Skin Disorders – What Do They Mean?

Beautiful skin is really a reflection of inner health. Healthy habits are the begining of good health. This is a natural law.

Friends and enemies
Collagen and good fats are “best-friends” to healthy skin. They give skin firmness and elasticity. Collagen is made from nutrients such as Vitamin C and glucosamine. Good fats in your skin come from good fats in your diet, including supplemental essential fatty acids. Fats in your skin are protected by antioxidants such as Vitamin E and those found in green tea.

Free radicals are your skin’s enemies. These naturally occurring inflammatory substances  can overwhelm and harm your skin.  The result can be looser, weaker, less elastic and drier skin. Remember this important point. When collagen and fat loss is making your skin look bad, it is also aging your entire body.

Your skin is like a battlefield between free radical damage and nutrients supporting healthy skin. Trauma, toxins, deficiency and stress all create free radicals. Antioxidants from your diet and dietary supplements can neutralize free radicals.  Skin disorders can begin when nutrient reserves fail. The most common skin disorders include eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea dermatitis.

Eczema is inflammation of the skin, but he term eczema has come to be associated with a specific type of dermatitis, called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, non-contagious condition.

Symptoms: Itchy, inflamed skin.

Causes: Eczema can develop at any age, but it is most common in infants and children. It is estimated that 65% of people with eczema develop symptoms in the first year of life, and 90% develop symptoms before age five. The condition may improve in adulthood, but 50% of those affected as children are affected throughout life. Eczema is closely associated with asthma and hay fever. All together, they are called atopy. Atopy tends to run in families.

Responds to: Eczema responds well to essential fatty acid supplements, which help keep histamine levels low and nourish the fat pads under the skin. It also responds well to anti-stress herbs called adaptogens and Vitamin B-12.  These nutrients help protect the collagen links from free radical destruction. Vitamin D and aloe vera have been used to balance the immune system response to anxiety and stress which are known triggers for eczema.

Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious skin condition.

Symptoms: Psoriasis is characterized by scaling and inflammation. The inflamed skin is most commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. It can cause pain and discomfort by cracking.

Causes: It is estimated that 5.5 million people in the U.S. have psoriasis. Psoriasis may be a disorder of the immune system. A type of white blood cell that normally protects the body against infection and disease triggers inflammation and causes skin to shed too rapidly. Psoriasis flare-ups may be triggered by: infection, toxins, climate, certain medications and stress.

A condition called psoriatic arthritis develops when the inflamed areas of the skin are accompanied by joint inflammation.  Up to 11% of people afflicted with psoriasis suffer from this condition.

Responds to: Psoriasis responds well to nourishment with essential fatty acids such as those found in OmegaPrime. Stress protection with adaptogens and Vitamin B-12 is also helpful for many people. Vitamin D has also been used by people with psoriasis to balance the immune system response to stress.

Seborrhea dermatitis
Seborrhea dermatitis is a chronic skin condition.

Symptoms: Scaly, itchy rash. Most commonly affected areas are along the hairline, in and behind the ears, on the eyebrows, around the nose and on the chest. Dandruff is a type of seborrhea dermatitis.

Causes: Common skin yeast organisms, called Malassezia, may play a role in seborrhea dermatitis. It appears to run in families and is associated with disorders of the immune system and the nervous system and is strongly associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Responds to: Seborrhea dermatitis responds to supplementation with essential fatty acids like many other skin conditions. The EFAs in OmegaPrime help reduce inflammation, nourish the fat pads under the skin and soothe the immune system. Seborrhea is triggered by stress as are most other skin disorders. Protection against stress with adaptogens and Vitamin B-12 is often helpful.

Your skin often reflects the best expression of a balanced, healthy life. Health only comes from healthy habits practiced daily over time. These habits are reflected in the philosophy of the 10 Essentials of Health and Wellness. Learn and live the 10 Essentials for enduring health. Take antioxidant nutrients, anti-stress nutrients, immune balancing nutrients and essential fatty acids and you are on your way to radiant health – inside and out!

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