Many people who struggle with psoriasis use various drug combinations to treat this condition. But some of them find that simply raising their vitamin D levels considerably reduces their psoriasis symptoms.
How does Vitamin D affect psoriasis?
Let’s find out!
Vitamin D benefits and uses for Psoriasis:
Vitamin D possesses different health benefits that can help treat several types of psoriasis, including scalp psoriasis. Because psoriasis is an autoimmune disease and Vitamin D strengthens the immune system, this effect could help treat the condition internally.
It is scientifically proven that Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to psoriasis. While a deficiency doesn’t seem to cause psoriasis outright, it may impair the body’s ability to keep the skin healthy.
Oils and ointments containing vitamin D can also help treat flares. Vitamin D can slow the growth of new cells, so vitamin D oil applied directly to the flare can help thin the plaque.
Forms of Vitamin D:
- Oral supplements:
These can be taken in pill and liquid forms that are easy to take daily. It’s recommended to take 400 to 1,000 international units (IU) per day. Start with a lower dose and increase it gradually, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Topical options:
You can also go for topical options. Try getting more sun or using sunlight or a light box to increase the vitamin D your body makes on its own. This is called phototherapy. But use this treatment carefully. Increased sun exposure, especially in excess, can increase your risk of skin cancer.
You can also use topical vitamin D oils that are applied directly to the skin, especially on flare areas. It may be more effective in treating flares that already exist. While topical treatments are soothing, they typically aren’t effective in preventing recurrence.
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About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.