Our skin is a reflection of our inner health, and a much larger pattern of susceptibility and disease tendency

It is the largest organ in the body, and a very important indicator of what’s going on inside. Having great looking skin is what most of us focus on, but in reality, if something’s not right with your skin it’s worth digging deeper and sorting it out.

The body is an amazing machine, and tries to express imbalance, intolerance and inflammation in the most superficial and the least invasive way. So, eczema for example, is often viewed by Naturopath’s as a safety valve – nature’s way of releasing problems within the body through the skin. By eliminating through the skin, it means that the issue doesn’t show up within deeper tissues and organs, causing more difficult problems, which can happen quickly or many years later.

Suppressing eczema or acne with topical and oral medications, is definitely not within the realms of Naturopathy. The idea is to rebalance, alleviate, detox and treat the underlying cause to help pave the way for a healthier future and glowing skin.

Common causes underlying skin problems

Problems ranging from eczema, psoriasis, oily skin, acne, dry flaky skin, excessive sweating, cracked heals and hard skin to thin skin, itchiness, acne rosacea, cysts, dark circles under eyes and easy bruising, can all be addressed by looking at underlying causes.

Causes can include:

  • Poor digestive function, such as gut inflammation and poor nutritional uptake.
  • Lack of essential fatty acids, vitamins A, C and Zinc
  • Irregularity of adrenal glands
  • Deficiency of blood or body fluids
  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Toxic congestion in the body
  • Not enough healthy fats in the diet
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Lack of vitamin D

If you are frustrated with a nagging or irritating skin condition then it might be time to think about addressing some of the common underlying causes.