Skin problems can be especially upsetting and difficult to deal with, particularly when they are
visible for all to see. Did you know that your skin is your body's largest organ and is often referred to as your third kidney in Eastern Medicine? As well as coping with a multitude of environmental and external factors, your skin's condition reflects the state of your inner health.
Skin conditions are our body’s way of telling us that something is out of balance. Your skin may be telling you that you are eating the wrong foods or not eating enough of the right foods. Perhaps the detoxification systems in your body are sluggish and not eliminating toxins properly, placing an extra burden on your skin. Stress can also be a major contributing factor when it comes to problem skin, especially conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Sometimes food sensitivities can be involved. Dr. Carolyn has found that the elimination diet, combined with the blood type diet, is extremely helpful in identifying food sensitivities.
Natural Solutions for Healthy Skin
Sometimes, external treatments alone do not offer the healing solution your skin needs. Naturopathy's holistic approach to skin care considers a wide range of factors, from diet and lifestyle, vitamin and mineral deficiencies to the functioning of your internal organs, to help determine the cause(s) of your skin condition. By understanding and addressing the cause of the skin condition Dr. Carolyn can offer natural, effective, long term solutions to your skin concerns.
Who Can Benefit From Naturopathic Skin Care Support?
If you have been struggling with a persistent and frustrating skin condition, it's possible that you need to consider the problem from the inside out. There may be some underlying health issues in your body, or dietary or lifestyle issues, that need to be resolved. This is when naturopathy may be able to help you.
Conditions that can be successful helped with naturopathic medicine include:
- tinea and fungal infections
- premature aging
- stretch marks
Most people find that when addressing their skin problem using naturopathic principles, their general wellbeing and health also improves, as the care address the cause of the problem.
Natural solutions for problem skin aim to sustain healthy skin and promote a clear complexion by using the body’s own restorative capabilities to vitalise the skin from the inside out.
Management of acne, breakouts, hyper-pigmentation and wrinkles plays an important part in skin quality. Naturopathic care looks at healthy resolutions for skin conditions in people of all ages and skin types.
Acne Skin Care
Choosing a natural acne skin care regime will go a long way to making sure you will be able to look into the mirror each morning feeling confident with a clearer happier complexion looking back at you.
Firstly, What is Acne?
Acne is usually considered an adolescent affliction affecting up to 80% of teenagers, although it is not uncommon for adults to suffer from acne too.
Types of Acne
Acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne, consists of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and deep cysts that appear mainly on the face and to a lesser extent on the chest, shoulders and back.
Acne Rosacea can look similar to the aforementioned acne vulgaris, and the two types of acne are sometimes confused for one another.
Acne Rosacea sufferers are usually over the age of 30 and usually women, although if men have it, it is usually more severe. It appears as a red rash which is normally confined to the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. The redness is often accompanied by bumps, pimples and skin blemishes, but no blackheads. Blood vessels may also become more visible on the skin. Left untreated, it can cause swelling of the nose and the growth of excess tissue, a condition called rhinophyma. Treatment is different for rosacea than for acne, and it is important for you to consult your dermatologist as well as your naturopath about a natural acne skin care regime specific for acne rosacea.
Severe forms of acne are rare, but they inflict great hardship to the people who experience them. Examples are Acne Conglobata, Acne Fulminans, Gram-Negative Folliculitis and Pyoderma Faciale.
Causes of Acne
Acne commences when the sebaceous ducts become blocked by skin overgrowth, forming a whitehead, or by plugs of sebum which darken on exposure to air, forming a blackhead.
When the sebum trapped in the whitehead or blackhead is forced into the deeper skin layers, an inflammatory reaction causes a red lump called a papule. If infection follows, pus collects and the classic pimple (pustule) is seen. When the inflammatory condition is severe, large and painful cysts may form.
Acne is often associated with hormonal imbalance, and will typically develop during puberty when hormonal activity increases the size and activity of the sebaceous glands. Some women also experience acne as a component of pre-menstrual syndrome.
The naturopathic view is that acne is aggravated by ineffective toxin elimination, which may be related to a build-up in the system due to the liver’s inability to effectively break down circulatory toxins. It can also be initiated by food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, poor gut bacteria, poor diet and stress.
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