Hey there everyone! Today’s topic is skin health. Who does not want clearer skin, fewer blemishes, fewer rashes, or fewer wrinkles? Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of the body? And it is involved in a lot of the processes that go along in the body including protecting you from infections, and removing toxins to name a couple. Actually, if you follow the skin from the outside, down into your mouth and through the gastrointestinal tract to the end, it is all connected, so exposure to things that you eat potentially have an ability to cause problems on the skin or to improve the skins health. It can go either way. When the body sweats, there is a release of toxins from the skin. So it stands to reason that how well hydrated a person is also affects the skin. Dehydration especially leads to more wrinkles. So what can affect your skin’s health besides the amount of water that you drink? There are a couple areas that can lead to issues such as rashes, acne, eczema, and psoriasis, etc. The first is diet–specifically food sensitivities, secondly hormone imbalances, and thirdly what you put on your skin (such as parabens, mineral oil, petroleum products, and other chemicals derived from the petroleum industry) can also be detrimental. How do you know which one of these it may be , or could the skin issues be a combination of several things. As kids grow up, acne in the teenage years is common and thought to be related to the change in hormones status, but the underlying treatment is not figuring out what hormones are out of balance, but to give antibiotics to the teenager–which can can cause an imbalance in the gut environment leading to future problems such as yeast overgrowth and food sensitivities. Of course food sensitivities can also occur in the teenager, so if one is experiencing severe acne, rashes, psoriasis, or eczema, it warrants testing–hormones, diet, etc. before beginning a course of antibiotics or drugs such as Accutane.
There are several treatments that can be tried for these skin problems before trying antibiotics. one is the Tea Tree Oil, the essential oil from the plant–Melaleuca alternifolia–which comes from Australia. According to Dr. Stengler, this oil prepared for topical use can be used for “acne, boils, burns, warts, gingivitis, fungal infections” and others. Oregano oil also has antiseptic properties. Most of the essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil prior to using them on the skin as they are very potent, even in small quantities. Another remedy for acne uses geranium essential oil. This recipe uses “1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of spa facial clay and 6 drops of geranium essential oil.” (Essential Oils: Natural Remedies). These ingredients are mixed in a clean glass dish and then applied to the cleansed skin and left on for an hour, then rinse off and repeat every couple of days. Another recipe combines geranium essential oil, tea tree oil, lavender essential oil and lemongrass essential oil in an aloe vera gel.
Psoriasis can be helped with carrot seed essential oil, and separately with juniper essential oil. Carrot seed oil is applied in small quantities directly to the areas of psoriasis a couple times a day (Essential Oils: Natural Remedies) and it helps to promote healing as carrots are high in Vitamin A which is good for skin health. Food sensitivities also play a role in psoriasis.
Hormone imbalances that occur to cause acne and skin lesions include estrogen dominance and testosterone dominance. The the best way to find out what is out of balance is a saliva test. Blood testing is not very effective in determining whether the hormones are in balance or not. The blood test will only say what the level is at that particular moment in time that the blood is drawn. Urine tests can also be done to assess hormone imbalances. If either estrogen dominance or testosterone dominance is found, adding progesterone frequently will help to correct the imbalance. One condition common to women that is associated with acne and a hormone imbalance is polycystic ovarian condition. Progesterone and dietary changes (eliminating sugar and carbs) help this condition greatly. However, this should be done under the guidance of your physician.