Vitamin B deficiency symptoms on your face and lips signalling you may need supplements

Vitamin B deficiency symptoms on your face and lips signalling you may need supplements

As winter comes closer, many will naturally start to experience drier skin, and cracked lips.

While it’s easy to blame on the weather, it could also be down to a vitamin deficiency, according to health experts.

According to Healthline, cracked lips or bleeding lips indicate a deficiency of vitamin B. This symptom often occurs because the lips are 10 times thinner than any other body part.

That’s why when you’re lacking in essential nutrients, it will have a direct impact on the lip skin.

Split lips or cracked lips are caused by a vitamin B9 deficiency, also known as folic acid. Vitamin B9 deficiency can lead to dry skin, chapped lips, liver problems and hair problems.

Skin changes

“A Vitamin B deficiency can wreak havoc on your skin, causing acne, rashes, dry and flaky skin, cracked lips, and wrinkles,” says Tri-City Medical Centre.

It added: “It can also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, personal care products, and other potential aggressors, and can accordingly lead to redness and irritation.”

Skin lesions associated with vitamin B12 deficiency are skin hyperpigmentation according to previous research.

Angular cheilitis

“Also known as ‘inflammable lips,’ cheilitis the problem of dry, red, chapped, and blistered lips that are itchy and irritable,” says Mathis Dental.

The health site continued: “The symptoms of cheilitis include redness, cracking, bleeding, pain, fissures or lesions on the mouth’s corner, and inflammation.

“Research reveals 90 percent of angular cheilitis is caused due to poor diet.

Vitamin deficiency is the “most common cause of cheilitis”.

How to get enough vitamin B
By eating more foods rich in vitamin B2 such as eggs, milk and lean meat, you can reduce the risk of having dry, cracked lips and cheilitis.

Other highly recommended foods include poultry products, tomatoes, lentils, and peanuts and dairy products such as paneer, yoghurt and ghee or clarified butter.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, most people need to consume the following amounts of B-complex vitamins on a daily basis:

1.5 milligrams of thiamine (vitamin B1)
1.7 milligrams of riboflavin (vitamin B2)
20 milligrams of niacin (vitamin B3)
10 milligrams of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
2 milligrams of vitamin B6
300 micrograms of biotin (vitamin B7)
400 micrograms of folate (vitamin B9)
6 micrograms of vitamin B12
You should see a GP if you’re experiencing symptoms of vitamin B deficiency.