How Naturopathy Helps Skin Problems
Our team of Brisbane Naturopaths offers holistic naturopathic treatments to help with a range of skin conditions including acne, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis.
Sensitive skin is caused by a compromised skin barrier – a weak protective barrier means that heat, cold, wind and other environmental allergens will cause skin irritation.
Often a sensitive skin issue can be linked to a gut imbalance or immune system disfunction, so it is important to address sensitivity both topically and internally.
Comprehensive treatment of skin issue includes:
- Gut and liver function – the skin is an elimination organ. As is the gut and the liver. Thus, pressure on the skin could be a result of a sluggish gut or liver.
- Stress – has the potential to alter your inflammatory response, nutrient levels, dietary habits, hormones levels. All of these could increase skin conditions.
- Hormone balance – certain hormones are more prone to making the skin more reactive. Some hormones help to reduce inflammation. The balance is important.
- Immune function – in skin conditions with an autoimmune component we would assess nutrients and factors that could affect the immune system
- Nutrient status- nutrients can assist faster healing time of the skin. When certain nutrients are deficient the skin may be more prone to flaring.
- External irritants – is there anything environmental that is aggravating
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- Ginger: as a warming and gentle tonic for the skin, Ginger encourages healthy blood flow and supports skin nutrition through its anti-inflammatory and circulatory qualities.
- Echinacea: well-known for its lymphatic and immune benefits, Echinacea assists the immune system in the healing of skin irritations and wounds, as well as supporting immune and skin health to reduce the risk of allergy-related skin complaints.
- Fennel: known for its digestive health benefits, Fennel is included in this remedy to address the traditional naturopathic link between gut and skin health.
- Nettle: traditionally used for chronic skin conditions including eczema and urticaria (allergic rashes), nettle leaf is also a source of the skin nutrient Silica, a mineral essential for collagen formation and as a result for healthy, glowing skin.
- Calendula: a cooling, soothing anti-inflammatory herb for red hot skin conditions, Calendula is used for calming irritative skin conditions.
- Peppermint: known for its cooling and soothing qualities, Peppermint leaves are well suited for supporting skin health. This herb is particularly well indicated if digestive symptoms accompany skin issues.
Naturopath Skin Consultation may assist with:
- Identify inflammatory foods
- Identify Environmental triggers
- Discuss supplements such as Zinc & Vitamin C
- Herbalists soothing skin formula’s
- Supplement with a specific probiotic internally are a wonderful way to restore the skin and gut barrier.