Beautiful Skin – we all want it.
Yet many of us suffer from a variety of skin problems – breakouts, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, adult acne and more.
With the advent of summer, we want to bare our skin and not have to worry about unhealthy skin.
Most people try to address the problem from the outside – by putting something on the skin. While that can help to a certain extent, a pervasive skin problem is an indication of what’s going on inside the body.
‘Skin problems are a clear sign that the body requires detoxification,’ says Ron Garner in Conscious Health.
Skin problems are usually an indication that there is a hormonal imbalance, a build-up of toxins, allergies, infections, yeast overgrowth, stress, improper diet or inflammation.
The skin is the third largest detoxification organ next to the colon and liver. If the liver and colon are clogged, it will almost certainly show up in the skin.
So let’s look at the internal situation first.
Correcting abnormal liver function is a great benefit for treating psoriasis as well as other skin disorders. According to the Encylopedia of Natural Medicine, psoriasis has been linked to the presence of microbial byproducts in the blood.
“If the liver is overwhelmed by excessive levels of these toxins in the bowel, or if there is a decrease in the liver’s detoxification ability, the toxin level in the blood will increase and the psoriasis will get much worse,” it states in the Encylopedia.
Bowel Toxemia –
Toxins in the gut such as bacteria, Candida albicans overgrowth as well as a diet low in fibre can cause skin problems. Why is fibre so important? Because fibre helps bind the toxins in the bowel and move them out of the body.
Often food allergies play a role with incomplete protein digestion or poor intestinal absorption of protein breakdown which results in higher levels of amino acids, which are metabolized by bowel bacteria into toxic compounds.
Hormones regulate skin’s oil production, so a hormonal imbalance is going to affect the skin. A lack of essential fatty acids, the good oils, can affect the bowels causing a toxic buildup leading to skin problems.
Candida Yeast Infection –
An overgrowth of the Candida yeast in the intestines play a major role in many cases of skin problems.
An overly acidic diet causes inflammation which also results in skin problems. An acidic diet has an over-emphasis on sugar, meat, dairy, alcohol and coffee. It needs to be balanced with an alkaline diet which focuses more on fresh fruit and vegetables.
“Most skin problems start with inflammation,” says Chuck Barton, the head of Seabuckthorn Inc. in Peachland. “Seabuckthorn is an excellent anti-inflammatory.
A healthy diet is the start to improving skin conditions. It’s critical to take detoxifying products that help the liver and bowel.
These include supplements like cholorophyll, wheat grass and marine phytoplankton – which help support healthy cells.
Milk thistle detoxifies and improves liver function.
Caprylic acid and wild oil of oregano help kill the candida yeast, which will have a significant effect on improving the bowel function as well as the skin.
Essential fatty acids like hemp oil, flax seed oil, olive oil and evening primrose oil are critical to healthy skin. These good oils also help with inflammation.
Acidophilus also plays an important role in digestion, which prevents toxic buildup in the bowel.
Acidophilus is critical for balancing bacteria in the body, and that balance will keep the candida albicans in check. Natural health experts believe that acne is caused by too much yeast in the diet (often from eating too much sugar). Consuming acidophilus helps keep yeast in check, acts as an immunity booster, a natural antibiotic and regulates waste elimination.
Seabuckthorn, a plant that is indigenous to Siberia and Mongolia, contains many nutrients like Vitamin E and the essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9.
Barton says the plant is good for teenage acne as well as rosacea, which often surfaces in adults, and the hormonal ups and downs in women which affect their skin.
Seabuckthorn is also available as a tea, which will “flush out the system like you won’t believe,” says Barton. “It’s a known liver detoxifier.”
All of the above solutions are a good start to improving your complexion. If you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, pick one product and take it for two weeks to a month, monitoring the results.
It’s best to detoxify the liver and bowels first before doing anything else.
There are many products on the market, which have varying levels of success.
Tea tree oil is a known acne fighter. Witch hazel can also be used to balance the skin’s Ph levels.
Seabuckthorn cream is also useful for acne, rosacea and other skin disorders.
Dermamed makes several products for skin disorders as well as a natural sunscreen. One product that fights acne contains tea tree as well as an aloe gel which soothes the inflammation and redness in the skin.
Vitamin E oil is useful for preventing scars as well as nourishing the skin.
Shea butter is another natural product that is great at moisturizing the skin.
Emu oil is an oil that is really good for distressed skin.
Neem tree cream is also very good for skin, particularly for psoriasis. Klaus Ferlow of Ferlow Brothers Botanicals experienced severe psoriasis but he finally managed to solve the problem after 40 years. Just listen to his story.
“At the age of seventeen I moved away from my family home in a small village in Northern Germany to start apprenticeship in sales, marketing and promotion in a big city situated in a heavy industrial area,” says Ferlow.
“Due to the stress of a completely different diet and lifestyle, being for the first time by myself in an environment of widespread pollution, I soon developed severe Psoriasis on my scalp and elbows. Ongoing treatment from allopathic doctors were unsuccessful and after over forty years I was told that I had to live with it for the rest of my life. Then, early in 1994, I had the good fortune of tuning into the CBC television series “The Nature of Things” with Dr. David Suzuki, which featured a program describing the miraculous healing power of the Neem Tree from India. With the help of a professional Chemist I developed a Neem Tree cream, using it for nine weeks and the sick built-up came off and my scalp was totally clear. My psoriasis on the elbows disappeared after using the Neem Tree oil for three weeks. After that I developed a Neem Tree shampoo and we also offer now besides the Neem oil -soap, Neem Tree tincture and toothpaste.From the feeback we have received our Neem Tree cream works also on acne, ezema, rosecea, shingles, prevents insect bites and sunburns to name just a few.”
As you can see, there are many solutions for skin disorders. The best approach is to start with something and try it. If it doesn’t work, try another solution.