If you’ve visited me there is a very good chance we talked supplements. I am passionate about feeding our bodies and skin the proper nutrition for all of our cells to thrive and function properly. Our cells are dependent upon what we feed them. Of course cells also translate our environment and stress levels but if we can set them up for success with proper nutrition we will alleviate or bypass many issues.
I should stop here and be sure to emphasize that you should always talk with your doctor before introducing a supplement. Especially if you are taking any prescribed medicines or have a health condition.
But for skin purposes I thought it would helpful to lay out several vitamins and what their role is in cellular function as it pertains to our skin.
Let’s start with my favorite.
OMEGA-3’s: Anti-inflammatory. Suppresses the activation of inflammatory response. Takes 8-12 weeks before effects are noticeable. Amazing for Rosacea, Eczema or dry skin in general.
ZINC: Excellent for acne. Another great anti-inflammatory. Zinc is an essential mineral involved in a number of cellular processes. It is required for cell division, cell growth, and wound healing. Zinc is also vital for collagen formation. Zinc in topical applications is exceptionally soothing and healing.
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID: Inhibits melanin expression. Assist in converting glucose and other energy sources. I personally used this to help brighten my Melasma.
GLUTATHIONE: Antioxidant. Detoxifying enzyme. After sun exposure a significant reduction in Glutathione occurs. Darker skin types have less Glutathione. I use this as well to help with my Melasma.
EVENING PROMROSE” Linoleic Acid. Member of Omega 6 family. An essential component for human organisms and protective coating around nerve fibers. Aids in structural integrity. Deficiencies present as cracked nails, hair loss, eczema etc. Food sources: Safflower, soya, wheatgerm, grape seed and sunflower oil. Check Mayo Clinic online for precautions.
SEABUCKTHORN OIL: Probably my personal favorite supplement in Omega family as it has helped my dry eyes significantly. Contains Omega’s 3, 6, 7 and 9. Antioxidant. Anti-inflammatory. Highest, most active and potent form of Vitamin E and carotenoids.
VITAMIN D: Enables our body to absorb calcium. Works with calcium for proper cell maturation. Vitamin D2 is used to treat psoriasis and is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogen.
CALCIUM: Essential for proper cell maturation. Lack of Calcium (and Vitamin D) can lead to a filaggrin deficiency which is essential for the cells to fold properly and lay nicely to create a healthy barrier for us. We lose calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine etc. We do not produce our own calcium and must get it from food.
VITAMIN A: Vitamin A is great to get through food if possible. Dietary Vitamin A stimulates a protein that acts as an antibiotic and kills bacteria (rapidly!). People with acne usually have low levels of Vitamin A.
COQ10: Improves rate and efficiency of energy production in skin cells. Can increase tissue oxygenation and combat wrinkle formation.
B12: Necessary for cell reproduction. Vegans and vegetarians tend to be low in B12.
“The cutaneous manifestations of B12 deficiency include hyperpigmentation (most commonly); hair and nail changes; and oral changes, including glossitis. Additionally, several dermatologic conditions, including vitiligo, aphthous stomatitis, atopic dermatitis, and acne are related to B12 excess or deficiency.”
BIOTIN: Everyone knows Biotin is great for nails and hair. BUT IT IS NOT GREAT FOR ACNE. In fact it will make acne worse. Also be aware of collagen supplements with Biotin (B7) in the mix.
I hope this is helpful in terms of understanding how to feed your skin for the results you want. And to aid in feeling your best!
Have a wonderful Day!