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Vitamins That Cause Skin Irritations

by
author image Gord Kerr
Gord Kerr's professional background is primarily in business and management consulting. In 1991, Kerr started writing freelance for a small local newspaper, "The Summerland Review," and a leading sailing publication, "Cruising World Magazine." Kerr has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfred Laurier University.
Vitamins That Cause Skin Irritations
Vitamin toxicity can cause skin irritations. Photo Credit milosducati/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

If you want a healthy body and beautiful skin that holds together, you need vitamins. However, excessive use of supplements, allergic reactions and interactions with medications can cause adverse effects including skin irritations and rashes.

Niacin

Vitamins That Cause Skin Irritations
With a severe allergic reaction to niacin, chest pain, difficulty breathing or jaundice can develop, requiring medical attention. Photo Credit michaeljung/iStock/Getty Images

Excessive niacin, also known as vitamin B-3, can be toxic, causing a skin rash characterized by itchy hives or a swollen red rash over the body, predominately on the face and neck. With a severe allergic reaction to niacin, chest pain, difficulty breathing or jaundice can develop, requiring medical attention. While excessive niacin can cause skin irritation, so can a lack of it. A symptom of vitamin B-3 deficiency is a thick, scaly and dark-pigmented skin rash from sun or heat exposure.

Vitamin A

Vitamins That Cause Skin Irritations
Vitamin A in excessive doses can cause side effects including dry peeling skin, itching and loss of skin elasticity. Photo Credit Heike Kampe/iStock/Getty Images

Antioxidant properties of vitamin A are essential for maintenance and repair of cells, tissue and skin. Vitamin A in excessive doses can cause side effects including dry peeling skin, itching and loss of skin elasticity. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, vitamin A supplements in combination with medications for skin conditions, such as retinoids, could cause toxicity with resulting adverse side effects. Taking vitamin A along with warfarin could induce bruising and bleeding.

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B Complex Vitamins

Although vitamin B is useful for relieving dryness and itchy skin, too much or too little of the vitamin can cause skin disorders. Skin eruptions can result from a deficiency of vitamin B-1. According to the Acu-Cell Nutrition website, lack of vitamin B-3 and B-4 can cause pellagra and dermatitis, whereas an overdose can cause a skin rash. Improper levels of biotin in the body can contribute to skin disorders and seborrheic dermatitis in infants. Risk factors of low levels of vitamin B-2 include light sensitivity, cracks in the corners of mouth and inflammation of lips and tongue. PABA, or vitamin B-10, in therapeutic low-level indications can cause depigmentation of some areas of the skin.

Vitamin C

Vitamins That Cause Skin Irritations
Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits. Photo Credit Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Vitamin C helps fight skin infections and promotes healing of wounds and production of collagen. However, a lack of vitamin C can cause easy bruising, excessive bleeding and wounds that will not heal. In addition, vitamin C deficiency can cause dermatitis and impaired formation and maintenance of collagen.

Beta-Carotene

Vitamins That Cause Skin Irritations
Topical tanning products make use of carotene to create the skin discoloration called carotenodermia to simulate a suntan. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. Although a high intake of foods or supplements containing beta-carotene does not induce dangerous toxic effects, the telltale sign of excessive carotene is orange-yellow skin, most often concentrated on the palms and soles of the feet. Topical tanning products make use of carotene to create the skin discoloration called carotenodermia to simulate a suntan.

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