March 11, 2019

The Gut-Skin connection

Unlike other organs, you can touch, see and check your skin health every single day, thus the skin is an indicator of what is going on inside your body, especially your gut health.

We are what we absorb. The primary role of the gut is to absorb the nutrients from the food for growth, repair, and normal functioning of our body. When the proper absorption of nutrients is inhibited, and when the body doesn’t receive enough nutrients, it begins to prioritize which organs will get the available nutrients.

In such conditions, these changes can easily be noted in your hair, nails, and skin. This is because when nutrients are in shortage of supply, the body drives nutrients towards essential organs, neglecting the hair, nails, and skin.

Making improvements to the digestive system is proven to improve our skin health, immune functions, and energy levels. If you want to heal your skin, you have to heal your gut. The first step in healing your skin is to make sure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs through a balanced diet.

A lack of digestive enzymes reduces the amount of fat and protein that you absorb, and leave your skin feeling dry and dull. Consult a qualified nutritionist to get your digestive enzymes to work efficiently in order to resolve dry skin problems.

Try to avoid processed foods, refined sugars, alcohol, and gluten. Include a fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and legumes in your diet. Feed your skin with nutrient-rich natural skincare. Thus, taking good care of your gut health ensures you a glowing, clear skin.  

Skin is like magic and it repairs all by itself most of the times. You can cut it during surgery, and it grows back together in a week. You can puncture it with a needle, and it fills back in to stop bleeding within a matter of a few minutes. Skin is miraculously fast at creating the new cells, removing the old ones, repairing the structural damage, and re-establishing the blood flow.

Our skin helps in our survival, yet we complain about it almost all the time. It tells a lot about how we feel and communicates with us but we have never cared enough to listen to it.

It is a wonderful mirror signalling what is going on with our body and mind. Whether we are anaemic, dehydrated or malnourished, our skin lacks its healthy glow, exposing the signs very clearly. If we are sad and forget to smile, our skin literally shows it.

The skin has spread far and wide across our entire body, so it is natural that every thought we think, every word we say, and every intention we have passes through it. It is constantly in contact with our inner workings, making it obvious that there is no wonder that our skin knows very well about our inner self more than us.

Skin reflects how we feel about ourselves, thus projecting our inner truths. It forms what we perceive as ourselves and delineates us from the rest of the world. In short, skin is our boundary.

Skin speaks to us through the location of acne, eczema patches, dry skin, changes in hair growth, pigmentation, wrinkles, and stretch marks.

No matter how your skin speaks to you, it always provides a message to be appreciated. Hearing that message and responding to it is what going to support your skin issue to a deeper level than any other ointment or treatment.

Invest in your skin and listen to it carefully, because it’s going to be with you for a really long time. Remember, no matter what the colour of your skin is, it’s all about what you feel on the inside.

Be happy and keep your skin healthy!

acne

Acne can feel so distressing that you just want to hide your face from the world.

For most people with acne, the skin condition takes a toll on more than just the way they look. Acne can affect one’s emotional health. Studies have found that people with acne may also suffer from:

Depression, Anxiety, low self-esteem and Loneliness. Every day, dermatologists see the devastating effects that acne can have on someone’s life.

In some schools, kids are bullied with names such as “crater face”. This can cause self-esteem to deep dive into the basement. Teens could feel so low that just want to be alone all the time.

Research has shown that people often say that they feel embarrassed or ashamed and too self-conscious to be their natural self. This might stop teens and even adults from being confident during a job interview or taking pictures or actively participating in class or work.

Some women say that it has led them to cancel dates with their boyfriends as they felt unattractive. They tend to be aloof or irritant until the flare-up fades away.

Needless to say, people prone to acne often develop depression and anxiety.

Treat it early and save your stress

As with any disease or condition, addressing it early can save you a lot of stress or emotional distress. In that case, it may leave behind permanent scars and your emotional well-being may be the price you have to pay.

Our advice! Don’t wait it out and try all home remedies based on videos you see on the Internet. Visit your dermatologist right away and get to the bottom of the issue.

syndet

Every day in the media, you are constantly bombarded with advertisements for soaps which claim to be healthy and good for the skin. They claim the most natural ingredients and may promise you Cleopatra’s beauty on a platter.

How do you then find out which one suits you the best? How do you know what parameter to look for in choosing a soap? pH is your magic word. Our skin is naturally designed to fight infection and environmental stresses. But the ability to do so is affected by the pH level. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. On a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is considered a neutral reading. Skin’s natural pH is about 5.5 i.e., acidic and any deviation from this value leads to failure of the skin’s ability to protect itself.

Most cleansers, including natural soaps, detergent soaps, etc., tend to be too alkaline for the skin. Due to which they remove natural oils from the skin thereby, causing dryness and irritation. Only syndet based cleansers have a skin friendly pH 5.5. Bathing with a syndet over a long-term provides moisture to the skin and maintains skin pH. It proves very effective for the skin to fight off pathogens.

For happy skin, choose a syndet and not a soap. Bathing with a syndet over long-term provide moisture to the skin and maintains skin pH keeping it fit and healthy.

dark neck

Dark Neck? Does it seem dirty?

You might have scrubbed dark neck a hundred times or even more, but it still seems like you haven’t taken a shower for weeks. We understand how it feels. But worry not, because the issue is not on the outside, but on the inside.

Yes! The problem may appear on the skin, but it is caused by cells inside the body. This condition is called “Acanthosis Nigricans”.

This condition on the neck is due to the accumulation of extra skin cells. The main reason for accumulation of extra skin cells is hormonal imbalance, specifically the hormone that regulates blood glucose level. When this fails to lower the blood glucose level, the body produces more of it.


Besides the neck, the skin on other body folds like underarms, groin, elbows and knuckles might also get affected.

Lack of exercise, obesity and junk food are the main reasons for hormonal imbalance. Anyone who isn’t leading a healthy lifestyle is at risk. It’s even seen in children who are 8-10 years old.

Acanthosis Nigricans is a condition which makes people prone to diabetes which is an irreversible disease. So whenever you see people with dark patches on their skin, educate them that it is not dirt and ask them not to ignore the issue. Encourage them to visit a dermatologist immediately. Only a dermatologist can identify if the patches are “Acanthosis Nigricans” or just dark pigmentation and can treat it accordingly.