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Happy with the skin you live in?

18 May 2012 2:58 PM - Your skin is the result of what's happening on the inside...

Your skin is often one of the first things people notice about you.  So how is yours?  Does it glow with the vitality of inner health?  Or are you one of the many people who suffer with a skin problem? 

Common skin complaints we see in our naturopathic clinic include acne, dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, dry, itchy red skin and more.  By the time people come to see us they have usually tried a whole variety of prescription and over the counter creams, lotions or drugs with varying degrees of success. 

When treating skin problems, as a naturopath, we look at the whole person, both inside and out. There are many things that can cause skin problems and sometimes it can be a combination of more than one. 

Causes of skin complaints may include:

  • nutritional deficiencies or excesses

  • poor digestion

  • food intolerances

  • "leaky gut"

  • stress

  • environmental toxins

  • genetics

  • poor  or dysfunctional immunity

  • disturbances of bowel flora

  • constipation

  • medication

  • exposure to allergens e.g. dust mites

  • hormone imbalance

  • systemic inflammation

Your skin is one of the major organs of elimination, alongside bowel, kidneys and lungs.  If one of these pathways is not functioning well then the others have to pick up the slack.  So, often when we see skin problems it is a sign of an issue with the bowel or kidneys for example. 

Naturopathically we look at all of the possible causes and develop a treatment plan to suit the individual.  It is important to tread carefully so as to avoid making things worse.  However, the right combination of diet, herbs and nutritional treatments can make an amazing difference, not only to your skin but often to your energy and other areas of health as well.  It is common for skin issues to sit alongside other health concerns and when you look at the possible causes you can begin to understand why. 

So, if you are not happy with the skin you live in perhaps consider a more holistic approach to the treatment of your skin problems and if you'd like help with that, give us a call on 9620 9503.

 

Love yourself, love your health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD

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