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What Your Skin Problem Could Be Trying To Tell You & Tips To Help

My Skin Story

This is a subject that is very close to the heart for me. Without the skin issues I have suffered from in the recent years, it may have taken me years to realize the damage I was causing to my gut. My skin problems were the beginning of my path towards a natural & healthy lifestyle.

When I was 22 years old I developed Dermatitis on my face. A skin issue that effected the lower part of my face, causing is to be red, blotchy, dry, & irritated. I went to the dermatologist, was prescribed a topical steroid & antibiotic. After about a year of faithful use of the medicines, I returned to the doctor frustrated, and his only solution was to take a months worth of oral antibiotics.. which was not happening! So out of pure frustration I turned to Google for answers. and I found a ladies blog that changed EVERYTHING for me.. come to find out all the chemicals in the products I was using & dry skin was the root of this disease. After switching to all natural products, using ACV to clean my face & coconut oil to moisturize it.. my skin cleared up beautifully!

I wasn’t in the clear yet though.. at 24 years old another challenged arouse. I started getting Keratosis Pilaris bumps severely on my chest & back. It was horrible. I buckled down on my natural remedies.. exfoliated.. did everything right & still it never fully cleared up. Soon the answer came to me in all the nutritional reading I was doing.. Gluten. A key sign that you have a gluten allergy is this type of skin issue. And to top it off my high intake of processed sugar was reeking havoc on my stomach & fueling the inflammation behind this type of skin disease.

Fighting my skin issues from the outside wasn’t enough. Finding the right combination of removing the bad and replacing it with good was the key to my skin health… and is the key to many skin problems. Whether its acne, dry skin, oily skin, psoriasis, eczema.. or any issue.. you may want to rethink what you are putting on & in your body.

Steps to Help with Skin Issues

1. Switch to Natural Body Care

Our skin is considered our third kidney and most mainstream product lines we put on our body to absorb are FULL of chemicals. My eye opener was ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate (it has many different forms & names), which irritated my dermatitis. This is just one of many chemicals used in our everyday products. Here is a list of items to consider switching & some brand suggestions that I personally use.

2. Cut Out Processed Foods & Sugars

Foods that have been processed & that are full of sugar contribute to inflammation in our bodies… and our skin tends to be the first place to show when we make poor food choices. For example oily skin or acne can be the result of eating too many fried, greasy foods. Bottom line removing these types of food will benefit you beyond just your skin.

3. Try Elimination Diet

Main ingredients such as gluten & dairy can be the root of inflammation problems throughout the body & skin. The best way to find out is by eliminating anything that you are suspicious of causing you problems. Listen to your body.. feel how it reacts to certain foods. Gluten didn’t even bother my stomach when I ate it, just my skin. Try a 1 month diet free of those foods & see how you feel. If your problem clears up.. then you may want to consider permanently removing it.

4. Increase intake of Foods & Supplements that Encourage Skin Health

Not only is it important to remove foods from your diet that could be hurting your skin health, but its also just as important to be getting the right foods to be contributing to it. Eating fresh whole foods like vegetables & fruits, healthy fats: avocado, seeds, nuts, coconut oil, & nut butters.. will help contribute nutrients that your skin needs

A vitamin or mineral deficiency may also be playing a role in your skin health. Ideally an optimal diet would provide what your body with what it needs, but in today’s world that can be very difficult. Getting your Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) is important for skin, brain, & heart health. Also, getting a full spectrum of Vitamin A-E is important & minerals like zinc, magnesium, & selenium. A good start to insure you are getting these is a good multivitamin. Garden of Life is a trustworthy brand.

5. Take a break from steaming hot shower

Don’t kill the messenger! Lol. When your skin is having a flare up or really dry.. long hot showers are so hard on your sensitive skin. So try laying off the hot showers to give your skin a break.

6. Drink Plenty of Water!

Drinking plenty of water will not only benefit your skin, but your entire body. Getting enough water fuels your body, helps remove toxins, aids in digestion, and will promote fresh, healthy skin. On average research suggest around 2.3 liters a day for woman & 3 liters for men.

Also try eating foods that have a high water content: watermelon, grapefruit, lettuce, broccoli, & apples are great choices.

 

As always- I encourage you to do your own research & even confide in a medical professional if you feel that it is necessary. If you have any suggestions that have personally worked for you.. Please share!!

love you. live long

 

 

 

 

 

Why Coconut Oil is Amazing

Coconut oil is incredible for your body inside & out! I found out about this amazing product several years ago when I was suffering from dermatitis on my face.. Little did I know I was discovering my go to cure all for problems for my body inside & out.

Coconut oil itself is a healthy fat, that is anti-bacterial & anti-fungal.. so it has the ability to fight off fungus, bacteria, & viruses.. It is also an incredible moisturizer for you skin, hair, & nails.

Here is a great image that shows some of the major benefits of using coconut oil from Coconutoil.com:

Coconut Oil Health Benefits Infograph

Here are some personal uses I have found it great for:

  • Cooking- it has a high smoke point (for more info- click here)
  • Adding to smoothies to boost flavor
  • Makeup remover
  • Natural deodorant  (click for recipe)
  • Oil Pulling – this is a new one for me & its amazing!! Check on the link for directions & benefits! Defiantly a must to add to your daily routine.
  • When paired with Apple Cider Vinegar: clears up dermatitis, acne.. and other skin flare ups
  • Coffee creamer (referred to by a friend)
  • Helps remove scars over longterm use
  • Natural misquote & bug repellent (mosquitoes are attracted to a bacteria on your skin, Coconut oil is anti-fungal & anti-bacterial!)
  • When paired with Aloe vera gel: helps soothe & heal sunburns faster.

Some tips for using it:

Skin Care– I have found that it absorbs best right out of the shower on damp skin. Especially if you suffer from dry, sensitive skin.. you should pat dry (do not rub dry.. its so hard on sensitive skin!), leaving your skin a little moist, then apply. Walking around throughout your day oily can not be ideal, so I recommend doing it at night time. Give yourself time to dry out a little bit. Also- ladies it removes make up, so don’t use it on your face when your trying to wear make up. 😉

Hair Care– a friend of mine helped clear a eczema flare up on her scalp by using Apple Cider Vinegar, followed by Coconut oil & letting it sit. If you can leave it over night.. it gives it even more time to work. Note: a little goes a long ways with the coconut oil.. I learned this lesson the hard way & had to rinse my hair several times before the oiliness came out!

Internal Care– I use about 1 Tbsp for smoothies & cooking. You will learn to adjust it according to your flavor preference. I would not recommend eating it straight on a empty stomach.. another lesson I learned the hard way! They also make coconut oil supplements, which may be an easier way to get your daily dose.

As always, do your own research.. and see what works best for you! If you have any questions, or suggestion- please share in a comment!

love you. live long.

Photograph Credit: That’s Forever Photography   (my personal work)