Vitamin Deficiency and Dry Skin

Vitamin deficiency and dry skin can, quite literally, go hand in hand. The appropriate dosages of different vitamins and nutrients are essential for proper health, and inadequate supplies of certain vitamins can result in dry skin.
Defining Dry Skin

Dry skin can be as simple as slightly rough or itchy skin, or it could be a more severe condition creating cracks, redness, peeling, pain, or a burning sensation. In severe cases, lesions may appear or the skin could begin scaling.

While simple vitamin deficiencies are not necessarily the cause behind severe dry skin, understanding which vitamins are necessary for healthy skin can help individuals afflicted with skin conditions plan a diet to keep their skin healthy.
Vitamins Essential for Healthy Skin

Several vitamins and nutrients are necessary for healthy, well-moisturized skin. Vitamin A – both the retinol and beta carotene forms – is the most essential, but proper skin health results from the proper balance of several vitamins.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A was first discovered in 1913 and today it is known to be important for several health issues. Vitamin A not only contributes to proper cell growth and repair, particularly of skin cells, but is also essential for strengthening night vision, assisting bone growth, and regulating the immune system. A deficiency of Vitamin A can lead not only to dry skin but also to dry hair, broken fingernails, and dry eyes.

The recommended daily dosage of Vitamin A varies from 300 to 1,300 micrograms (1,000 to 4,300 IUs) based on age and other health factors such as pregnancy. While the beta carotene form of Vitamin A can easily be absorbed in much greater amounts, too much of the retinol Vitamin A can result in nausea, dry skin, headaches, and other symptoms.

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Food Sources of Energy Vitamins

Fortunately, the B vitamins are abundant in many foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. While each vitamin may be available in different proportions in different foods, eating a balanced diet that includes many nutritious options is the best way to get enough of these energy vitamins to ensure good health.Vitamin B rich foods include:

Tomato juice is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B3, B6, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
  • Spinach
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Milk
  • Potatoes
  • Lean Meats
  • Bananas
  • Lentils
  • Eggs
  • Parsley
  • Tomato Juice
  • Green Beans
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Asparagus
  • Liver
  • Split Peas

Many breads and cereals are also fortified with B vitamins, and supplemental pills are available for individuals who have trouble getting a suitable supply of these vitamins in their daily diet.

So, What Vitamin Is Good for Energy?

The B vitamins are essential for the body’s production and use of energy. This group of eight vitamins – the vitamin B complex – is critical to avoiding fatigue, and they work best as a coordinated group to energize the body. B Vitamins can help weight loss as well, since they will give you more energy to be active and exercise.
B1 (Thiamin):

Vitamin B1 strengthens the body’s immune system and boosts neurotransmitter synthesis so the brain and nervous system, including memory, can function more efficiently. Skin and blood vessel growth and food metabolism also require healthy amounts of thiamin. Furthermore, metabolizing food effectively generates energy the body needs for all its tasks, and thiamin is essential for that process.

B2 (Riboflavin): Vitamin B2 is responsible for helping the body produce energy through a variety of chemical reactions. It also increases oxygen utilization efficiency, allowing cells to function more effectively. Riboflavin also eases arthritis, which can give individuals who suffer from painful joints better ease of movement to feel more energetic.
B3 (Niacin): Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, helps treat high cholesterol which in can be responsible for a range of health problems that can sap an individual’s energy. The vitamin also works in conjunction with other B vitamins to increase the body’s efficiency when producing energy.

B5 (Pantothenic Acid): Vitamin B5 is responsible not only for energy conjunction along with the other B vitamins, but also for strengthening the body’s immune system. If the body is ill, it expends great energy to combat the illness and to heal, and a healthy immune system is necessary for higher energy levels.

B6 (Pyridoxine): This B vitamin helps protect the body’s arteries and the health of the circulatory system. Without proper blood flow, energetic activities are impossible and cells are not able to produce enough energy or get enough oxygen to meet the body’s energy needs.

B9 (Folic Acid): This B Vitamin is also responsible for protecting arteries, and it also plays a role in the formation of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the rest of the body and are necessary to maintain energy levels. The right level of folic acid is also essential in a pregnant woman’s diet to help prevent birth defects.

B12 (Cyanocobalamin): This B vitamin, along with folic acid, helps form red blood cells.Vitamin B12 is also a key factor in how effectively the body absorbs food and therefore replenishes its energy supplies.

Biotin: This vitamin facilitates both fat and protein metabolism, a process that is necessary to convert food into energy.

