Vitamin D and Psoriasis – What’s the Connection?

sunlight and vitamin d and psoriasisEarlier this year a study was published that verified, for the first time, an upper, safe limit for vitamin D, but what if, like many in the northern hemisphere, you are deficient in this hormone-like vitamin? Could a vitamin D deficiency be a trigger for your psoriasis? Several studies published in the last year make the connection between a vitamin D deficiency and psoriasis severity so should you be supplementing, sunbathing, or is there a reason to avoid vitamin D for naturally healthy skin?

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What Causes Rosacea? Three Common Triggers and How to Combat Them.

rosacea causes red rash across centre of faceNo single cause of rosacea has been identified but recent research does suggest a number of potential triggers for the skin condition that affects around 3% of the population. Without knowing what causes rosacea it can be difficult to treat and this can lead to stress and depression in sufferers who worry over their appearance.

Luckily, many of the possible causes or factors exacerbating rosacea are responsive to treatment so, although there is no ‘cure’ as such for rosacea it is likely that patients can dramatically reduce the impact of the skin disorder by identifying their rosacea trigger(s) and treating it accordingly. Continue reading

Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Skin

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Antioxidants such as vitamins and minerals in food can help you achieve naturally healthy skin.

Eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables and seeds can help provide vitamins and minerals for skin health but when it comes to beating acne, psoriasis, eczema and other common skin conditions there are some nutrients that are a little more important than others.

In some cases the emergence of a skin disorder can itself signify a deficiency in a particular vitamin vital for naturally healthy skin and when such symptoms arise it is often the case that health problems also exist internally. Continue reading

Rosacea May Have a Bacterial Cause

rosacea bacteria cause demodex miteA paper published last week adds weight to the theory that bacteria may cause rosacea. The review, published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, identifies mites as the possible culprits behind bacterial disease that could explain the occurrence of this irritating skin disorder.

Rosacea sufferers often note a connection between their symptoms, gastrointestinal health and general immune function, which would tie in with such a theory regarding bacteria and immunosuppression. It could also mean that those with rosacea could restore naturally healthy skin by improving immune system health and becoming free of the bacteria. Continue reading