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Vitamins to Get Rid of Spots

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author image Rob Callahan
Rob Callahan lives in Minneapolis, where he covers style, culture and the arts for Vita.MN and "l'étoile Magazine." His work has earned awards in the fields of journalism, social media and the arts. Callahan graduated from Saint Cloud State University in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy.
Vitamins to Get Rid of Spots
Vitamins can reduce or eliminate many types of spots on the skin. Photo Credit redstallion/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Spots and other blemishes of the skin can cause embarrassment and lower your self-esteem, but many types of skin spots can be treated, reduced or removed by applying the proper vitamins. Depending on the cause of the spots, you can either apply vitamins directly to the affected skin or add them to your regular diet. Whenever unusual spots appear on the skin, have them examined by a dermatologist.

Acne Spots

Vitamins-nutrition.org states that a healthy, balanced intake of vitamins and nutrients is essential to keeping skin healthy and reducing acne. Certain vitamins are also effective in reducing acne spots when applied topically, directly to the affected skin. Vitamin E, applied topically, can help reduce or eliminate spots due to acne. You can apply pure vitamin E oil directly to affected skin to encourage cell regeneration; apply it at night when the skin begins to become more absorbent. Vitamin E oil is available at most grocery stores and drug stores. Other vitamins that contribute to the health of the skin and reduce acne spots are vitamin A, C and E. These vitamins are prominently found in darker-colored fruits and vegetables. The vitamin A acid tretinoin is also useful for diminishing the appearance of acne when used in conjunction with other skin cleaners, according to Drugs.com.

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Age Spots

Age spots are dark concentrations of pigment that form on the skin over years of sun exposure. You can treat them with some success by applying tretinoin, which is a vitamin A acid more commonly known as Retin-A. Tretinoin causes mild irritation on the skin that causes the cells to grow and die more rapidly, increasing the rate at which new cells are produced. Over time, the cells with high concentrations of pigment die and are shed. Because tretinoin works by irritating skin cells, Drugs.com reports that individuals with sensitive skin may experience excessive irritation, edematous, blisters or crust formation. Citing the FDA, Drugs.com advises immediate termination of use if any of these side effects occur.

Broken Blood Vessels and Splotches

Health911 recommends several diet and lifestyle changes that can affect the appearance of splotchy skin or spider veins, including the use of many vitamins. Vitamin B6 boosts the immune system and encourages cellular growth, vitamin C aids in circulation, vitamin K strengthens and supports capillary walls to prevent future splotches and vitamin E increases oxygen uptake within tissues to improve circulation and reduce any swelling around the affected area. Vitamin A also helps prevent these spots, but can be harmful if too much is taken, so consult a physician before exceeding the U.S. recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.

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