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Vitamins for Healthy Skin

Skin is the barrier between our bodies and the environment.  Taking care of the skin means different things to different people. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It requires proper nutrition to function properly. Just like every other part of your body. Some people tend to find excuses that they are not able to look after their skin, owing to their busy hectic work schedule. There are people who are blessed with good skin, but even they need to make an effort to nourish their skin on a regular basis, so as to maintain that glow. Many vitamins and minerals help maintain healthy skin by maintaining strong circulation that supplies nutrients and oxygen to the skin and removes waste products. Some nutrients contribute to cell growth and cell maintenance and deactivate free radical compounds that damage the skin and can possibly cause cancer. Several nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium might prevent skin damage due to exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Vitamin A and beta-carotene may also help protect against skin cancer. These supplements may also help in wound healing. Vitamin E is recommended for use topically to treat burns. Omega-3 fish oil has been shown to help in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. Supplementation of zinc may be an effective treatment for acne since it aids in the normal functioning of the oil producing glands of the skin.

Skin care is about protecting your skin from the harmful effects of water, wind and sun. Vitamin A compounds include retinal, retinol, and the carotenoids. Vitamin A strengthens the protective tissue of the skin and prevents acne. Vitamin A is essential for, among other things, vision (especially night vision), regulation of cell development, immunity and healthy skin. Vitamin A is also a powerful antioxidant needed to rid your body of toxins. The B vitamins help to maintain healthy skin tone. They are also helpful in relieving anxiety and stress. Stress can be a major player in causing acne. The B vitamins should always be taken together. The vitamins in the B complex are Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin (Nicotinic Acid, Niacinamide), Pantothenic Acid, Pyridoxine and Cyanocobalamin. Vitamin C is another “super vitamin”. It is an antioxidant that is required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body, including tissue growth and repair.Vitamin C protects against infection and enhances immunity. Bioflavanoids have an antibacterial effect. Vitamin C and E has been known to improve moisturization, softness and smoothness and also provide modest photoprotection.  Free radicals gobble up collagen and elastin, the fibers that support skin structure, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Many skin conditions can be prevented or successfully treated by using vitamins either orally or topically. Niacin is important in the maintenance of healthy skin. Vitamin K  nutrient responsible for helping blood clot. Pantothenic Acid is treats painful, burning feet. Vitamin B5 is a water soluble, B Complex vitamin.  B5 also plays a role in tissue generation, creation of antibodies and the healing processes. Vitamin b-2 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 helps to treat dermatitis as well as a vast array of other skin eruptions and rashes. If your skin is dry, prone to inflammation, and frequently dotted with white heads and black heads, you may be lacking essential fatty acids, nutrients that are crucial to the production of skin’s natural oil barrier. 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.

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