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Skin tears



Is there a vitamin you can take to prevent your skin from being so sensitive...My husband lately, is having a problem with his skin tearing easily. he is a charter boat captain and is exposed to the sun daily. this was never an issue before but has become an issue in the past month.


Unfortunately, there is really no quick solution in the form of a pill that would absolutely prevent the sensitivity. The easy tearing is probably due to a combination of processes: natural aging, sun exposure, dryness, etc. Adequate moisturization is essential, as well as use of sunscreen when going out. Vitamins C and E are great antioxidants for the skin but the actual amounts needed to exert beneficial effects are not established.

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Elma D Baron, MD Elma D Baron, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director, Skin Study Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University