Vitamin D Benefits for Your Skin

Aquasource Vitamin DThere’s been much talk over the last years about the importance of having sufficient vitamin D for our immune systems, bones and general wellbeing and anti-ageing.

But there are also specific Vitamin D benefits for the skin.

Supplementation with vitamin D has been shown to provide relief from many inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema,  dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff,  rosacea and severe acne.

If you are a psoriasis sufferer, you already know it is an extremely uncomfortable and sometimes disabling disease, with unsightly plaques caused by the overproduction of skin cells. Cells pile up quickly in affected areas, and because the body is unable to shed them fast enough, red, scaly itchy patches form. In some extreme cases psoriasis leads to a debilitating form of arthritis. While psoriasis is still poorly understood, the process of inflammation clearly plays a role.

Treating psoriasis only topically often helps for a while, but the benefit can dwindle over time, which shows the importance of healing from the inside out. Although there is currently no proven cure for psoriasis, recent research indicates that Vitamin D supplementation can indeed be helpful.

A study carried out in Israel at the Dead Sea, which is well known for its treatment of psoriasis, showed that natural sunlight provides significant improvement in symptoms. This is because sunlight stimulates our bodies to manufacture vitamin D.

UVB treatments can also help relieve psoriasis. One of the main reasons is that these treatments produce vitamin D in the body.

According to a study published in The Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Vitamin D helped with skin conditions because of its anti-inflammatory properties.  In this study, patients with psoriasis were given Vitamin D. Within just one month, the condition disappeared. The Vitamin D was then given to patients with lichen planus lesions. The Vitamin relieved skin itching and reduced the lesions by half. The researchers then gave Vitamin D to those with photodermatitis. The lesions from the disorder disappeared within a month.

In addition to its supporting role in relief from psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions, scientists now believe that vitamin D supplementation may be able to prevent or lessen the impact many of other diseases, including diabetes, rickets, epilepsy, depression, high blood pressure, and even cancer!

In addition, because vitamin D is also a powerful antioxidant, it can play a role in preventing the premature ageing of skin and damage to the skin structure.