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The Four Best Vitamins to Add to Your Skincare Routine

If the last time you took a vitamin was when it was given to you in Flinstone form, then it’s time you add them back to your morning routine – especially if you’re concerned about your skin.

If vitamins are the micronutrients our body needs in order to function, then it’s only logical that using the best vitamins for your skin can have a positive effect on your appearance. But if like most of us, the skincare aisle gives you a case of paralysis, you’ll want to bookmark this blog post. Here are the four best vitamins for your skin’s overall health.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is widely considered the most effective skincare ingredient. It comes in many forms, but its most famous derivative is retinol. It works by binding to skin cell receptors, strengthening the epidermis, and supporting skin cell turnover. It also protects collagen against degradation and is a powerful acne fighter too.

Vitamin B
Unlike other vitamins, vitamin B refers not to a single vitamin, but a group of them. There are eight different types: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and pantothenic acid (B5) – just to name a few. Vitamin B3 is a particularly common ingredient in skincare products as it’s known for helping skin maintain its normal barrier function, reducing dryness, and soothing related conditions like eczema.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C – also called L-ascorbic acid – is an antioxidant that boosts collagen production, decreases pigment formation, and protects against environmental hazards. Like other antioxidants, Vitamin C protects the skin cells from being damaged by pollution and UV rays. This ultimately slows the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E – called alpha-tocopherol – is a moisturizing antioxidant which improves the skin barrier, protecting skin cells from free radicals and UV rays. It also helps the skin retain moisture, improving the skin’s hydration.

At the Dermatology Center of Acadiana, our mission is to provide patients with expert dermatologic care in a comfortable and welcoming office environment. Experience the difference that our friendly staff makes to your skincare experience when you schedule an appointment at 337-235-6886.