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How to Treat Thin Skin With Herbs or Vitamins

author image Dr. Susan Jewell
Health expert and network TV/radio/Internet host, Dr. Susan Jewell has appeared on CBS, Fox News, ABC and NBC. She is a health blogger and producer, and currently produces several webisode/TV series on "how-tos on health and living green." Dr. Jewell trained in clinical research medicine in cancer and AIDS/HIV at NIH and UCLA.
How to Treat Thin Skin With Herbs or Vitamins
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Thin skin can result from genetics, aging, medication, poor diet, lifestyle choices and the external or internal environment. To treat thin skin, start addressing the factors that can cause it and modify behavior and lifestyle to build strong bodies and healthy skin. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, target nutrition with vitamins and supplements, reduce stress and engage in a healthy skin hygiene regimen to increase circulation to the skin cells and build healthier, glowing skin. However, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has not approved the used of supplements or vitamins for treating thin skin. Consult your medical doctor for advice if you are currently under medical care.

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Step 1

Berries have high antioxidant content, which protect skin cells.
Berries have high antioxidant content, which protect skin cells.

Eat berries and foods with high antioxidant content. Berries ranked at the top of the list for foods containing antioxidants, according to an article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, June 9, 2004, and cited on Antioxidants will help prevent cellular and skin damage from free radicals produced from exposure to UV light. This will allow for growth and repair of thin skin. Other excellent antioxidant sources are blueberries, strawberries and cranberries.

Step 2

Tumeric is a powerful antioxidant herb.
Tumeric is a powerful antioxidant herb.

Mix tumeric with sandalwood powder and make into a paste with alkaline water or add tumeric to topical cream and apply. The anti-aging property found in tumeric can be attributed to a natural substance, curcumin, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. This substance is an antioxidant and eliminates free radicals, thus preventing thin skin.

Step 3

Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of skin cells.
Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of skin cells.

Add Vitamin C to your daily diet, as well as to your skin care and hygiene regimen, to help accelerate the growth or repair of skin cells and to build healthy, strong skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Vitamin C is an important protein and building block for the synthesis of collagen, a basic structure needed for skin, bone and cartilage. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables such as oranges, watermelon, papaya, grapefruit, cantaloupe, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprout and juices fortified with vitamin C. Topical creams with added vitamin C can be applied to moisturize and hydrate thin skin after a bath or shower.

Step 4

Vitamin A can be applied in topical creams.
Vitamin A can be applied in topical creams.

Apply Vitamin A topical creams containing retinoids to thin skin for protection against damage from the environment and for preventing premature aging, a key factor contributing to thin skin. An article on Vitamin A published by the University of Maryland Medical Center stated that the use of retinoids, a synthetic form of vitamin A, can help many skin problems, including premature aging. You can take Vitamin A either through food or as supplements, tablets or capsules. Excellent food sources are dairy products, fish liver oils and leafy green vegetables. Topical cream containing retinoids are available only through prescription and monitored under the care of a physician.

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