If acne is a problem, the issue may be as simple as Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays a large role in treating and preventing acne. And chances are, you are in fact deficient in Vitamin D -- the sunshine vitamin. We will learn more about Vitamin D, and how it is a great tool to include in your beauty regimen.
How do you know if you may be deficient in Vitamin D?
- You work indoors
- It’s winter time
- You have darker skin
- You rarely see the sun
Where do you get Vitamin D from?
- The Sun. Your body will get enough Vitamin D for several days by only 10-15 minutes of full body exposure to the sun. Get sun exposure before applying sunscreen, as most sunscreens prevent your skin from producing Vitamin D. Sun exposure is your top source for Vitamin D.
- Eating a diet rich in Vitamin D packed foods -- such as milk. However, consuming enough Vitamin D rich foods, in order to get your daily dose of Vitamin D, is not possible. You simply cannot consume enough.
Supplement with Vitamin D pills. Yet, be sure to supplement with the right type of Vitamin D -- namely cholecalciferol (
also known as Vitamin D3). You need no more than 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day.
How does Vitamin D treat acne?
- Boosts your immune system. Thus, your skin can more easily flush out toxins and fight acne bacteria.
- Improves mood, and as a result, reduces stress. Less stress equates to lower cortisol levels. Whereas high cortisol levels make your skin more acne prone.
- Reduces inflammation. Helps reduce swelling and redness caused by acne.
There you have it!
Vitamin D plays a major role in helping treat and prevent acne. Yet, if your diet is poor, you’re sleep deprived and you treat your skin poorly, then no amount of Vitamin D will help improve your skin. However, as a supplement for a good beauty regimen, Vitamin D will help add the finishing touches to beautiful and healthy skin.
Have you noticed an improvement in your skin with more Vitamin D in your life? Let us know about your experience in the comment section below.