Over the past year I have had near constant breakouts on my chin and sometimes my jaw. I put it down to hormones and try to deal with the breakouts using antiseptic products. Three weeks ago I had a bit of an epiphany.
Some background info… (skip to the bottom for the research)
Before I went away I had a huge, well at least huge to me, sore on my chin. It started as a small group of spots then turned into a sore. It was there for about 4 weeks, it wouldn’t heal. After the ‘leave it alone’ method failed me, I tried \Savlon Healing Cream and Germoline. No luck. I eat a balanced, healthy diet (most of the time) so I wasn’t thinking of a deficiency.
Twenty four hours after my flight landed it was healed! Miracle? Probably not. I decided it had to be the sun as there was no change in anything else. For the whole holiday I didn’t get one spot despite loading my skin with thick sun lotions. Having clear skin made me realise how stressful it is having constant breakouts.
I arrived home and low and behold a spot pops up the next day. I googled the relationship between the sun and acne and found a few articles that discussed the effects a deficiency in vitamin D3 and acne. It occurred me that not only do I lack sunshine in my life but that I gave up drinking milk about a year ago (to avoid the antibiotics from cows milk).
Here are some interesting facts I found:
- Getting sufficient Vitamin D can help resolve acne by making the skin and body healthier
- Because the sun provides the most potent source of vitamin D, make sure you get enough exposure to the sun to improve your chances of having well-nourished skin.
- 10 minutes of sun exposure per day can provide you with the vitamin D that you require to help encourage healthy skin and fight acne
- Take supplements or eat foods rich in vitamin D, such as cod liver oil and raw milk, to promote healthy acne-free skin. Although natural Vitamin D may not encourage the same type of skin cell growth as synthetic Vitamin D
- The healing properties associated with Vitamin D can help minimize the appearance of acne scars and to encourage your skin to naturally repair damage done by acne.
- And no, sunbeds don’t offer sufficient Vitamin B and we all know they increase the risk of skin cancer significantly.
In conclusion I need to drink milk and get 10 minutes of sunshine a day. The first is not a problem. The second however, is Ireland’s fault!
*Article was on ehow.com