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Skin tears

11/28/2005

Question:

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.

Answer:

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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Response by:

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