ABCs of Good Health

Vitamins for Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing

As the largest organ in the body, the skin is responsible for protection, maintaining a constant temperature, and allowing the sense of touch. But this means that it is exposed to pollutants, toxins, and harmful rays from the sun, and it can lose elasticity, strength, and health. But the skin has the ability to repair and regenerate to protect us from these negative effects. But skin regeneration only happens with a healthy diet and the right vitamins.

 

How Does The Skin Regenerate?

The skin consists of two main layers – the dermis (deep layer) and the epidermis (surface layer) – and several smaller layers in between. Skin cells are born all the time and then rise to the epidermal layers of the skin. Typically, healthy skin regenerates its surface area every two to three weeks. Any skin damage is repaired in the process.

However, this regeneration process needs certain nutrients to happen.

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The Best Vitamins For Skin Regeneration, Health, & Healing

Certain nutrients become even more important when your body is in need of repair. Whether this is a broken bone, an infection or a wound or gash to the skin, eating foods rich in certain vitamins can help to speed up the recovery process. Healing requires nutrients found in healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. For faster recovery, eat more of these foods or add vitamin supplements to your daily dietary regime.

  1. Vitamin A
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    Vitamin A

    Vitamin A is often prescribed by dermatologists for acne and wrinkles in the form of topical creams. A study in the American Journal Of Clinical Dermatology found that Vitamin A is required for the maintenance and development of the epithelial cells, the outermost area where regeneration occurs. The study found that this meant vitamin A helps acne.

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  2. Vitamin C
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    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen in our body. Collagen is a protein which occurs naturally is present in connective tissues, like the skin. “It gives skin its youthful suppleness and is one of the key components in repairing wounded skin” according to a leading New York City dermatologists.

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  3. Collagen
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    Collagen

    “Collagen can actually increase skin hydration in people over the age of 30 and slow the formation of deep wrinkles” according to Sumayah Jamal. Collagen can be taken orally in pills, powders, and drinks.

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  4. Zinc
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    Zinc

    According to several studies including a 2007 study published within ‘Wound Repair and Regeneration’, dietary zinc helps promote wound healing. It also helps promote healing of sores.

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  5. Hyaluronic Acid
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    Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our connective tissues, like the skin. In fact, over 50% of our levels are found in our skin cells. According to Dr Maryam Zamani, it “is critical in maintaining skin hydration“.

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Roxanne Griggs

Roxanne Griggs

Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr)

Qualified, Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr).