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How Do I Choose the Best Vitamin D Cream?

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Vitamin D is an essential element in maintaining human health; it boosts the immune system, prevents bone and skin disease, and helps with skin regeneration. Ideally, our Vitamin D requirements would be met through moderate exposure to sunlight, as this is the main source of Vitamin D, but pill supplements and cream applications may sometimes be necessary. Vitamin D cream is excellent for skin care, and is available as an over-the-counter face cream, Vitamin D lotion, Vitamin D sunscreen, and also as a prescription Vitamin D ointment. To choose the best cream, it is necessary to know skin type and the kind of skin condition, if any, that is to be treated.

Normal skincare creams may contain Vitamin D in addition to Vitamin A and Vitamin E. These can be beneficial in regular skin care as well as in preventing premature skin aging. Daily application can help in treating sun damaged skin and dry skin, as well as in keeping the skin well-moisturized.

A variety of over-the-counter Vitamin D skincare creams are available in the market and it will help to research them online to see what experiences other users have had with them. Before using a Vitamin D cream, it is a good idea to do a skin patch test to make sure you are not allergic to it in any way; if there is any itching or redness, it may be best to try another product.

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In case of skin conditions like psoriasis, it may be necessary to go for a prescription Vitamin D cream that is specially formulated to target the severity of the symptoms. It is advisable to use prescription creams only as recommended by a qualified dermatologist. It may take at least a few weeks, depending on the severity of the symptoms, for the skin condition to improve, but Vitamin D cream has found to be effective in treating psoriasis.

As in the case of over-the-counter creams, it will help to test for any allergic reactions prior to regular use. It is also essential to check with your doctor about any possible adverse interactions if you happen to be on any other prescription medications. In the event you happen to be pregnant or are breast-feeding, you will also need to inquire if using the Vitamin D cream may pose any kind of possible health risks to your child. These skincare creams are generally considered safe, but it is always best to talk to a medical professional.

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candyquilt
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I saw online that there are two types of vitamin D cream -- vitamin D and vitamin D3.

As far as I know, vitamin D3 is a type of vitamin D and has to do with exposure to sunlight. I also know that vitamin D3 is attained through animals.

So what I'm curious about is, which type of vitamin D cream should I prefer as someone who lives in a place that is sunny year around? Is it enough for me to use a vitamin D cream since that will get broken down into vitamin D3 in my body when I'm in the sun? Or is it better to use a vitamin D3 cream?

And what about vegans? Are there any vitamin D3 creams that are okay for vegans to use (that is not a by-product of animals)?

serenesurface
Post 2

@ysmina-- Yes, I'm using one that I put together at home. I used to have really bad eczema and then I read in a book about vitamins that vitamin D is very beneficial in treating eczema and psoriasis.

I first wanted to get one from a store but I saw a lot of additional ingredients and perfumes in these vitamin D creams. I tend to have allergic reactions to perfumes in products so I decided to make my own at home. I mix an organic lotion I have with liquid vitamin D and apply this on my face. My eczema has become less and less since I've started doing this.

I think the more natural the vitamin D cream is, the better. If any organic versions of vitamin D cream come out, I might switch to that. I suppose that prescription vitamin D would work too and might be less harsh on skin than over-the-counter ones.

ysmina
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I'm using a vitamin D cream right now but not as a prescriptive or a cosmetic product. I purchased it at the pharmacy over the counter and it is a vitamin D supplement.

I have trouble swallowing the pill supplements so I asked my pharmacist if there was any alternatives. She said that there is one which melts in water but they were out of stock. She also said that it's available in lotion form.

It sounded really interesting to me and I decided to try it since my pharmacist said that it absorbs through the skin and works just as well as supplements do. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now. I just pumps

some out and apply it on my face and hands and wait for it to absorb.

When I get tested for my vitamin D levels again, I will know if it has been working or not, but I must say that I am seeing brighter and more supple skin on my face. So if it is really helping with my vitamin D deficiency, I will definitely keep using this supplement.

Has anyone else been using any vitamin D cream products?

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