Vitamin D deficiency and Acne

by Jude

Could Acne Be a Symptom of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Could Acne Be a Symptom of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Hi, I've been suffering from cystic acne for quite some time now and my dermatologist has told me that it's due to a hormonal imbalance.

I've done some research on my own about hormonal imbalance and have been in contact with a naturopathic practitioner who has told me that a vitamin D deficiency may be part of my problem.

She specifically told me that I more than likely have an estrogen dominance problem. I have not as of yet had any tests done to confirm this. Can you tell me if Vitamin D does play a role in keeping the hormones in balance?

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Vitamin D and Acne and Hormones
by: Kerri Knox, RN-The Immune Health Queen!

Hi Jude,

Since Vitamin D IS a hormone, that is something like asking if estrogen has anything to do with hormonal balance. It MUST because it IS a hormone!

More About Vitamin D

I know that we CALL it VITAMIN D, but that is only because the discoverers THOUGHT it was a vitamin and since it ACTED like a vitamin, and they had already named vitamins A, B and C.... Well, you get it.

But it REALLY is a hormone. In fact, it is a hormone with MULTIPLE MULTIPLE functions, in some ways, it is one of the most important hormones in your body because it controls so many different genes.

And as far as Acne is concerned, one treatment for acne that is not used much any more is UV Light therapy. Well, back in the 1930's, a dermatiologist by the name of AIERLIN T.R. MAYNARD, M.D speculated that UV Therapy worked because it produced vitamin D. So, he began giving doses in the range of about 10,000 IU's per day (while getting regular blood levels) to a few of his acne patients.

He was so impressed with the results that he began using it on all of his acne patients and had such good results that he rarely used any other treatment!!

While he did not do any formal studies, he reported about 83 case studies in which his conclusion was,

"I believe I may say that at no time in my dermatological experience have I felt such complete satisfaction with a treatment as I have with the cases of this series. I know that vitamin D is an imperfect weapon to slay this disfiguring disease, but it undoubtedly gives one a feeling of being well defended. From the patients? viewpoint, it has left little to be desired, as they find themselves improving, both in appearance and in general well-being. Many have expressed the sentiment, 'Never felt better.' "

It's really too bad that his observations are not noted today.

Hope that this helped.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Health Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

It has worked for me
by: Anonymous

I have been dealing with acne my WHOLE life.. currently I am 31 and have had acne since I was about 9 yrs old. I have done it all.. Everything. Antibiotics, Acutane (twice)..Retin A.. cortizone shots.. you name it ive tried it.

I have had blood work done and hormone levels checked.. Finally about year ago went to go see a endocrinologist (Dr specializing in hormones).. and he put on Vitamin D (50,000 taken once a week).. it took about 2-3 months.. but my skin looks fabulous and I don't feel tired anymore.. Mind you I am healthy weight..

Seriously.. its amazing and my monthly cramping.. subsided greatly.. and some weight loss... hope this helps

Me Too
by: Anonymous

I have suffered with acne for 44 years. I have been to at least 20 different dermatologists and had all the conventional and non-conventional treatments, I was told about 12 years ago that I was hypothyroid. I started taking Synthroid but it caused my fact to break out, my neck to hurt and food cravings at night. I kept telling the endocrinologists that I did not think the problem was my thyroid. They kept insisting it was. I stopped taking the thyroid meds because it did not make me feel better and set out on my own to find the problem. I had all my hormones including Vitamin D levels measured. My Vitamin D came back low and my TSH high. I started taking vitamin D and feel so much better. I also started applying Vitamin D to my skin. It is also so much better. There is still a lot to learn about how the human body works. Be persistent in your quest for a good outcome for you.

Vitamin D acne connection
by: Anonymous

After about 15 years of dealing with severe cystic acne I am finally getting some relive. I have had so many symptoms I don't even know where to began. I had severe diaharea every single day for three years my periods were irregular and my mood was just terrible most of the time, and my skin was just erupted with huge cysts. There wasnt a day when I would not look for ways to cure it, ao I was taking many antibiotics for years and it helped but never cured it.I was diagnosed with low vit d levels few years ago and was taking 5000 IU of vit D a day but wasn't feeling any relive in my sympthoms so after a while I just stopped. I did some research and found out how a lot of people were cured from acne by taking vit d so I decided to go back on it. I started taking 10000 IU a day and I am so amazed! My face is clearing and the infection is going down, I really want this to work. I think higher doses work better for me. My mood improved too and the IBS I control with fiber:)

This Is for Me Too
by: Marilyn

Where did you apply the D3? I'm not sure if you mean you applied it to your face or to somewhere else. Also, could you please indicate which brand and type of D3 you used?

Congratulations on your great results!

Kerri's Note: She's saying that she took it orally. The study that I quote does the same thing. Brands don't matter, just make sure that they are OIL FREE or are packed in MCT or coconut oil as most oils go rancid. D3 IS the 'type' of D3.

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