Our skin is the largest organ and has a big, 24/7 job to do. The skin helps us determine temperatures such as what is hot or cold, whether or not we have a fever, and protects our bones, muscles and internal organs from infection and disease.
Here are some facts about the skin:
- Hair, skin, nails and exocrine glands make up the skin organ
- The skin weighs about 15% of our total body weight
- We shed 30,000-50,000 skin cells a minute or about 9 lbs per year, which adds up to a lot of dust in our homes (Reminds me of the character PigPen in Charlie Brown)
- The skin surface cells rejuvenate every 28 days
- We lose about 50-100 strands of hair each day
- Acne affects 40-50 million people of all ages
- Rashes that occur under the arms, under folds of skin and in the groin are from moisture and bacteria build-up
The skin is a reflection and a good indicator of our overall health as well as our internal health. Barring direct contact and environmental influences the health of our skin is mostly determined by the gut bacterial micro biome. It’s quite fascinating. What this translates to is that food and lifestyle habits determine the health of our gut which determines the health of our skin. When there is a gut bacterial imbalance secretions, pus and inflammation occur on the face in the form of acne, rashes and redness.
Nutrients such as zinc, Vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, silica, zinc and omega 3 fatty acids are essential for health and healthy skin. All of these nutrients are found in common, everyday foods such as vegetables, nuts, meats and seafood.
There are many skin care products on the market. Typically, they are applied topically and are only effective short-term. This is what I experienced when I followed the traditional health-care route of using a topical scrub for my then acne rosacea. The scrub only worked when I used it and if I stopped using the scrub the acne rosacea came back. While the scrub help clear my face (temporarily) it ruined my hands. Eventually, I stopped the scrub, healed my hands and healed my own acne rosacea using food and lifestyle factors.
Changing food and lifestyle factors not only can overcome acne rosacea and skin problems it can change and improve overall health.
If you or someone or someone you know, has acne, acne rosacea, or other skin ailments please contact me. 303.727.0192
Remember, healthy skin comes from within!