From rosacea to psoriasis, acne to eczema, skin conditions are on the rise. In fact, surveys suggest that 60% of adults are suffering from some form of skin disease at any given time.
Despite this, if you are part of this statistic, it can sometimes feel like you’re the only one who is (quite literally) uncomfortable in their skin. It’s easy to feel self-conscious about its condition, but most of the time you just get on with it. And yet, some days—particularly when it flares—self-consciousness can turn to embarrassment, and even despair. You wonder why you’ve been dealt this hand.
More so than the bother of the symptoms themselves (which can range from itchiness to pain) the hardest part to deal with is the psychological burden. Skin conditions can slowly erode a person’s confidence, often to a degree that seems unfathomable to someone who has never experienced a similar complaint.
There are a variety medical interventions that can be prescribed by your GP. From hydrocortisone creams to antibiotics to Roaccutane, many can provide short-term relief, but they are not an adequate long-term solution. So often people find their symptoms abate for a while, only to return with a vengeance later.
The first step to overcoming something is to shift your mindset. This is especially true when working to enhance your health. Rather than despairing at your skin, you could be grateful that it’s providing a visible clue that something isn’t in balance.
“The quickest route to a long-term solution is to employ a targeted protocol that’s created on the basis of your health history, biochemistry and environment”
You see, your skin is your largest organ, an important barrier, and also a window into what’s happening on the inside. Often, if your gut and liver are overburdened by a detoxification load, your body will turn to your skin to help get rid of things—leading to acne, rashes and other conditions. If there is some form of inflammation in your body, this can show up as eczema. If you suffer from intestinal permeability (‘leaky gut’), this can contribute to the development of psoriasis.
These are just a few examples. Many other factors help determine the health of our skin, including sufficient intake of micronutrients, eating the right fats, balancing blood sugar, regulating hormones, being mindful of intolerances, supporting the microbiome and addressing any pathogens. As you can see, simply applying a cream isn’t a going to cut it.
Through employing the comprehensive testing offered by Functional Medicine, and harnessing the power of nutritional therapy to bring the body back into balance, it is possible to locate and address the root cause of a skin condition. It’s true that some conditions can be caused by an external irritant, but for the majority of people the solution lies on the inside.
The approach is slightly different for everyone. Even if two people present with the same condition, the cause will be different in each of them. You can spend a lifetime experimenting with what’s ‘worked’ for other people, but the quickest route to a long-term solution is to employ a targeted protocol that’s created on the basis of your health history, biochemistry and environment. Everyone deserves to feel happy in their own skin.
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