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Foods That Help Dry Skin

By Angalar Chi ; Updated July 18, 2017

Your skin can get dry and flaky if you are not getting enough vitamins in your diet. Vitamins serve very important roles in maintaining your overall health, including your skin's health. Your skin moisturizes itself by retaining water. When you don't consume the right foods that provide vitamins and minerals, your skin will not retain as much water as it needs.

Foods High in Vitamin A

Your skin needs vitamin A to remain healthy. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radicals, substances that can damage your cells. Vitamin A also plays a role in the synthesis of skin cells. If you don’t get enough vitamin A, rashes may appear on your skin. Eat vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables, such as cantaloupe, passion fruit, tomatoes, sweet potato, carrots and spinach, to help your skin retain moisture.

Vitamin C

Your skin can get really dry during the winter season and to restore smoothness and elasticity to it, eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. Examples include oranges, guava, papayas, broccoli and cabbage. A deficiency in vitamin C will result in rough and dry skin.

Vitamin B-6

If you’re getting dry, cracked skin at the corners of your mouth, you may want to boost your diet with fruits and vegetables like avocado, banana, passion fruit and grapes. Also include broccoli, bok choy, green pepper, sweet potato, or meat, fish and poultry to ensure that you are getting enough vitamin B-6.


Niacin plays an essential role in keeping your skin healthy, including keeping your skin moisturized. A niacin deficiency can lead to flaky skin or to a condition called, eczema. People with eczema experience itchy, red and dry skin; sometimes the skin becomes crusty as well. To reduce the risk of developing eczema, eat niacin-rich foods like eggs, poultry, fish, meat, cereals and nuts.


Getting adequate amount of riboflavin in your diet can help alleviate dry skin as this B vitamin contributes to healthy skin. A deficiency in riboflavin will lead to cracks at the corner of mouth and skin rashes. You can also develop eczema on your face as well. Take in adequate riboflavin from your diet by eating dairy products, meat, leafy green vegetables and enriched bread and cereals.

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