The old saying goes that beauty comes from within is true, especially when it comes to healthy skin. Clinical studies show, that many skin conditions are caused from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and a high glycemic diet can also cause inflammation and contribute to aging and inflamed skin conditions.
Vitamin A Deficiency
In aging skin, cell renewal and cell communication is slower. Aging skin can become very dry and dehydrated, which can be caused by a vitamin A deficiency.
In clinical studies, it was found that patients with psoriasis had a slightly lower than average carotenoid level when compared to healthy patients. Carotenoids are fat soluble pigments (color) found naturally in plants, and serve as antioxidants, prevent free radicals damage of cells, and are important in Vitamin A activity in the body.
Vitamin B5 Deficiency (Pantothenic Acid)
Pantothenic acid is a water soluble vitamin, and is required to sustain life. In clinical studies, it was shown that a deficiency of pantothenic acid (B5) could lead to the development of acne. Taken orally, vitamin B5 could reduce acne lesions.
Benefits of Vitamin B5; Control Hormones, Reduce Stress
Controlling the production of hormones produced by the adrenal glands, will help control the production of oil, and will help control acne skin conditions. Vitamin B5 reduces inflammation and stress, balances hormones, and is needed for proper function of the adrenal glands.
Vitamin D3 Deficiency
Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo
Vitamins such as D3 have an effect on the immune system, and a deficiency may have an influence in the development and progression of various autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D3 acts as an immune system modulator, preventing expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the efficacy of macrophages. It also stimulates anti-microbial peptides which exist in immune cells such as neutrophils, (white blood cells) monocytes, and natural killer cells.
Benefits of Vitamin D3; Rosacea, Autoimmune Disorders
With rosacea, there is an immune response triggered by the anti-microbial peptide, cathelicidin. Vitamin D3 stimulates anti-microbial peptides which exist in immune cells, and would be effective to treat rosacea by strengthening the immune response in cells. Vitamin D3 can boost the immune system, and topically will strengthen skin immune cells. The importance of vitamin D3 must be considered when treating rosacea and autoimmune skin conditions.
Vitamin B6 Deficiency (Pyridoxine)
Aging, Acne, Rosacea, Inflamed Skin Conditions
A rapid rise in blood sugar can cause inflammation in the body. Vitamin B6 plays a role in metabolizing proteins, sugars, and fatty acids, and can help control inflammation associated with increased blood sugar levels. In clinical studies, it was found that a deficiency of vitamin B6 can contribute to inflamed skin conditions. Vitamin B6 will help control inflammation, maintain a healthy immune system, and produce antibodies to fight infection.
Benefits of Vitamin B6
Vitamins such as B6 can help maintain blood glucose (sugar) levels within a normal range. It is important to eat a healthy diet and include vitamins such as B6 to help control inflammation. Controlling inflammation is crucial in controlling inflamed skin conditions such as acne, and will reduce inflamed lesions and lessen the risk of pigment scarring.
Psoriasis, Hyperkeratotic Plaques
It was also found that severe zinc deficiencies have been associated with hyperkeratotic plaques, which may resemble psoriasis.
Benefits of Zinc
Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties, and may help with psoriasis lesions and help control inflamed acne lesions as well.
It was also found that antioxidant protection in the skin is decreased in patients with rosacea. With a decrease of antioxidants in the skin, it is important to use antioxidants on the skin to protect the skin from free radical damage, and environmental stressors. It is just as important to orally take antioxidants to boost the immune system when dealing with rosacea and compromised skin conditions.
Benefits of L-Ascorbic Acid
L-ascorbic acid is the only bioactive form of vitamin C that the skin recognizes. L-ascorbic acid not only prevents free radical damage to cells, but has been shown in clinical studies to be effective in treating inflammation associated with rosacea. With rosacea, it is important to use antioxidants orally and topically, to strengthen cells and control inflammation.
Treating Skin Conditions with Neutraceuticals
The Benefits of Vitamin P
Couperouse, Rosacea, Poikiloderma of Civatte
Vitamin P, also known as a bioflavonoid, and is found in green tea and citrus fruits, has been known to strengthen capillary walls. Using vitamin P can be beneficial, and is recommended to use when treating couperouse skin. These vitamins can be taken orally for vascular health, and used topically to strengthen capillaries found with rosacea and couperouse skin conditions.
Probiotics promote bacterial balance both in the body and on the skin. Studies indicate that almost half of people with acne have lower than normal stomach acid, which is a risk factor for bacterial imbalance and alters the normal intestinal microflora. Researchers in China found that gastrointestinal dysfunction in adolescence are a risk factor for diseases of the sebaceous glands. Probiotics will balance the natural microflora in the intestines and will help control oil and acne skin conditions.
In clinical studies, topical probiotics showed comparable results to 1% topical Clindamycin when controlling p-acne bacteria and reducing acne lesions. Probiotics have both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity, and can reduce sebum content and decrease inflamed acne lesions. Probiotics are a proven natural way to treat acne skin conditions.
Niacinamide, Vitamin B3
Niacinamide is effective to strengthen the skin barrier, and is effective to treat inflammation. Niacinamide also boosts the immune system, improves skin integrity, and strengthens the skin barrier and epidermal function.
Beautiful Skin is Healthy Skin
When treating skin conditions, it is important to address internal factors for optimal skin health. Daily use of neutraceuticals, vitamins, and minerals, will help the body build immunity, control harmful bacteria, and protect cells from free radical damage caused by environmental factors and stress.
Linda Gulla is a Master Esthetician and an adjunct instructor in medical aesthetics at community colleges in North Carolina, and her writings have global recognition by renowned experts in the medical and aesthetic field. Her published works will soon be available to licensed professionals for career development and advancement.