The idea of eating for healthy skin means including key vitamins and minerals into the diet from natural food sources.
Certain nutrients are known to be essential for healthy skin, including Vitamins A, C, and E.
Vitamin A is necessary for gene transcription and immune function, vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and immune function, and vitamin E is a fat-soluble skin antioxidant.
While there are a multitude of supplements available for these nutrients, they are generally more effective when consumed in foods, such as:
For patients who may be on more limited diets, antioxidants can be derived from:
Selenium, zinc, and calcium are also important mineral supplements for healthy skin.
More details on foods that promote healthy skin can be found at “How to eat for healthy skin” in our sister publication, Dermatology Times.