Cracked Heels and Vitamin Deficiency - Is There a Connection?
Cracked heels are a quick step to a bad time: dry, painful and difficult to reverse, they’re one frustration many of us would love to eliminate. They’re especially prevalent in colder climates and the winter season, when the elements are definitely not on our skin’s side.
Once cracked heels set in, you’re in for an unpleasant experience. Even the smallest steps can feel like monumental tasks. But to properly treat and prevent them, we have to understand their origin.
The causes of cracked heels vary, from everything including:
- Walking barefoot
- Poor heel support
- Fungal infection
- Deep scrapes to the skin
- Medical conditions like diabetes
- Or simply not drinking enough water
But another big factor has started to emerge as a leading cause of cracked heels: vitamin deficiency, specifically, a deficiency in Vitamin C, Vitamin B-3, or Vitamin E. All three vitamins are vital to replenishing skin.
Aside from supplements, all three vitamins can be found in a variety of natural sources:
Vitamin C is most commonly found in citrus fruits like orange and grapefruit, along with strawberries and even vegetables like Brussels sprouts, peppers and potatoes. A deficiency in Vitamin C can result in fatigue, bleeding gums, hair loss, slowness to heal and even corkscrew hairs.
Vitamin B-3, also known as niacin, is generally found in fish and meat, particularly in liver, tuna, salmon, chicken breast, turkey, pork and ground beef. Vegan sources of B-3 include peanuts, quinoa, muesli, brown and wild rice, acorn squash and nutritional yeast. Symptoms of deficiency include memory loss, light sensitivity and digestive problems.
Vitamin E can be found in large quantities (in fact 20% of your daily recommended intake) in avocados - along with spinach, collard and beet greens. Peanuts & peanut butter, along with almonds and sunflower seeds, are also generous sources of Vitamin E. Premature wrinkles and vision problems can arise from deficiency here.
Aside from the symptoms listed above, a deficiency in any of these vitamins can put your skin at greater risk of conditions like cracked heels (with a weakened immune system making it easier for your skin to break).
Reversing Cracked Heels (from the Inside Out)
If cracked heels are becoming a chronic condition (or even if it’s your first bout), it’s important to load up on these vitamins, to give your body its best chance at rebuilding its immunity and repairing the damage from within. However, that doesn’t fix the immediate damage of your skin. For that, you have to treat the external symptoms directly, not just the causes.
It’s formulated to fix dry skin from the inside out, and cracked skin is no exception to the rule - it’s simply a more severe example.
The good news is that cracked skin recovers faster than conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Delfina works by penetrating the skin's outer layers to stimulate hydration and nutrition from within. Delfina has a proven track record of successfully treating skin conditions including psoriasis. Read more about how Delfina Dry Skin Oil works here and read Delfina success stories here.
Apply Delfina Dry Skin Oil twice a day for the first two weeks of treatment. Continue applying as needed to maintain your freshly moisturized skin and to stay ahead of dryness. It’s also important to stay hydrated - the key to any good maintenance routine.
The link between vitamin deficiency and cracked heels is a clear one, but in addition to taking in your correct daily nutrition, you can set yourself up for success by taking care of skin directly. When moisturizing, stick to products that are not harsh on your skin.
We recommend Delfina Dry Skin Oil, which improves your skin’s natural moisture, and reverses the damage that causes painful conditions like cracked heels. By observing proper maintenance, you can make sure every step you take is a smooth one - even in winter.