The link between Vitamin D deficiency and acne is staggering, yet many people are unaware of this fact. Those who have spent the summer soaking up the sun’s rays will attest to an improvement in their acne and their overall health. This is not only because of the effects of sunlight on your skin, but also Vitamin D’s ability to nourish and support the endocrine system. This is good because a nourished endocrine system = balanced hormones = clearer skin! So, is Vitamin D deficiency causing your acne? Let’s find out!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS VITAMIN D?
There’s a lot of buzz about Vitamin D for its immune enhancing properties, especially when it comes to cold and flu prevention and treatment, but what does Vitamin D actually do for our bodies? How does deficiency cause acne? And how can we get more of it?
You may already be familiar with how to get the “sunshine vitamin” from, you guessed it, sun exposure. You may also already know that most people are deficient, even though they’ve been eating hyped up, “Vitamin D fortified” products like milk (both plant and animal derived), orange juice, and processed cereals. Even slight deficiencies make it harder for us to stay healthy and let’s not even talk about the major health issues that can develop when severe Vitamin D deficiency is involved.
So What Makes Vitamin D so Beneficial?
Supports Strong Bones and Teeth
Vitamin D is known to increase the absorption of calcium and phosphorus which helps to maintain the mineralization of bone which prevents them from becoming thin, brittle, or deformed.
• Supports the Immune System
Vitamin D is crucial to activating our body’s immune defenses. Without adequate levels, T-cells are more sluggish and are not able to react to and fight off infection. This is why the flu runs rampant during the winter months. As our bodies get less and less sunlight as the days get shorter, it’s easier to catch colds and flu as our stores of Vitamin D diminish.
Vitamin D is also known to prevent certain degenerative diseases and support body systems against heart disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, thyroid issues, blood clots, depression, lung infections, poor circulation, and brain fog.
Vitamin D is also known to:
• Regulate blood pressure
• Reduce stress and tension
• Relieve aches and pains
• Reduce muscle spasms
• Improves overall skin health
• Strengthens and protects blood vessels
• Helps prevent fractures
• Improves asthma
• Reduces PMS
• Treats and reduces tooth and gum disease
• Helps improve skin issues like vitiligo, scleroderma, acne, psoriasis, and lupus vulgarus
IS VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY CAUSING YOUR ACNE?
Vitamin D is unique compared to other vitamins in the sense that it isn’t actually a vitamin at all, but a hormone called “Calcitriol”. It is created through the skin from steady exposure to sunlight, though you can source small amounts of it from certain foods like cod liver oil (I get mine here) and liver. The best kind of cod liver to get is fermented cod liver oil.