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Can Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Acne?

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Dr.Nivedita Dadu 91% (180ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), DNB (Dermatology), MNAMS
Dermatologist, Delhi  •  18years experience
Can Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Acne?

Acne refers to a skin condition that occurs when one’s hair follicles become plugged with oil and cells of the dead skin. It often goes on to cause pimples and generally appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Research analysts have established quite a firm link between the level of Vitamin D and acne. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble hormone, which is found in fatty fish, dairy as well as in fortified food products. Deficiency in Vitamin D can be a part of what’s causing the symptoms of Acne to show or even make things worse.

Let us discuss briefly the symptoms and causes of Acne.

The signs and symptoms of Acne vary depending on the severity of one’s condition. They include:

  • Open and closed plugged pores
  • Small red, tender bumps
  • Pimples having pus at their tips
  • Painful lumps beneath the skin’s surface

There are a number of factors that lead to acne. They include:

  • Excess production of oil
  • Hair follicles that get clogged by oil and dead skin cells
  • Bacteria

Vitamin D Deficiency Is A Risk Factor For Acne-
Researchers have started to explore exactly how Vitamin D tends to regulate the immune system of individuals. Now, this immune system might well go on to explain the relationship between the levels of Vitamin D and health of the skin. During a study conducted back in the year 2014, all those people who had nodulocystic acne, happened to be at risk for increasingly severe symptoms if they had lower levels of Vitamin D. There are numerous benefits of Vitamin D, the deficiency of which causes different kinds of health problems, acne being one of them.
Level of Vitamin D can be increased by consuming fatty fish and seafood, mushrooms, egg yolks, orange juice, etc.

Tips from Dermatologist-
If Acne is causing problems for you, then consulting a Dermatologist can be of great help. He or she can provide valuable tips through which one can prevent and even get rid of this problem. The tips include:

1. Wash the face two times in a day with warm water and a mild soap made especially for people with acne. Do gentle massage if your face with circular motions. 

2. Do not pop pimples even if it is quite tempting. Popping pimples can push infected material further inside the skin, which can lead to more swelling and redness.

3. One must avoid touching their face with their fingers. Touching the face can spread the bacteria, which causes pores to become inflamed and irritated.

4. Acne affected people should not wear tight clothes.

5. Keep the hair clean and out of your face to prevent added dirt and oil from clogging the pores.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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