December 20 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Do you live with ultra sensitive skin? Almost anything and everything that touches your skin can be irritating...almost to the point of burning! Ouch! For me, sensitive skin runs in my family. Nickel, lead, platinum, and even some fabrics can be a source of irritation to my skin. A very common skin condition that people with sensitive skin often experience is atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Eczema is a condition marked by irritation of the skin that causes it to be red, scaly, and itchy. The cause of eczema is unknown, but lately with all the new information being introduced to the beauty industry, there have been a lot of discussion around vitamins and their total positive and negative effects on your body and skin. So the question bears asking, “Is eczema linked to a Vitamin A deficiency?
What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin essential for protein synthesis, it modules the immune system, and it plays an important role in the skin as it promotes cell mitosis, increases thickness, and aids in the synthesis of other cells and nutrients key to your body and skin health. Although Vitamin A deficiency is less common in developed countries such as the United States and is very rare, it is also a common occurrence after some bariatric surgeries and is linked to liver disease, malabsorption, and small bowel surgery. So...it's possible! Not enough to scare you, but knowledge is key right? Who would have thought that some of the issues we experience could be due to vitamin deficiencies.
So how is Vitamin A linked to your skin? Phrynoderma. Phrynoderma is a manifestation of Vitamin A deficiency that directly affects your skin. It is often described as “toad skin” and is a form of follicular hyperkeratosis, which is characterized by the development of keratin in your hair follicles. This can result in rough, elevated papules making your skin look extremely dry and rough to the touch. Sounds a bit like eczema huh? Studies have proven that Phrynoderma is also linked to other Vitamin deficiencies, however it is highly treatable through the use of Cod oil. Which is rich in...you guessed it, Vitamin A!
For the sake of argument, I wouldn’t say Vitamin A is directly linked to Eczema. But it does lead to further questions on exactly what type of deficiency may be a cause of it. So far, science hasn’t quite explained that one, and although we can derive our own conclusions of why certain lack of vitamins can affect us the way it does...I think we can all agree here that a very possible solution, is to stay fully Vitamin deficient! Anyone else suddenly in the mood for fruit?