Vitamin D and Skin Health

Nowadays, people have become more conscious about their health. They are putting in an extra effort to maintain healthy life style and many times, even shelling out bucks to stay healthy forever!

But, when you are provided with natural sources in ample amounts to stay fit and healthy throughout, you do not need to stretch your regime to a disturbing extent, which many folks nowadays do.


One of the burning problems of not only teenagers, but also many adults are acne. As the teenage approaches, the nightmare of oily skin and outbursts of acne follow with the change in the hormonal activity.

Acne is a disorder of the sebaceous glands, which lubricate the skin. When these glands are blocked, bacteria overgrows in them and results in causing skin blemishes.

Acne is characterized by pimples, scaly red skin, blackheads and whiteheads, pinheads and large papules, and possible scarring.

Acne is primarily involved in affecting skin with a large number of oil glands. During puberty, in both males and females, acne is often caused by an increase in androgens such as testosterone hormone.

Excessive growth of the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, which is normally present on the skin, is often involved.

Typical features of an acne include increased oil secretion, comedones, papules, pustules, nodules (large papules), and in many cases scarring.

It may result in psychological and social problems.


So, what are the possible risk factors involved in causing acne?

  • Diet high in animal products like milk and simple carbohydrates like sugar, low in fish, vegetables and greens along with fruits.
  • Imbalance in the hormones, especially during the teenage years.
  • Increased levels of substances that are responsible for the formation of testosterone in both males and females; and Estrogen in the female population.


So, is Vitamin D really helpful in curbing the chances of acne development in direct or indirect means?

According the Vitamin D council society, seasonal patterns of visits to dermatology offices can be tracked and used to estimate the effect of sunlight on the risk of acne.

Most of the research studies of seasons found out that higher rate of cane occurred in the winter season as compared to the summer season.

Such findings help in suspecting a role of sunlight in reducing the risk of acne vulgaris. However, one should not come to the strong conclusions that sunlight / ultraviolet-B (UV-B) light solely is responsible for the decreased rates of the occurrence of acne.

Another efficient therapy that has come up that can be useful in treating acne is a Blue light laser therapy. It heats up and destroys organic compounds in the bacteria. Thus, many sun wavelengths appear to reduce the risk of acne.

But, there are no reported studies on the benefits of vitamin D for acne that have been established strongly. Vitamin D does not seem to affect the risk or expression of acne. But, there have been studies that appropriate levels of Vitamin D in the body might directly or indirectly aid in impacting the sebocytes- the cells that are responsible for excreting oil. These proteins, on top possess antibacterial properties.



So if you are thinking how Vitamin D helps the people suffering from a condition like acne, here are few pointers:

  • Appropriate levels of Vitamin D help in reducing wrinkles and make your skin soft, strong, and smooth.
  • Benefits/prevents diabetes by controlling one’s insulin response and also improving acne.
  • Cools inflammation, helps in soothing the condition of acne.
  • Boosts your immune system.
  • Improves mood and eases depression during the outbreak of acne, where the moods are not really on a good plane.
  • In short, you must get enough of this vitamin, for your health and longevity, and especially for your acne.


Prevention:  Although, there is very little evidence that attests to the Vitamin D reducing the risk of developing acne, however, Vitamin D aids in strengthening the immune system which might help indirectly in fighting the incidence of an acne outbreak.

Treatment: Sunlight doesn’t help directly in reducing the occurrence of acne, but definitely aids indirectly in reducing the symptoms of acne by strengthening the immune system and heating and simultaneously destroying the bacteria.


So, are you at risk for Vitamin D deficiency?

Well, you might be if:

  • You work indoors for longer hours.
  • You live in a grey, rainy climate with very little/ no exposure to the sunlight.
  • It is the winter season.
  • You have darker skin (or more melanin content)
  • Very less intake of Vitamin D through the foods.

How to expose yourselves to Vitamin D?

  • Get your sun exposure in the morning before 10 am.
  • Limit sun exposure to 20 minutes, and, once again,
  • Be sure not to use sun block or sunscreen while sunning for vitamin D.


Thus, including a diet rich with Vitamin D and with appropriate exposure to the sunlight, which will aid in building sufficient amount of Vitamin D, the burning problems of acne can be ameliorated to somewhat extent.

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