5 Things Your Skin Is Telling You

Our skin is a very important organ that serves a variety of functions. Skin is also our largest organ - we have about 22 square meters on our bodies and the skin of an average adult weighs about 8 pounds! No wonder skin is so important. Our skin acts as a barrier to protect us from elements that would otherwise harm our body; it is our first line of defense. But defense isn't the only function of skin! The health of skin is inextricably linked to the health of the body and because the skin is such a large, visible organ, the internal health of our body is constantly on display. Skin gives us very important clues as to what is happening inside of our body; if you are paying attention, you will have more insight into the health and wellness of your entire body. Ready to find out more about what your skin is trying to tell you?

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Read on to discover 5 common skin conditions that can have underlying causes.

 what skin reveals about your health

1. ACNE

Acne is the most common skin disorder; shows up in the form of blackheads, pimples, whiteheads, and cysts.

Potential causes: Consuming excessive inflammatory foods, a diet lacking in nutritional value, a gut imbalance, or hormonal activity.

In teenage years, the production of testosterone and other hormones causes the skin to increase oil production. Youths are particularly susceptible due to the wide-ranging physiological changes that are taking place. However, anyone who has suffered from adult acne knows that breakouts aren’t only happening to teens. 

Adult acne usually occurs due to an inadequate diet, specifically one that is lacking in nutrition or contains too many inflammatory foods.  A well-balanced diet is important for balancing hormones, reducing gut inflammation and a healthy immune system. When any of the functions are irregular, the skin is prone to periodic outbreaks. Click HERE to access my free resource library and download my “What Foods Cause Acne (and what to eat instead)” guidebook.

2. DRY SKIN

Dry skin describes skin that is cracked, flakey and rough, resulting in itching, redness, and peeling.

Potential causes: Dry skin often occurs due to nutritional deficiencies, circulatory problems, or hormonal imbalances.

Dry skin isn’t always a byproduct of inadequate hydration, although that may also contribute to the condition. Furthermore, constant application of moisturizers and creams is not a preferred long-term solution.

Skin dryness that is persistent in nature can be the result of a hypothyroidism – insufficient production of thyroid hormones, problems with blood circulation, and exposure to certain environmental conditions. A diet lacking in nutrition is also a common cause of dry skin, making a well-balanced diet important to skin health. Click HERE to access my free resource library and download my “Dry vs Dehydrated Skin” guidebook.

3. ECZEMA

 what skin reveals about your health

Eczema generalized term for a group of skin conditions that produce a scaly, itchy, and sometimes blistering rash; often found on the hands, feet, face, behind the ears, and in the flex points of knees and elbows.

Potential causes: Food allergens, skin irritants (soaps, shampoos, disinfectants), microbes, hormonal imbalances, environmental conditions

Eczema is an extremely uncomfortable and irritating skin condition that affects nearly 30 million Americans. The number of potential causes often makes a trip to the family physician a necessity, especially if the underlying cause is food allergens or environment-related. Eczema can result in asthma-like symptoms, including airway restriction and wheezing.

Food intolerance is a common underlying cause, as improperly undigested food can cause a condition called “leaky gut,” which unnaturally enhances the permeability of the small intestine. The condition can cause toxins to be released into the bloodstream and affect our immune system.

4. PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is common skin disorder that forms thick, red, bumpy patches covered by silvery scales. Psoriasis can appear anywhere, but is most often found on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back.

Potential causes: Metabolic syndrome, overactive immune system, irritation of the gut.

Psoriasis is a particularly difficult condition to live with, as its effects on the skin can be quite visible. Combining this with the fact that those suffering from the condition are often given a variety of non-effective treatments, those with psoriasis are often frustrated and searching for answers.

Medical professionals aren’t exactly certain what causes this skin condition, although they believe that an irregular immune system can cause skin inflammation, including psoriasis. Outbreaks can be triggered by strep infections, emotional stress, cuts, scrapes or surgery.

Fortunately, newer and more advanced treatments are now available. These treatments include steroid creams, moisturizers, prescribed vitamin D cream, and retinoid creams. Doctors also recommend seeking lifestyle changes, which includes stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, and eat a nutrient-dense, low-glycemic diet.

5. SKIN TAGS

Description: Small, soft protrusions located on the neck or eyelids, or under the armpits, breasts or near the groin.

Potential causes: Hormonal imbalance, blood-sugar conditions, obesity.

Skin tags are another skin condition that can be caused by hormonal fluctuation. However, skin tags are more commonly caused by skin growth from high blood-sugar levels. Insulin resistance, something that potentially affects up to 75 percent of the population, is often the root cause of spikes in blood sugar.