Every week we like to bring you a roundup of some of the latest trends in beauty, health and wellness, and other articles of interest to ZENMED blog readers. Last week, we came across some interesting articles on signs of a Vitamin D deficiency, psoriasis and high blood pressure, how to improve melasma and whether there is a link between acne and milk.

Signs you are lacking vitamin D

Denise Dador reports on the latest studies estimating that half of all Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. We know that the sun can give us sufficient Vitamin D, but knowing whether we are getting enough can be difficult. There are physical signs of a deficiency, including bone pain, hypertension and chronic pain. A simple blood test can reveal your Vitamin D levels. Experts recommend getting 20 minutes of direct sunlight per day, but advise wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen the rest of the time in order to prevent skin damage.

Hypertension medication found to increase risk of psoriasis

If you are one of the many people who take medication to treat high blood pressure, you may be at greater risk of developing psoriasis, according to a new article in Skin Inc.  magazine. Research indicates that women who take beta blockers long term to treat their hypertension are more susceptible to developing the skin condition. Psoriasis affects 3% of Americans. Experts hope that this new research will prompt further studies into whether certain medications can raise the likelihood of developing other chronic skin disorders.

Melasma: Tips for managing

The American Academy of Dermatology shares tips of dealing with melasma, which is a skin condition which is characterized by brown spots on the face. Melasma is triggered by sun exposure, birth control pills, pregnancy and more. The AAD advises wearing sunscreen daily to help prevent further pigmentation changes. Other recommendations include wearing a wide-brimmed hat and avoiding waxing as a form of hair removal, as the resulting skin inflammation can worsen melasma.

Is milk giving you acne?

Lisa Antao  talks to the experts about whether the hormones in milk products are linked to acne.  When NaturalNews conducted a study on teens with acne, regular milk drinkers were 44% more likely to develop acne compared to non milk drinkers. Another study conducted by a Darthmouth Medical School dermatologist revealed that because milk raises insulin levels, male androgen receptors open up, making a perfect storm for acne to occur. If you’re a milk drinker and acne sufferer, what do experts recommend? Try eliminating milk for a couple weeks to see if you notice any skin changes. Have you tried eliminating dairy from your diet? Has it affected your skin? Let us know!