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Vitamin D Acne Benefits: Can You Eat Naturally to Clear Up Your Skin?
Instead of chasing the latest fad acne treatment, why not start out by focusing on treating your skin through a healthy diet? Check out these impressive vitamin D acne benefits to finally get the clear and healthy skin that you deserve…
Vitamin D Acne Benefits
Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin since your body can manufacture vitamin D naturally from direct sunlight.  In fact, although it is highly recommended to wear an SPF that protects from both the UVA and UVB rays of the sun to prevent free radical damage that causes premature aging and even skin cancer, it is still important to have 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure each day to get the ample amounts of vitamin D that your body craves.
Even more importantly, vitamin D aids in proper calcium absorption to promote healthy bone growth and strong teeth. In fact, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, the FNB has established a recommended daily value for vitamin D to sustain bone health and ensure proper calcium metabolism for all people. This average RDA of vitamin D for men and women ages 19 to 50 is 600 IU per day. 
Vitamin D also naturally regulates phosphorus in the body to promote a healthy heart and nervous system, and it has been shown to ease psoriasis and boost the immune system.  This last point is highly important for all acne sufferers since ample amounts of vitamin D can strengthen the skin by keeping the immune system healthy to naturally resist surface acne bacteria in the complexion.
When you take into account that most acne treatments focus on topically reducing acne bacteria with harmful chemicals that can dry out the surface of the skin, it makes much more sense to focus on a vitamin D-rich diet, as well as moderate sun exposure, to ensure that your immune system stays healthy enough to naturally resist acne bacteria.
When you focus on your immune health by including vitamins and minerals in your diet as opposed to just topically killing acne bacteria, you have the opportunity to restore your skin from the inside out instead of using potentially aggressive acne products to strip your skin of its natural moisture in the hopes of treating acne.
With that being said, here are some of the best food sources of vitamin D to include in your diet:
- Egg yolk
Another important trend to notice here is that all of these vitamin D-rich foods are also full of healthy saturated fats that are essential to an acne-free diet.
These healthy saturated fats work together with vitamin D to pull essential vitamins out of your food and slow down your digestive processes so that your skin can receive all of the healthy nutrients it needs to repair and strengthen itself to resist acne bacteria.
This brings me back to the important point that vitamin D alone does not have the capability to cure your acne. Shocking, isn’t it? Yes, vitamin D is an essential and healthy vitamin to support clear skin, yet it must be included in a balanced diet that is already rich in essential vitamins and minerals.
Since vitamin D is found in foods full of healthy saturated fats that will supply your skin with necessary nutrients, you need to make sure that you are eating a diverse, nutrient-rich diet in the first place so that these saturated fats can work together with vitamin D to strengthen your skin internally.
Let’s check out what a few acne sufferers from the acne.org forums had to say about vitamin D acne benefits in their diet:
Two months ago, I started taking vitamin D supplements, about 1000IU per day. Nothing else changed: work has been no more or less stressful, my diet hasn’t changed, nothing significant in personal life. I just noticed that my skin is always better after getting a little bit of sunshine, so decided to try taking vitamin D… and, voila! My skin has *never* looked better… It actually looks kind of pretty!
I take about 7500 IU of Vitamin D3 a day during winter. Vitamin D3 is great for your body. You need more in the winter time since you don’t get as much sun. Too bad it hasn’t helped my acne much but it is still great for my body and I will continue to take it indefinitely.
As you can see, these acne sufferers did see some vitamin D acne benefits from taking a supplement, yet in doing so, they missed out on all of the amazing saturated fat benefits to aid in digestion and strengthen the skin internally.
Yes, you can take a supplement to balance an already healthy diet, yet it is even more advantageous to eat the vitamin-D rich foods listed above to provide a wide range of benefits to the quality and clarity of your skin.
Lastly, there are a number of skin care products on the market that contain vitamin D and claim to improve the skin by applying this vitamin topically. But do they really work? While it won’t hurt you to apply topical vitamins the surface of your skin, bear in mind that these topical vitamins do not have near the ability to affect your immune system and skin health than when they are eaten in the diet.
I would greatly advocate to shop carefully for your skin care products and choose natural products with gentle ingredients, yet the only true way to clear up acne in your skin is by first eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals to strengthen your skin from the inside out.
The truth is that you can eat naturally to dramatically impact the quality of your skin and experience all of the vitamin D acne benefits listed within this post. On top of that, you’ll receive the added bonus of a healthy immune system and a greatly reduced risk of disease simply by eating a vitamin-rich diet.
I’m not going to argue with that…
- “Vitamin A Information Page. All about Vitamin A and the Role It Plays in Your Diet.” Zest for Life Vitamins and Supplements. Web. 10 Feb. 2011. <http://www.anyvitamins.com/vitamin-a-info.htm>.
- “Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin D.” Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). Web. 10 Feb. 2011. <http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind/>.
About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.
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