Role of Vitamins in Skin Health: a Systematic Review

Curr Nutr Rep. 2020 Sep;9(3):226-235. doi: 10.1007/s13668-020-00322-4.


Purpose of review: Skin is the main defense organ of the human body against external insults (ultraviolet radiations, infections by pathogenic microorganisms, and mechanical and chemical stress). The integrity and functions of the skin barrier are supported by an adequate supply of micronutrients, such as several vitamins. The purpose of this review was to analyze all vitamin-related skin problems.

Recent findings: The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 2 billion people worldwide experience deficiencies in the intake of essential vitamins and minerals; the percentage of adults all over the world using daily vitamin supplements, for treatment or prevention of chronic disease, has increased very rapidly in recent years. In this review, 65 studies have been selected in order to examine the role of the main vitamins and their derivatives involved in maintaining the well-being of the skin and their use as prophylactic and therapeutic agents in the management of skin disorders.

Keywords: Skin health; Ubiquinone; Vitamins.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Vitamins / administration & dosage
  • Vitamins / pharmacology*


  • Vitamins