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Vitamin D Is Great For Your Skin (And Just About Everything Else)
What, Specifically, does Vitamin D do for Your Skin?
Some recent reports have detailed how vitamin D can apparently improve symptoms of two complex skin conditions: Psoriasis and vitiligo.
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the skin in which patches of skin called “plaques” become elevated and painful red rashes break out, with certain parts of the skin developing a “scaly” appearance. It can occur anywhere and is not considered a contagious or infectious disease. It is caused by genetics, although not everyone who has the genes will develop psoriasis.
The good news is that vitamin D can play a significant role in reducing the symptoms of psoriasis. It can cause the plaques of skin affected by the condition to become thinner and less conspicuous, and it also boosts the immune system’s ability to target the disease. It is for these reasons that some prescription treatments for psoriasis include vitamin D.
But what about vitiligo? This skin condition is the result of a genetic abnormality where patches of skin which are differently pigmented than the rest of the skin. Vitamin D plays an important role in the production of melanin, the hormone responsible for skin pigmentation. Scientists have noted how patients with vitiligo often have low blood levels of vitamin D. A study published in 2013 detailed how topical application of vitamin D treatment could significantly reduce the expression of cytokines which cause vitiligo, when used in combination with UV treatments and phototherapy.
If you have vitiligo or psoriasis, or are experiencing any of the deficiency symptoms listed above, it may be very much worth your while to talk to your doctor about pursuing a vitamin D-based treatment or supplementation regimen. And if you’re an otherwise healthy person, it’s probably not a bad idea to get your vitamin D levels tested anyway. It’s just too important a vitamin to not be getting enough of.