOFLAVIN

· This vitamin is necessary for proper skin balance. Too little of it causes the face to be oily.

· This vitamin aids in healing cracks and sores of the mouth and lips. Even doctors quite frequently prescribe vitamin B-2 for their patients who appear in their office with this painful condition.

VITAMIN B-6

· This vitamin helps to treat dermatitis as well as a vast array of other skin eruptions and rashes.

NIACIN

· This popular B vitamin is important in the maintenance of healthy skin.



· Successfully treats canker sores.

PANTOTHENIC ACID

· Treats painful, burning feet.

· Keeps skin healthy and strong by assisting in cell building.

BIOTIN

· This is sometimes prescribed when skin is dull and the pallor is gray.

VITAMIN C

· This is an extremely important vitamin that aids in wound healing. If you have a cut or a sore, try adding extra vitamin C to your diet.

· Sufficient vitamin C helps prevent broken capillaries and excessive bruising.

VITAMIN E

· Prevents and treats dry skin.

· Slows down cellular aging.

· May prevent skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure.

· Though not scientifically proven, some women claim it helps diminish stretch marks.

· Treats nipples that are sore and cracked from nursing a baby. Simply break open a vitamin E capsule and apply a small amount topically to the painful area.

CAN I SAFELY TAKE LARGE DOSES OF VITAMINS?

Yes and no. Most vitamins are water-soluble and are quickly eliminated from the body. It is safe to consume varying quantities of these vitamins. Other vitamins are fat-soluble. That means that they are stored in the body and can build up over time. Mega-doses of these vitamins should be avoided. The fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, and E.

IF I CAN'T TAKE LARGE DOSES OF THE FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMINS, HOW CAN THEY BENEFIT ME?

By taking the proper amounts of these vitamins, you can maintain healthy skin and prevent problems from occurring in the first place. If you do have one or more of the above-mentioned skin conditions, you may be deficient in one of the fat-soluble vitamins. Look to your diet and see if that could be the case.

SHOULD I TAKE SUPPLEMENTS OR CAN I GET ALL I NEED FROM THE FOOD I EAT?

It would be ideal if you could get all of the nutrients that you needed through the foods that you consume. However, this is often not possible. High quality supplements, coupled with a healthy diet, will ensure that you get all of the nutrients that you need.

DO I NEED TO CONSUME THE SUPPLEMENTS ORALLY FOR THEM TO HAVE BENEFITS FOR MY SKIN?

No. Some supplements are applied topically. For an example, vitamin E is often applied to wounds and scars to hasten healing. Vitamin D can be absorbed through the skin when you are exposed to the sun, and as was stated before, vitamin A is available in a variety of topical preparations.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Many skin conditions can be prevented or successfully treated by using vitamins either orally or topically. But most important is consuming a healthy diet on a daily basis. Without the proper amounts of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins can't do their job.

If you have a skin problem that isn't responding to conventional treatment, give vitamins a try. They are safe, cheap and highly effective.

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