Vitamin D Cream for Skin Problems

Updated February 21, 2017

Vitamin D is beneficial vitamin and antioxidant that is widely known as a key element in supporting a healthy immune system and preventing bone related diseases like osteoporosis and rickets. Vitamin D can be absorbed into the body through several forms, including exposure to the sun, supplement pills and vitamin D creams. The cream form of this vitamin can be useful in treating skin conditions and supporting overall skin health.


Topical application of vitamin D cream can be used as a treatment for skin problems like psoriasis, which is a skin condition that causes dry, red, flaky skin. According to Web MD, vitamin D is also recommended as a treatment for the common skin abnormality, eczema, vitiligo and scleroderma.


Vitamin D cream is available in over-the-counter and prescription products. According to Healthy Skin Care, some over-the-counter vitamin D creams have proven to not be very effective in the treatment of psoriasis because they do not contain the active vitamin D derivative that is found in the prescription creams and supplements. Vitamin D is also commonly included in composite creams including vitamins A and E, which are beneficial for giving intense moisture to dry or cracked skin.


The results of vitamin D cream on skin problems can vary based on your skin type as well as the severity of the issue. Vitamin D is effective in targeting and improving symptoms such as itching, flaking and redness. Overall skin dryness can be significantly improved with the use of a vitamin D cream. The antioxidant properties of vitamin D can help to prevent premature ageing and damage to skin cells.

Side Effects

One of the best qualities of using a vitamin D to treat skin maladies is that there are few to no side effects. Alternative treatments for issues like psoriasis, such as steroid creams, can cause increased redness and skin irritation.

Time Frame

Repeated application of the cream over a period of time tends to garner the best results. According to Healthy Skin Care, several weeks of treatment are normally required to relieve the symptoms.


Vitamin D is a supplement to aid in increased skin health, but there are no guarantees that the cream will ameliorate your skin problems. Consult a dermatologist to determine a more aggressive course of action if your symptoms do not improve over time.

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A West Coast transplant currently living in Washington D.C., Rhiana Quick has always had a passion for writing and started her freelance career in 2010. Quick earned her bachelor's degree in political science and French from Boise State University and is currently working at a nonprofit organization.