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I reached out to Bianca Cashman from BC Naturopathy to give her expert advice when it comes to looking after your internal health and how that relates to certain skin conditions we see in clinic. Taking care of your skin takes a multifaceted approach with a huge focus being on your inner health. The most effective way to treat the skin is looking at whats going on inside, how we can help improve internal health and body function as well as the outside with in clinic treatments and the correct product prescription.
Article by Bianca Cashman - Naturopath.
SKIN HEALTH: Beauty is more than skin deep ~
Did you know your skin is your largest organ and an important indicator into your internal
Skin concerns such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis are all a signal that something
inside your body needs support. By approaching the skin from the inside out we can access and take
a closer look into possible health imbalances. This may include hormones, nutritional deficiencies,
liver function, blood sugar dysregulation, genetics, oxidative stress and inflammation and
environmental exposure- including the products we choose to use on our skin.
What we eat ~
A healthy diet is a foundation for improving skin conditions. Foods that provide antioxidants,
vitamins and minerals and other phytochemicals can support overall skin health and quality. Fresh
fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, high fibre foods assist in improving digestion, good
quality protein contributes to skin elasticity and firmness, and diets higher in good fats can improve
skin moisture. Our skin is also reliant on excellent hydration. Our body consists of ~75% water, with
our skin being composed of ~70% water. Hydration is key not only for skin health, but our health in
Although the word ‘detox’ has become a bit of a buzz word these days, there is viable reason to
suggest that our bodies detoxification ability may be implicated in skin health. In a healthy body, our
eliminatory organs -skin, lungs, kidneys, liver, lymph, and gut- are constantly breaking down and
removing wastes for us. In certain circumstances, if one or more of these systems are not working
optimally, other systems of elimination will need to work harder. Our skin is our largest eliminatory
organ, so it is no wonder that issues with detoxification may show up here.
Hormonal Health ~
For women in particular, changes in our hormones throughout our life and even throughout our
menstrual cycle can influence the skin. Acne specifically, can be largely driven by imbalances in
hormone production in some individuals. Certain hormones can increase sebum (oil) production and
influence skin cell turnover in our pores. Blocked pores can become inflamed or infected and can
result in acne. Even though hormones can affect our skin, there can be other underlying causes as to
why our hormones are not working optimally.
Digestion and Gut Health ~
Most people have heard of the ‘mind-body connection’, but we also have a ‘gut-skin connection’.
Our gut and skin share numerous similarities in structure and function, and both developed from a
common embryological origin. Both our skin and gut are in contact with our external environment
(our gastrointestinal tract is technically ‘outside’ of our body). Both systems have a dense vascular
network and mounting scientific evidence and studies have linked gastrointestinal health to skin
health- particularly for inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
On a Surface Level ~
Just like our gut, our skin has its own microbiome (bacterial microflora) which helps us to regulate
the skins immunity, inflammation, moisture balance and sebum control. Disruption of the skins
delicate microbiome can ultimately impair skin barrier function leading to dry, sensitive skin,
inflammation, and the possibility of developing skin conditions. Therefore, it is so important to use
gentle, well researched products that work with the skin, rather than against it. This is why working
alongside a qualified skin therapist that is aware of the significance of the skin microbiome will allow
for the best results.
Working from the inside out ~
In any condition we see, working in a holistic nature will ultimately provide the best results. Skin
conditions can be complex and investigating the root cause is the ideal approach. Working on the
inside while taking care of the outside will not only create glowing healthy skin, but a healthy body
too. Naturopaths are well versed in the use of supplements and herbs as therapeutic agents in the
management of skin conditions. Working with a qualified naturopath and qualified beauty therapist
will ensure the best results for you.
Bianca Cashman, Naturopath
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