Clinical Results and Customer Testimonials

How to Use Each System

Each of the three steps in Murad Acne Complex is designed to be used twice a day. Murad recommends using the Exfoliating Treatment Gel once per day if you’re new to using products containing alpha hydroxy acid, then increasing frequency to twice per day.

Proactiv also recommends using each of its three products twice daily for optimal results. It’s important to allow skin to dry after applying the Revitalizing Toner, and then again after applying the Repairing Lotion

When deciding between Acne Complex vs. Proactiv, it’s always a good idea to see if the brand publishes clinical results, before and after photos or customer testimonials.

In a Murad-sponsored clinical study, 92 percent of Murad Acne Complex users experienced a reduction in acne breakouts in just three days. According to reviews on the Murad website, 96 percent of customers would recommend the system to a friend.

Proactiv doesn’t have any clinical results published on its website; however, it does have a link to real stories, and before and after photos posted by customers that showcase the system’s acne-healing ability.

Proactiv has also received numerous magazine awards such as Teen Vogue’s Reader’s Choice Beauty Awards Best Acne Product for 2009 and InStyle magazine’s Best Acne Regimen for Oily Skin for 2009.

How to Manage the Problem

Whatever the cause, infant acne is not a serious problem and requires no medical treatment or intervention. Parents are however advised to protect the skin and keep it free from exposure to potential skin irritants, such as perfumed products. Bathing the infant once a day in a mild baby soap is recommended, and the skin is to be dried thoroughly by patting the dry after bathing. Skin care products such as oils and powders are best avoided at this stage.

Switching washing detergents can help also. The rash may be exacerbated by certain elements of detergents so choosing a brand that is kind to the infant’s skin is strongly recommended. Always opt for a non-biological brand as this is preferable for use with infants and young children to avoid skin irritation.

For the short time that the acne may pose a problem, it is advisable to keep the infant’s skin uncovered where areas may be affected in order to avoid the irritation. Fortunately the acne tends to predominantly affect the face; therefore, clothing is not an issue. In these cases, keeping the face exposed to the air without coverage by hats and bonnets is a suggested action to avoid direct irritation to the skin, in particular the forehead.

Avoiding contact of formula or breast-milk to the skin is a good idea, as when left on the skin’s surface the pores can become clogged making the acne appear worse. Occasionally infants vomit or allow milk to splash onto the skin, and this can be aided by keeping a muslin or cloth nearby to wipe away any spills or splashes. Anything which may be deemed as an irritant is best avoided especially if the cause of the acne is not known.

It is never advisable to use acne treatment on the skin of an infant. These preparations are likely to be abrasive on the delicate skin of the infant and therefore must be avoided at all costs.

Infant Acne: Yes it Can Happen

Every parent wants their baby to be perfect, and for those whose newborn infants develop infant acne, the condition can be upsetting and detract from the happy event.

When we think of acne we tend to relate it to teenagers and puberty. Infant acne is a phenomenon which usually occurs when the infant is a few weeks old and presents as pimples found predominantly on the cheeks, chin, forehead and sometimes the back of the infant.

It is believed that the problem affects male infants more than females. The pimples are similar to white-heads which are surrounded by a small red area. In most cases the acne disappears by approximately three to four months of age, and parents soon forget the problem ever existed.

As yet there has been no explicit cause attributed to the problem; however, suggestion is that the surplus hormones passed from the mother to the infant in the later stages of pregnancy can remain present in the infant for a time and culminate in symptoms such as acne pimples.

Other suspected causes of baby acne include the use of certain medications by a mother while she is still pregnant or nursing, certain medications that may be given to newborn babies and certain diet elements consumed before birth.

Feline Acne

Feline acne is probably more common than you’d think. If your cat appears to have small spots that look like blackheads under her chin or around her mouth, she may have feline acne.

What Causes Feline Acne?
Have you ever noticed your cat rubbing his face on the sides of doors, edges of tables and on your legs? Cats have small oil glands in their faces called Sebaceous glands. When these glands work the way they should, oil is distributed through the cat’s fur and keeps the coat shiny and skin soft. However, many experts believe cats also use this oil to mark their territory. This would explain why cats rub on doorways and such.

Acne appears when these glands become blocked. The reason for the blockage can be from any number of factors, including:

Age
Stress
Disease
Cat not grooming self properly
Skin problems
Overproduction of oil
Other experts believe low quality food and the use of plastic food bowls can cause feline acne. These experts say that the plastic bowls hold bacteria that then gets on the cat’s chin when she eats and causes the breakouts.