Why you need vitamin D for your immune system and also for healthy skin

Why you need vitamin D for your immune system and also for healthy skin

By Eniko Seemann

Why you need vitamin D for your immune system and also for healthy skin

Deficiency affects also your skin 

Healthy levels of  vitamin D prevent skin aging, promote healthy bone growth, possibly reduce the risk of certain cancers, and even improve mood. 

Vitamin D deficiency results from lack of exposure to sunlight (from October until April in Austria), problems with vitamin D absorption and low dietary intake.Levels of Vitamin D can be checked with a free blood test prescribed by your doctor. 

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with poor immune function, increased inflammation, and decreased insulin sensitivity. Hence deficiency can negatively impact the skin in a way that poor immune function weakens the skin barrier, increasing dryness and chance of infections. Increased inflammation can worsen inflammatory conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea. 

Benefits of Vitamin D for Skin

1. Decreases inflammation: 

The most important use of Vitamin D is its a mild-to-moderate anti-inflammatory effect, used clinically as a cream in the treatment of conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo.

2. Protects the skin: 

Vitamin D functions as a steroid, working within a cell’s nucleus to stimulate proliferation, regulate function, and potentially stabilize genes. According to some studies this has a protective effect on the skin, potentially fighting off skin cancers and autoimmune skin disease. 

3. Decreases environmental damagers: 

As an antioxidant vitamin D can also suppress damaging environmental oxidants that cause premature aging. Thus having ant/aging effect of the skin. 

4. Normalizes cell turnover:

Some studies say vitamin D have been shown to normalize cell turnover and prevent the build-up of dead cells on the skin's surface that lead to psoriasis plaques.

 Source:

Vivien and byrdie.com, insider.com.