FOCUS ➡ Dermatitis, Eczema, & Rosacea
➡ Dry, irritation, flaking, inflamed, red, warm, skin sores, itching, scaly, rough, advanced rosacea will cause pimple/blister-like bumps, and painful skin.
Dermatitis is a general term for inflammation of the dermal layers (skin). Within that category are the skin conditions of eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. These conditions have many symptoms in common, and often times they can overlap in the methods of helpful treatments/interventions.
Have you been asking yourself, "What is wrong with my skin?” People who suspect that they (or their children) have atopic dermatitis or a related condition, should keep three questions in mind:
Is the rash dry, scaly and/or itchy?
Is the rash chronic or re-occurring?
If the rash has occurred in the past, is the skin thicker (and/or rougher) in that area?
If the answer to any one of these questions is yes, the next step is to consult an allergist/immunologist or dermatologist about dermatitis and related conditions (i.e. psoriasis, eczema, rosacea). They can perform diagnostic tests, including TESTS:
Blood tests (CBC) and skin biopsy (of the site)
Allergy tests (IgG test)
Vitamin D (Note: According to the most recent research, a vitamin D level between 50 and 80 ng/mL appears to offer the greatest protection against cancer, as well as inflammatory and other chronic diseases).
Thyroid test (TSH, T3, T4)
POSSIBLE ROOT CAUSES:
• Rosacea specific skin sensitivity triggers:
-Facial irritation, such as heat, sun, or harsh exfoliation
-Processed foods intake(additives such as trans fats, MSG, aspartame, etc)
Allergies: Allergic reactions, mainly to environmental pollutants, topical contaminants (such as perfumed detergent or cosmetics), and foods can wreak havoc on the skin. The body releases high amounts of histamine in order to fight the allergen (invader). Histamine can cause a range of negative symptoms such as stuffy nose, and inflamed, itchy, dry skin. Vitamin C has been shown to naturally lower histamine levels. Consume fruits such as kiwi and strawberries and/or take a high-absorbing Vitamin C supplement, such as Dr. Mercola’s: www.mercola.com
Food triggers: The most common food trigger for skin issues is dairy. After that follows soy, corn, wheat/gluten, sugar, peanuts, and alcohol. To test for food allergies that negatively impact your immune system, ask your Doctor for an IgG test. This measures immuno-globins (basically the ‘strength’ of your immune defense). It’s an accurate way to discover your allergy triggers. In many cases, it is not so much the food itself, but the form of that food. Mainly GMOs tamper with the food’s DNA and cause our bodies to reject what once was a good thing. Genetically Modified Organisms can wreak havoc on our immune systems, causing flare-ups with various symptoms, and weakening the immune system over time, creating chronic auto-immune conditions. *Look for Non-GMO label on the foods you purchase: www.nongmoproject.org/
Vitamin D deficiency: Vitamin D lacking is common for this who live in colder climates. A continuous low level of D in the human body can result in symptoms of depression, low energy, muscle cramps, and severely dry scaly skin. Be sure to supplement with Vitamin. D3 (up to 5,000 IUs a day), especially during winter months. A Vitamin D test is a simple blood test.
Lack of healthy EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids): Many people stay away from fat in their diet, thinking it will make them fat. Poly & Mono Unsaturated fats actually are healthy and nourish the skin. These sources are fish, coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed, avocado, eggs, nuts, and seeds. You can also take a quality fish oil supplement. The suggested intake is 2,000 mg daily. Cod, Krill, Flax, Salmon and Borage oil are all excellent sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Not only are these oils helpful to the skin, but they can be supportive to brain function and cardiovascular system health as well.
Gut issues, mainly a lack of healthy Probiotics: Your gut needs healthy flora (bacteria) to not just survive but thrive! Poor diet and/or antibiotic use can compromise the healthy bacteria in your gut. It is wise to supplement with a quality Probiotic to restore gut flora for a balanced digestive and immune system (which affects the quality and health of your skin- your largest organ). Leaky Gut is a condition that should be considered. This is when the gut literally cannot absorb the nutrients you are consuming via your diet. This can be incredibly uncomfortable and dangerous to your health, long term. To learn more, check out my Holistic Skin Care Ebook at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/723527017/holistic-skin-care-e-book-instant
Use of chemical-based, toxic makeup and other body care products: Unfortunately, many commercial make-ups and body care products are filled with toxins that can distress our body’s largest organ- the skin! For a deeper look into your arsenal of products, check out: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Family history/genetics. Skin issues can run in families.
• Stress, Anxiety, Fear: A state of chronic stress or anxiety creates excessive amounts of histamine and cortisol in the body. Large amounts of cortisol is toxic and can destroy the immune system; therefore causing a breakdown in the skin’s membrane (rashes, sores, non-regenerating, irritations). The remedy for this varies per individual. Some ideas- Do not be afraid, let go of guilt and shame and worry, have faith, journal, read, be in nature, exercise/go for walks, get a massage, learn how to healthily manage your deep-rooted or daily stressors.
• Lack of Self Worth/Insecurity: Chronic skin issues can often build a sense of insecurity, especially if it is localized in the facial area. Establish healthy lifestyle actions to edify your self-esteem and remind yourself that you are of great value, and hold beauty inside and out! Begin this journey TODAY!
TOPICAL SKINCARE RESOURCES:
Avene Antirougeurs FORT Soothing Concentrate & Avène Thermal Spring Water https://www.aveneusa.com/
Skin Actives Scientific https://skinactives.com/
Cetaphil’s Hydrating Eye Gel Cream https://www.cetaphil.com/
Dr. Weil’s Mega Mushroom Serum & Toner https://bit.ly/2Z5IbTu
Eminence Organic Skin Care https://eminenceorganics.com/us
Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion https://amzn.to/2K3Mx7g
Sea Buckthorn Oil https://www.seabuckwonders.com/
Avena Botanicals, Calendula Oil https://www.avenabotanicals.com/products
Aura Cacia Organic Pure Essential Oil Myrrh 0.25 fl oz https://bit.ly/2skD8Dh
NOW Foods Essential Oils Frankincense Oil 1 fl oz https://bit.ly/2XSIMIn
Country Comfort Herbal Savvy Golden Seal-Myrrh 2 oz https://bit.ly/2OmcEtH
To learn more, check out my Holistic Skin Care Ebook at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/723527017/holistic-skin-care-e-book-instant
How are you caring for your skin this winter?