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What are the Best Vitamins for Rosacea?

Anna T.
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Updated Mar 03, 2024
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The best vitamins for people with rosacea are generally considered to be B vitamins. Taking vitamins B and B-12 may help to treat rosacea and prevent further skin flare-ups. Some other vitamins for treating rosacea include vitamins E and C. Both of these vitamins are often recommended for improving skin quality in general and helping with rosacea. Additionally, it could be beneficial for a person with rosacea to take a multivitamin every day just in case the rosacea is related to a vitamin deficiency.

People who take B vitamins for rosacea may notice an improvement in the quality of their skin, because B vitamins are some of the most important for overall skin health. Vitamin B-12 may be especially beneficial for rosacea, and a person with severe rosacea might need to take additional amounts of this vitamin aside from what may be included in most B vitamins. Injections of vitamin B-12 could also be a good way to get extra amounts of this vitamin. Many doctors will administer these injections to people for various reasons, including to help with skin problems and to support immune system function.

Vitamin E is generally considered very useful for healing the skin, and people who take these vitamins daily for rosacea often notice that their flare-ups heal faster. It may help prevent scars or other long-lasting complications that sometimes result from rosacea and other skin problems. In addition to being available in supplement form, a person may be able to increase the amount of vitamin E she gets in a given day by eating foods with good fats. Things like avocados and canola oil tend to be good sources of vitamin E. Dark, leafy green vegetables are another source of extra vitamin E.

One of the other important vitamins for rosacea is vitamin C. This vitamin not only often improves the condition of the skin, but also tends to boost the effectiveness of the body's immune system. A stronger immune system may help to ward off rosacea flare-ups for many people who struggle with it. Taking vitamin C and other vitamins for rosacea may help to prevent and treat the skin disorder, but a person with rosacea might need to determine what is causing the problem before relying solely on vitamins to treat it. Before taking vitamins for rosacea outside of what may be included in a daily multivitamin, a person should make sure it doesn't contain any ingredients that can exacerbate flushing, like niacin, and talk to her doctor about the condition to find out what other treatments may help.

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Anna T.
By Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to The Health Board. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
Discussion Comments
By anon316584 — On Jan 29, 2013

I recently started using Made from Earth's Rosehip Hibiscus Serum based on my dermatologist's recommendation. The serum is great and hydrates my skin. I have rosacea and my skin tends to be extremely dry, but since using these products, I find my skin is very well hydrated and does not irritate my rosacea.

By fify — On Jul 25, 2011

@turquoise-- Hey, I know the question isn't directed at me, but I thought I'd pitch in about beta carotene.

Beta carotene is an antioxidant that actually turns into a form of vitamin A in the body. It helps the body fight infections and is beneficial for rosacea because it will improve your immune system and should lessen symptoms like redness and inflammation that rosacea causes.

You can find beta carotene supplements but naturally, carrots are a great source for it. So are sweet potatoes, squash and spinach.

I'd recommend having more of these foods. I have seen carrot juice sold at supermarkets, in the natural juices isle. That is a good source of beta carotene. You could make it fresh at home if you have a juice maker. I don't have rosacea but I do enjoy having fresh carrot juice from time to time.

By turquoise — On Jul 25, 2011

@burcin-- Yes, I have rosacea and my skin becomes very very dry and is irritated quickly. I cannot remain in the sun long even if I have sunblock on.

I am taking all of the vitamin supplements you mentioned except for beta carotene. What is that exactly? Which foods have it?

Thanks!

By burcinc — On Jul 24, 2011

I think rosacea also causes very dry skin and becomes worse in the sun, correct?

I know that vitamin A and beta carotene are very good for dry skin. They help the skin repair itself and keep in the natural moisture. They are also good for protecting the skin from sun damage.

I personally benefit from vitamin E and vitamin C since they are antioxidants and help keep the skin fresh and healthy.

I think a multivitamin with all of these in it would be the best vitamin for rosacea.

Anna T.
Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to The Health Board. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
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