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Understanding which micronutrients are important for skin and nail health, and maintaining healthy levels of those nutrients, can help prevent some dermatologic conditions. It’s also beneficial if you already have skin conditions arising, you may be able to recognize a possible vitamin or mineral deficiencies. This article is only intended as a starting point, it's always recommended to discuss any major changes with a medical professional you trust.
There are several micronutrients that play a role in maintaining skin health and preventing dermatological issues:
Vitamin A – Skin is a retinoid-responsive organ, able to readily absorb vitamin A when applied topically [source]
Vitamin B – There are 8 B vitamins which benefit skin health. Each of these vitamins are important for overall health but have specific roles for skin health, such as cell and blood health [source][source]
Vitamin C – The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health [source]
Vitamin D – A 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that telomeres (the caps of genetic material on the free ends of DNA strands which shorten with age) were significantly longer in patients with the highest serum vitamin D levels, compared to those with the lowest … equivalent to five years of aging. [source]
Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties. It may be beneficial at reducing UV damage to skin and at reducing the symptoms of atopic dermatitis. [source]
Vitamin K – Vitamin K can aid in your skin's healing process if it’s been compromised such as any cuts or bruises, and reduces inflammation, redness and swelling and can even benefit skin conditions such as eczema. [source]
- Zinc – Six percent of total body zinc is located in the skin [source]
- Selenium – Selenium is a mineral that helps certain antioxidants protect your skin from UV rays. [source]
- Potassium - An essential electrolyte in the body which helps control the volume of cells and helps the skin stay moisturized. [source]
- Additional minerals include magnesium, iron, manganese, silica, copper, and sulfur.
As studies and research continues in the field of micronutrients and skin health, new findings are revealed supporting older studies and also revealing new effects of these micronutrients in the field of dermatology. The articles we write are meant to act as living documents, so as to keep you as up to date as possible with current advancements and information. They are also intended to help spread as much of the helpful information released as possible in order to extend the knowledge and raise the awareness!
These micronutrients will be looked at in individual articles as a series, and will discuss the link between each vitamin or mineral and the skin. Especially highlighting the effects on red, reactive, and sensitive skin.