Cracked skin can appear on multiple parts of the body such as face, ears, nose, feet, heel, between toes etc. The underlying cause for all of these has to do with a vitamin deficiency in a way or another. In my case nourishing my body and increasing the amount of vitamins through natural foods helped me heal a condition I had since I was born. In the first days after I was born I had cracked skin between my toes and it was bleeding that’s how dry the skin was in that area. I could not wear socks because the heat would make it worse. For my mom it was very hard to put any shoes or socks on because I would cry so much because of the pain. Of course doctors prescribed a cream right away and it “cured” it for a while but then it came back. I remember using again and again this cream until I was 9 or 10 years old. I never knew why it came back then it disappeared then it came back again. For me it is very clear now that every skin condition has an underlying deficiency and I am glad to share with you something that I cured after years and years of suffering.
Cracked skin symptoms and vitamin deficiencies
- Cracked and scaly ear skin or cracked skin between toes
Seborrheic dermatitis (aka dandruff) can involve the ears and is in fact quite common. Some may complain about the scaly crust that develops on the front of the ear or behind the crease of the ear, which can also be itchy. This condition and cracked skin between the toes has the same exact root deficiency and that’s why I put them under the same category.
Deficiency: Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and participates in the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, lipids, and in amino acid metabolism. B6 in relationship with sodium and potassium regulates the body’s water balance. One of the functions of vitamin B6 is called transsulfuration. Now don’t worry about the complicated name because all it means is when one sulfur molecule can replace another. When pyridoxine is deficient in the body, the metabolism is altered. Vitamin B6 is needed in the body to manufacture its own vitamin B3, and B2 is needed to activate pyridoxine. Nutritional supplementation with high doses of vitamin B6 and magnesium is claimed to alleviate the symptoms of dry and cracked and is one of the most popular alternative medicine for this condition. However in order to be absorbable by the body you also need to have magnesium as these two work in symbiosis. Some studies suggest that the B6 – magnesium combination can also help attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, hyperemotivity, and aggressive behavior which I find fascinating.
Best food sources: Brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds, pistachios, turkey, wheat germ, liver , chicken meat bananas, avocadoes, spinach etc
2. Cracked skin around mouth corners
There was a period in my life where I had cracked skin around my mouth corners. It was horrible as I could not eat properly and it hurt a lot! After 2 weeks of this symptom not passing away I decided to research it and I found out it was an actual deficiency. How could I miss that?
Deficiency: Vitamin B2
Riboflavin or vitamin B2 is an essential nutrient in human nutrition and plays a very important role in the production of energy. B2 is needed to process amino acids and fats and it also activates vitamin B6 and folic acid and helps to convert carbohydrates into the fuel the body runs on. Vitamin B2 is great in the prevention of headaches, cataracts, acne, dermatitis and eczema. In the treatment of anemia, adding vitamin B2 to iron supplements has shown to increase its effectiveness. Riboflavin protects the nervous system so it is crucial in treating nervous system conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and even anxiety, and fatigue.
Best food sources: almonds, grass-fed milk, liver, brewer’s yeast, grass-fed and properly fermented cheese, eggs, mushrooms, sesame seeds, spinach etc
Now cracked skin may have other underling deficiencies as well and it depends on the person’s background and genetics as well. Other common deficiencies when dealing with dry and cracked skin may be zinc, omega 3 and vitamin C. You should make sure your nutrition provides your body with all these vitamins and minerals proper for skin health and skin regeneration.
Also, meanwhile your body absorbs and stores all these necessary vitamins in order to help and protect your skin from the exterior you can use coconut oil or as I recommended in this article calendula cream or tea. They have soothing and antibacterial properties which helped me and my skin a LOT during the periods when I had this problem.
What supplements did you take or what changes in your daily nutrition did you do in order to get rid of these symptoms and deficiencies? What worked for you? Share in the comments down below.