The conventional, surface-level, and ineffective approach, is to treat issues of the skin with topical creams and/or oral antibiotics, in an attempt to literally cover up the issue. While potentially effective in the short term, this common strategy is largely detrimental and short-sighted. Conversely, we use a whole-body approach to achieve clear and healthy skin, understanding that the skin is a window to, and a reflection of, the condition of all other organs.
The skin is the largest organ, a major source for detoxification, vitamin D production, absorption, and interaction with the external world. Unfortunately, it can also be a major source of distress if unclear. Because the skin is connected to all other organs, issues appearing at its surface arise from within the body. That is why it’s imperative to address imbalances throughout the body to achieve healthy and beautiful skin.
The skin contains an intricate immune system that protects from harmful invaders while remaining accepting and tolerant of helpful microbes. Immune dysfunction of the skin is treated using similar methods as for other autoimmune diseases. This includes gut optimization, specific diets, detoxification, immune system optimization, hormone balancing, mind-body connection techniques, and more.
Just one example of the strong connection between skin appearance and the internal body is seen through excess testosterone. Because the skin contains hormone receptors, acne on the face/ body is often a result of excess testosterone, which can be related to diet, stress, and toxins. Acne as a result of excess testosterone would not be fully resolved through the conventional approach of topical creams and oral antibiotics. Instead, we look deeper to address acne at its source.
The skin is also largely a reflection of the foods consumed and the health of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. For a brief introduction to this exciting and complex topic, please take a look at our article.