by Rebeca Gracia
Skin disorders and sensitivities are a daily ongoing occurrence for millions of people. These conditions are not only unsightly, but can cause significant discomfort. Common skin conditions such as acne, dry skin, eczema and psoriasis can be caused by specific triggers and can therefore be minimized or avoided altogether.
Acne: For blackheads or pimples and redness, common triggers include sugar, refined carbohydrates (which are turned into sugar in the body), fried foods and hormones in processed dairy products. Sugars and carbohydrates stimulate an insulin surge in the body which is known to cause increased sebum production from sebaceous glands. Sebum is the oily secretion on the skin, and excess sebum contributes to acne. Dairy products frequently contain hormones that cause dysfunction of the sebaceous glands which results in acne. Skin care specialists recommend using an elimination diet to step-by-step cut out sugars and diary and identify specific triggers and improve skin condition.
Dry, scaly or dull skin: Common causes include dehydration, hormone imbalances and thyroid disorders. As simple as it sounds, drinking enough water should be the first step in maintaining healthy skin. Most people don’t drink enough water or ingest high levels of caffeine each day, and can experience skin conditions due to lack of sufficient hydration. The average individual needs at least 64 ounces of purified water to maintain healthy skin. Each cup of a caffeinated beverage should be replaced with one to two cups of water. Hormone imbalances can also cause dry skin. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone should be kept in appropriate ratios for optimal health. Dry skin can also be an early symptom of thyroid imbalances.
Eczema: For itchy or painful rash, look to the cause of eczema and most skin conditions in the digestive system. Food allergies or bacterial overgrowth in the intestines are the most frequent source of skin eruptions. The offending food causes a leaky gut syndrome within the body that results in skin irritation. Inflammation in the stomach, small intestine or colon can prevent sufficient absorption of nutrients from food. In addition, dysfunction in the liver or pancreas or other metabolic organs can prevent appropriate metabolism of nutrients, and many times cause skin conditions.
Psoriasis: With autoimmune or hyperimmune types of rash, chronic skin problems can also arise from imbalances in the digestive system microflora. Much of our body’s immune system is controlled by the bacteria and other organisms in the gut. When the microflora in our digestive tract becomes out of balance, we may experience more allergic type skin conditions as the immune system struggles to adapt.
The skin is the largest organ of our body, and these conditions are symptoms of an underlying imbalance. If someone suffers from a skin condition, they should ask their healthcare provider to investigate underlying imbalances with a whole body thermogram.
Dr. Rebeca Gracia is the director of the Thermography Center of Dallas, located at 5220 Spring Valley, Ste., 405, in Dallas. For appointments, call 214-352-8758. For more information, visit ThermographyCenter.com.