I often get the question if there have been any discoveries about new treatments for skin issues.
And although magazines make us believe that the latest ingredients and treatments can make you look ten years younger, there have been just a few developments. There’s a development I follow which can be quite interesting.
There’s the research about the key-role of how our intestines can have an effect on our skin.
It’s actually old knowledge and many doctors don’t apply it, so more research will be needed to complete the whole puzzle.
I would like to share some of these insights with you, because I know your skin and health can recover a lot with this information.
In the past (and in Eastern medicine), a doctor could tell you what your health issue was after he took a look at your skin condition. Nowadays it is a bit different.
Do you have eczema? So they’ll prescribe you a corticosteroid cream or ointment. Is your skin covered in pimples? You will receive antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Apart from the fact that antibiotics don’t distinguish between ‘bad’ and ‘good’ bacteria, and that because of this the bacteria balance in the whole body is disturbed, there is always the danger of resistance.
More important: it is, in my opinion, a fallacy to look only at the outside of your skin. Because when your skin reflects your health, prescribing a cream is a waste of time and effort.
This is exactly what has emerged from literature in recent years; although skin care products and medicinal creams can help the skin to become “healthy” again, often there underlying cause remains.
A very good example is acne
Research shows there is an inflammatory process in the skin and an enhanced immune response. Simple explanation: you respond, very violently to things another person could easily handle.
You actually see the same phenomenon with rosacea. Although it is related to the presence of demodex mites, these mites occur in almost everyone. But with people with rosacea they really cause problems; their skin reacts excessively and violently!
Although it’s sometimes useful to disable these ‘triggers’, it’s perhaps much more useful to make sure that your body reacts less violently.
You should help your skin to strengthen so it can defend itself.
You can do this by restoring the natural balance, for example by hydrating and using anti-inflammatory and barrier-repairing ingredients and products.
In many cases it isn’t enough. Research shows that this exaggerated violent immune response takes place not just in the skin, but in the entire body. And the same research shows that in many cases there’s chronic inflammation in the body.
Where does that chronic inflammation come from?
There can be many reasons for a disruption of your immune system balance and the emergence of a chronic state of inflammation, and thus also of problems with your skin. A wrong diet, antibiotics, overweight, smoking, lack of sleep and a lot of stress can all contribute to this. One cause is very interesting. This cause is your intestine; an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in the gut (dysbiosis or SIBO) and the so-called ‘leaky gut syndrome’ can cause a lot of problems. Over and over again it’s shown that these intestinal problems often occur in people with acne and rosacea.
It’s a complicated story, but when it’s rumbling in your gut, a whole cascade of events can cause your body (and skin) to respond very violently to anything and everything.
Moreover, it can also have an effect on your hormone function, with all its consequences.
It’s really worthwhile to think about this, especially since research has shown that after treatment of the bowel the skin also refurbishes. If you suffer from acne or rosacea, do not just treat your “outside”, but also try to get your “inside” in order again …
Check your intestines
If you have skin problems and a lot of bowel problems, then let’s find out if there is an underlying reason for your skin complaints.
Nutrition and lifestyle
Even without intestinal complaints, it may be that your body is in a chronic state of inflammation; whether or not caused by the condition of your gut. Try to find out if you can restore your body.
- Eat a low carbohydrate diet and do not drink alcohol.
- For some people, gluten and milk products can be a problem. Try to avoid them for a while to see and feel which effect it has on you.
- Ensure adequate sleep, exercise and relaxation
- Choose good fats and avoid bad fats. You can possibly take omega-3 fatty acids.
- Add enough vegetables and fiber to your diet
- If you think that with your current diet and lifestyle you will not get enough vitamins and useful substances, take them extra. The intake of taking extra vitamin D, probiotics, and anti-oxidants can do a lot for your body and skin, they work anti-inflammatory.
Take your time
If you want to try and get things back on track, try this for at least four weeks, but preferably a few weeks longer. In the meantime, make “your plan of action” for your skin and body. If you’re serious about this and combine it with a barrier repair and anti-inflammatory skin care plan, I think you’ll be very happy that you’ve made an attempt. Not only for your skin, but for your overall health, too!
∼ Wilma ❤️