Diet, Micronutrients And Nutrition Supplements

2785 Words Mar 3rd, 2015 12 Pages
Diet, micronutrients and nutrition supplements have long been studied and utilized in the maintenance of skin health, beauty and integrity. The skin is the largest organ of the body, consisting of three layers: the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis, providing a protective layer from the external environment.1 The dermis and hypodermis contain the cutaneous vascular system, allowing for deliverance of nutrients to the skin, temperature regulation, immune function and wound healing. Manifestations of poor skin health can be caused by various nutritionally related conditions, such as vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition or obesity, as well as other disease states that can negatively impact normal skin physiology. Nutrition as a treatment or causation of certain skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis and non-melanoma skin cancer has become a controversial area of study.2 One of the most disputed controversies in the history of dermatological research has involved the role of nutrition in acne development. It is estimated that greater than 17 million Americans suffer from acne, resulting in negative psychological and emotional impacts.3 The disease effects between 80-90% of adolescents in America, yet is also prevalent in many adults, with the average age of treatment being 24. Since acne often persists into adulthood, hormonal imbalances and endocrine signaling during puberty cannot be the only cause.4 Due to the frequent occurrence of acne in the United States, many health care…
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