Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, is a fat soluble vitamin that can affect as affect as many as 2000 genes in the human body. This vitamin is produced as a response to sunlight falling on your skin and it is known to have several important functions. One of the main benefits that Vitamin D has to offer is that it regulates the absorption of phosphorus and calcium. It is also considered to be very important to the proper development of your bones and teeth. OROGOLD Cosmetics reviews a new study which suggests that Vitamin D might also help children to take care of their eczema issues that usually become worse during the winter months. Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed.
This study was conducted with the help of researchers working for the Health Sciences University, Mongolia. It involved a total of 107 children who were aged between 2 to 17 and were chosen from 9 different outpatient clinics in Ulaanbaatar. The study was also published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, October 2014 issue.
In this study, the researchers discovered that Vitamin D could drastically reduce the symptoms that are associated with eczema. According to Dr. Carlos Camargo, working for the Massachusetts General Hospital, although the problem is quite common, the exact proportion of patients who suffered from atopic dermatitis and experienced worsened symptoms during the winter months is not known. He further mentions that this study probably used a large group of patients who had low levels of Vitamin D and were made to take safe and widely available Vitamin D supplements on a daily basis.
One of the most common treatments for those suffering from severe cases of atopic dermatitis is to use UV light in a controlled manner in order to stimulate the production of Vitamin D in the skin. While conducting this particular research, the authors also tried to examine why the condition worsens during the winter months by exploring the possibilities of Vitamin D helping out in treating the disease. All children who were a part of this study saw their atopic dermatitis flaring up during the transition phase between the fall and the winter seasons or during the winter months. For the purpose of the study, the participants were divided into two groups – one group was offered a 1000 UI dose of Vitamin D on a daily basis and the other group was offered placebo.
The symptoms experienced by the children were evaluated at the beginning and one month after the study ended. The parents of these children were also asked for their opinions on whether the skin condition of their child had improved or not. It was revealed that the group which received Vitamin D supplements experienced an average improvement of almost 29%. On the other hand, the group that was offered placebo only experienced an improvement of 16%.
Although it wasn’t determined whether or not the children who were a part of the study had a Vitamin D deficiency from the beginning, another study had clearly indicated that almost 98% of the Mongolian children suffered from low Vitamin D levels. This made the researchers go with the assumption that the children who were a part of this study were also Vitamin D deficient.
Further studies are needed to determine whether Vitamin D can actually help children and adults to reduce their atopic dermatitis symptoms throughout the year, but it seems that Vitamin D can actually offer wonders in treating atopic dermatitis conditions.