Healthy skin is an integral part of good health. Not only does the skin provide a physical barrier to protect us from the external environment, but also an immunological barrier defending against bacterial, fungal, and viral infection.
Among other functions, this semi-permeable membrane serves as a starting point in the synthesis of vitamin D. It is also responsible for up to 80% of heat transfer in the body, and prevents transcutaneous water loss, making it vital for fluid regulation.
Given the importance of this amazing organ, it comes as no surprise that even a mild disruption in barrier function could have major repercussions not just on skin quality, but on overall health.
Steps to Successful Skin Support
Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne are a very emotive area of health, and understandably we are often looking for speedy, tangible results. From a Practitioner’s viewpoint, however, skin conditions require comprehensive treatment strategies, and it can be a quite a challenging road to improvement.
The fundamentals of healthy skin lie in promoting detoxification, balancing gut flora, and restoring epidermal integrity. In addition to this, other factors specific to the condition must also be considered. These include managing stress, balancing the immune response, supporting elimination channels, and of course good nutrition and lifestyle advice.
Achieving these goals takes time, but the good news is that providing rapid and effective relief from the pain and irritation of skin afflictions is no longer beyond reach.