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 fibre-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.

How your skin speaks directly to you

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!

Skin can signal Health Problems

Skin, the largest organ in the human body, can tell more about a person’s health. The changes, ranging from discoloration to new growth, give you a clue that some transformation is taking place inside your body. Some such changes which demand your immediate attention are:

Rashes and Patches

Rash along with fever, joint pain and muscle aches can indicate an internal problem or infection. A velvety rash on the back of the neck or around the arms, with a colour slightly darker than the person’s normal skin tone, is an indication that the patient might have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

In some cases, the velvety rash, also called acanthosis nigricans, could be a warning sign of cancer in an internal organ, such as the stomach or liver. A purple rash on the lower legs that does not react to topical medication can be a sign of hepatitis C infection.

Bronzing of the skin and other discolorations

In people with diabetes, bronzing of the skin can indicate an issue with iron metabolism. A yellowing of the skin along with the yellowing of the whites of the eyes may signal liver failure. A darkening of the skin in scars and skin folds, as well as on joints, such as elbows and knees can be a sign of hormonal diseases, such as Addison’s disease, which affects the adrenal glands.

New growths

New growths on the skin can be a symptom of skin cancer and may sometimes indicate internal disease or a genetic syndrome. For instance, yellow bumps on the arms, legs or rear, can be a result of high triglyceride levels, indicating uncontrolled diabetes and can result in a condition called eruptive exanthemas.

In women, acne that appears along the lower face or jaw line can indicate polycystic ovarian syndrome. This condition may lead to other symptoms like weight gain, thinning of hair and increased hair growth on the face.

Changes in the Nail

Changes in nail colour or shape can be an indication of deficiency or organ system issues. Nails looking like they are fungal infected can be a result of psoriasis which typically affects the skin. Also, there are chances for people with joint pain to develop a form of a arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. Sometimes liver and kidney problems can also cause changes in the nail colour.

Hardness and dryness

The thickening of the skin on the shin can be a sign of high blood pressure and kidney problems. Very dry, itchy skin can indicate hormonal problems, such as an underactive thyroid. An autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis causes the swelling and hardening of the skin. In severe cases, this might even lead to hardening of internal organs, such as the lungs or heart.

On the contrary, very loose and silky skin is a symptom of a rare connective tissue disease, called acquired cutis laxa, which might indicate blood cancers such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma, and could even affect internal organs.

So, never miss any signal your skin sends you. It might want to convey something about your health. Visit your dermatologist and make sure you understand your issue.

August 2, 2018

Skin Can Speak

Mirror Mirror on the wall, tell me who is the fairest of them all. Unlike the villainous queen of the Snow-White story, we may not really ask this question overtly to the mirror. But as we look into it every morning, it does tell us a story.

A story about sleepless nights, age, worries, travel and eating habits. We inspect ourselves to see different shades of colour, perhaps some open pores, a new wrinkle, a rash, a new contour. The more closely we look, a new thing we may not have noticed before become visible and we make a mental note that maybe that discoloration could be fixed with a lotion or re-commit ourselves to the CTM (cleansing, toning, moisturizing) regimen.

If the face is the index of the mind, the skin shows what you have been doing with your life and how you have been living it. Yes, the skin can say something about your health.

What is Skin?
Like hands, legs, kidney, heart, liver etc., the skin too is an organ. It is the largest organ that is connected to every other organ is your body. It keeps your internal organs inside and unless cut, ensures germs and other dangerous particles do not get in.
It is like a kaleidoscope into the functioning of all the organs of your body. How cool is that!

How does Skin Speak to Us?
So how exactly does this conversation happen? Well, it happens by way of codes. You may look at a die-hard dark patch behind your neck that refuses to go away despite scrubbing, just breakout into rashes or find a discoloured patch on your body.

All of these are like the popups that you see while browsing a website. The skin is basically alerting you that all may not be well under the surface. The code in which the skin speaks may not be decipherable by us laypeople, but experts have figured out some common indications and have given us a reference point to at least understand a few of the common ways in which to interpret skin code.

What can you do?
Now that you know that most changes in your skin are a lens to things that may perhaps be wrong below the surface, you sure can do something about it. Look at yourself closely in the proverbial mirror every morning and have that talk with your skin. Don’t ignore the popups or alerts, however subtle they may be. Don’t obsess or stress either, as stress could also harm your skin. Love yourself and learn to be mindful and discerning for a healthy and joyous life.

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.