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What You Need to Know About...Vitamin D

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Adequate vitamin D levels are essential for a good treatment outcome. Even when the sun is shining and the weather is warm, a vitamin D deficiency can be a problem for many people. One little known impact of the lack of vitamin D is the integrity of the skin barrier, which can cause issues like increased sensitivity, acne and chronic dryness.

One of the skin’s functions is the synthesis of vitamin D (7-dehydrocholestrol), which occurs in the stratum spinosum and stratum basel. If our skin’s barrier is not intact or damaged, the ability to get optimal levels are also impacted. Even though we refer to vitamin D as an essential part of our diets, it is not a traditional vitamin. The sources are limited in our diet. It really is a fat soluble pro-hormone steroid that effects the endocrine system as well as cell communication and proliferation.

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Susanne Schmaling is a NCEA certified, licensed master esthetician, laser technician and accomplished instructor with more than 21 years’ experience. Her career encompasses all aspects of the spa world including sales, spa ownership and medical spa modalities. She is the founder of the Esthetic’s Council. She is an accomplished book author as well as an advisor on Skin Inc.’s Advisory Board.

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