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Dry and rough facial skin, borderline anemic, taking vitamin A rich food, iron supplements. Suggestion?

Hello, doctor. I am a 23 year old Black male. I am 5 6 tall and weigh 135 pounds. A problem I ve had for a while is a sickly/ unpleasant facial appearance. My facial skin appears dry and rough. It doesn t look smooth and supple like that of other people my age. A few years ago, I was told by a doctor that I was borderline iron-deficient anemic. So, could that be a cause? To improve my appearance, I ve starting eating carrots because they re rich in Vitamin A, which I read is good for skin. I ve also starting taking iron supplements and Centrum Chewables. Will any of these actions I ve started to take help with my skin?
Asked On : Wed, 11 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for writing in.
It is true that iron deficiency anemia can make you look unhealthy but it should not typically be leading to the the complaints that you have. This is particularly so as you have only borderline iron deficiency. Further, to get the skin you want, I would suggest thee following:
a. Have a healthy and balanced diet. Typically, your diet should have 50-55% carbohydrates, 15-25% protein and 20-30% fat. You should also be drinking 3-4 litres of water and be consuming 5-6 servings of vegetables in a day.
b. Avoid junk food. It is unhealthy, makes you gain weight and is bad for your skin
c. Try and consume 5-6 meals daily. Eat every 3-4 hours. Have an early dinner
d. Exercise everyday for atleast 50 minutes.
e. Sleep for 7-8 hours a day
f. Wash your face twice a day with a soap free facewash. Always use a sunblock before stepping out.

Please do not take iron supplements without seeing a physician. Then can damage the liver when taken in excessive amounts or over a long period of time.
You can take Centrum but its more important to have a proper lifestyle in the long run
Answered: Wed, 11 Apr 2012
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Dermatologist Dr. Puvvula Kishore Kumar's  Response
Hi..dear stfor..,
Thanks for choosing HCM..,
Good..,carrot and Iron suppliments are need ..,
for good looking skin..,
Morning times use SUNSCREENLOTION apply on face..,
before going to sun..,
Night times use Moisturizing cream...ELOVERA MF.,
will give bettr result..,
Take plenty of fresh fruits and vegetablwes..,
Answered: Wed, 13 Jun 2012
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