Best Vitamins for the Skin

Woman having vitamins applied to her face Best Vitamins for the Skin

There are many different benefits to our skin from using or taking vitamins. Learn about the best vitamins for the skin and how exactly they can help.

The Alphabet of Vitamins

You’ve undoubtedly heard about vitamin A, C, and D. But do you know the extent of what they can do? Vitamins aren’t miracle cures, but when used properly, they can make an impact on your skin’s health. Vitamins can be administered in different ways, and their effects do change a bit depending on how you use them. For your skin, topical vitamins are the best bet, though don’t stop taking oral vitamins that you’re already taking (unless your doctor recommends it). That’s an important thing to note as well—while many vitamins are available over the counter, it doesn’t mean you should take them without talking to a dermatologist first. Now that you understand the basics of vitamins in skincare, here are some of the best vitamins for the skin.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A may not be where your mind goes first when you think about popular vitamins, but vitamin A is actually very useful for skincare. Many topical products that contain vitamin A, called retinoids or carotenoids, are recommended for treating a variety of skin conditions. A powerful retinoid called isotretinoin or Accutane is used to treat moderate to severe acne. Vitamin A works on skin in a few different ways. It’s useful for promoting healthy regrowth because of how it stimulates collagen production. It can also reduce the production of sebum in your skin, meaning it will be far less oily. Acne develops when sebaceous glands are plugged by excess oil, so reducing oil can greatly reduce breakouts.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C isn’t just something you should take when you’ve got a cold. It can also help your skin. Much like vitamin A, vitamin C also works to boost collagen production in the skin. This means that vitamin C is good for anti-aging skincare. Collagen production slows as we get older, so it’s only natural that our body needs some help. Collagen is responsible for giving skin and other cells a strong structure. Without the support from collagen, our skin is more prone to sagging and the development of wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin C can be taken orally or applied to the skin in moisturizers or serums and have similar effects on the skin. Don’t skip that orange juice!

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another underrated powerhouse in the vitamins for skin care game. Unlike A and C, E isn’t really concerned with collagen. Instead, vitamin E can actually help the skin protect itself from the environment. Before we get into what vitamin E can do, please note that vitamin E cannot replace sunscreen. Vitamin E can, however, help the skin block ultraviolet radiation. Topically applied, vitamin E can supplement a daily sunscreen and give it that extra support. Preventing sun damage not only keeps your skin from premature aging -- the practice can also lower your risk of developing skin cancer.

Take your vitamins! Now that you know what vitamins are best equipped for helping your skin, get in touch with the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates for specific recommendations on dosage and what vitamins are best for you.

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