Could your skin be a window to your health?
My skin from 4th grade to 40 years old was not good. If I had known then, what I know now, I might have made different choices. I did not listen to my skin. I did scrub, scour, paste and cover my skin. I did use antibiotics inside and out to “treat” my skin.
I did learn that if I ate certain things my skin would thank me for it later. Even though the dermatologist told me and my mom that food did not cause acne. But, I did not know that my skin was trying to tell me something about my health all those years.
I recently heard a doctor say that acne should be called diabetes of the skin, because in his practice those that had teenage acne, now had diabetes as an adult. Studies have linked acne to excessive carbs, milk, sugar, and fat. One 1959 article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal nicknamed acne “skin diabetes”. Most of the information is not new, it is just not taught or practiced by many doctors today.
One way diet could affect acne is through inflammation. The theory among scientists is that acne is a Western disease like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, triggered by over stimulation of a certain cell-growth system. The mechanism: A high sugar load increases blood levels of the hormone insulin, which triggers androgens, growth hormones, and cell-signaling pathways, resulting in low-grade inflammation, more oil secretion, clogged pores, and acne flares.
In 2010, I changed my diet and “poof” my acne disappeared. Now some may say it was a coincidence. I mean surely you outgrow teenage acne at some point, right? Give me a donut and my face will give me a zit.
After all these years I get it. I listen to my skin.
What is Your Skin Telling You
- Acne on the forehead: This often indicates too much stress or increased stress. It may also indicate dehydration and/or constipation. What to do: Your body may be telling you to drink more water to flush the toxins and help with elimination. Decrease the stress to help balance hormones and support the digestive system.
- Cystic acne on the lower cheeks and chin: This type of acne indicates hormonal imbalance. What to do: Eliminate sugar, white carbs, unhealthy fats, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods. Sleep and exercise are also important. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you don’t give your body enough time to detoxify properly, in addition to messing with your hormones. Exercise is crucial because cystic acne is almost always related to lymph stagnancy and if you’re not moving, the toxins aren’t either.
- Red, inflamed whiteheads around the mouth and nose: This may indicate digestive inflammation, stomach hypoactivity or food sensitivities. What to do: Get tested for food sensitivities is one way. Elimination diet is another. Getting probiotics and/or eating more greens may also help with digesting food.
- Overall acne: This could be a sign of an unhappy gut. Your skin may be telling you that the body is dealing with more toxins than it can handle. If the liver is overloaded and can’t process the toxins coming in, it will often push those toxins through the skin. What to do: Follow the 31 Tips: Living a Proactive Lifestyle.
- Wrinkles and/or dry, dull skin: Your skin may not just be telling you that you are getting older, those with more wrinkles and/or dry skin have been found to have nutrient deficiencies and/or dehydration. What to do: Eat a balanced diet of fruits and veggies and drink more water.
- Rosacea: Your skin may be telling you that you have a toxic buildup, leaky gut, and/or bacteria imbalance. Conditions like Crohn’s, celiac disease and bloating often come along with rosacea. What to do: Real food diet and probiotics often improves not only the digestive system but also eliminates the rosacea.
- Eczema: Your skin may be telling you that you have an allergy, food sensitivity or stress of some kind. What to do: Keeping a food journal and working on a healthy gut and decreasing stress may help improve eczema.
Putting It All Together
God has made these wonderful bodies for us. Yet, we often ignore the signs and symptoms that are body is giving us. The skin is truly a window to our health. If your skin is talking to you take a little time to listen.
The tips I have been sharing are ways you can take proactive steps to live a life of wellness with healthy results. Each tip leads you closer to building a healthy foundation, supporting your body and protecting it from the toxins we have all around us.
If you are interested in finding out how proactive you are currently living, then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to discover your Wellness Score.
Our Growing E-Course has great tools and recommendations to help you on your wellness journey. Think of it as a daily coaching reminder on how your body works and how you can support it. We have included information on the skin and the products and supplements that may support you to have healthy beautiful skin. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
I am enjoying this write 31 days challenge and I hope that you are finding these tips beneficial to living a more proactive lifestyle.
If you would like to learn more tips, click on the box. I will be adding tips daily.
Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.