Many People suffer from skin conditions
Many people suffer from skin conditions, which can impact their quality of life and happiness. Our skin is the largest organ of the body, and when our skin is healthy and radiant it assists in the elimination of toxins, helps regulate our core body temperature, and protect the inside of the body from potential invading micro-organisms.
But that’s not all…. The skin is what the world sees and often judges us by. Having healthy radiant skin is often a top priority for anyone who has experienced the emotional feeling that comes with skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Just as there are many different skin conditions, there are also many different root causes to these skin conditions. If you have considered any of the areas below and didn’t see improvement, there is a good chance there are additional pieces of your Big Picture that need attention.
Some of the most common causes of unhealthy skin include
- Hormones. Hormone imbalance particularly plays a role in teenage and young adult acne. Fortunately, hormonal imbalance is usually easily corrected within a short period of time. Hormone imbalances may include excessive androgen production as seen with PCOS, or imbalances in estrogen, progesterone, cortisol.
- Stress. It is well known that stress can exacerbate an existing skin condition and can also be involved with the onset of a skin condition.
- Liver- Many skin conditions – from acne to eczema to psoriasis – can be linked to poor liver function.A tired, overworked liver can lead to dry, itchy skin, acne, and a dull complexion. Everything you eat, drink, and consume is processed by your liver, so it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible.
- Environmental Pollutants– The skin is subjected to harsh elements daily. Air pollutants, water pollutants, UV rays, excessive humidity, and lack of humidity, among others. In a nutshell, the skin is constantly under attack. The skin serves as a protective layer for so many other vital aspects of biology and physiology, but, it is a living organ, and susceptible to the process of oxidation through free radical development.
- Digestion. Digestive issues may include food allergies, food sensitivities, antibiotic use, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Candida overgrowth or intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”). Digestion is especially implicated in childhood and adult eczema and psoriasis.
- Underlying Inflammation. Low grade, chronic or systemic tissue inflammation is invisible from the outside, yet very common with most chronic skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Nutrient Deficiency. A lack of specific nutrients that the skin requires, such as Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, polyphenols, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids including Omegas 3,6 and 9 can create a weak skin barrier. The skin barrier needs to be strong and healthy, to avoid skin conditions such as dermatitis, and fungal infections.
As can be seen from the common causes of skin conditions, resolving skin complaints for long-term healthy skin will often require more than just lasers, lotions, and creams. The good news is that natural medicine can assist with all these causes, plus many other individual cases.
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