If you have ever suffered from prickly heat rash, you know how uncomfortable the situation can be. However, you will be relieved to know that many vitamins, especially vitamin C and beta carotene or Vitamin A can help your situation.
Why use Vitamins to heal heat rashes? Which are the best vitamins for skin rashes?
A rash is an indication of a deficiency in the body. It is telling you that your immune system is weakened and cannot do its job well. There are many drugs available to cure heat rashes but these often come with unpleasant side effects. There is a better way than drugs and the answer lies in Vitamins –namely vitamins A and C.
Vitamin C is a known immunity builder. Taking high doses of vitamin C during the summer when you normally break out into heat rashes can be beneficial to prevent them. Likewise, vitamin A or beta carotene is an antioxidant vitamin that can protect the skin against harsh UV damage caused by the sun.
Vitamin C for heat rashes
Vitamin C is a heat rash sufferer’s wonder friend. In a study conducted recently, dermatologists used 1000 mg of vitamin C to treat heat rash and nothing else. In less than 2 weeks, the rashes completely cleared. Here is the explanation given by Dr. T.C Hindson of British Military Hospital in Singapore: In extreme heat and especially when your sweat glands are blocked, the body uses up vitamin C excessively. This can be dangerous since Vitamin C is a hydrogen ion carrier of certain enzymes related to sweat production and sweat glands.
Beta Carotene tablets for heat rash
Beta carotene is an antioxidant. It plays an important role in plants to prevent fruits and vegetables from burning in the sun. In our body, melanin plays the same role as beta carotene in that; it turns the skin brown and prevents further skin damage. When free radicals (rogue molecules which damage the plant) are formed due to exposure to UV rays, beta carotene can shield the plants from them. Therefore, research is indicating that taking beta carotene pills can help humans gain sun protection and may even prevent wrinkles, age spots and heat rashes. The FDA has in fact approved beta carotene tablets for prickly heat prevention.
On the downside
Beta carotene tablets are generally safe vitamins to prevent heat rash but in large doses, they could turn the skin yellowish orange. Excess beta carotene could also cause diarrhea.
How to choose beta carotene for heat rash?
Today, there are two types of beta carotene supplements available in the market-natural and synthetic. Man made or synthetic beta carotene is derived from petrochemicals and has higher amounts of trans-fats . Natural beta carotene tablets come from natural sources like carrots, certain marine algae especially Dunaliella Salina. When choosing beta carotene tablets for prickly heat rashes, look for the words ‘natural source or natural D. salina beta carotene’.
How much Beta carotene to take daily?
Studies suggest that we need to take at least 15mg of Beta carotene daily and you can achieve this level by eating 5 generous servings of fruits and vegetables. Talk to your doctor about supplementing with this important nutrient if you suffer frequently from heat rashes.
Vitamin A makes up nearly 95% of the skin’s dermal cells. Taking beta carotene may prevent skin rashes such as prickly heat as well as polymorphic light eruption. As stated above, there are certain adverse effects of taking this vitamin in excess. So always talk to your doctor before starting this regime.