Leaky skin syndrome

barrier-impairment

You may have heard of leaky gut, but did you know that there is a knock-on effect of this condition with the skin, known as leaky skin syndrome? Continue reading

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Probiotics for our skin health…

 

 

Probiotics for a health skin

Probiotics for a health skin

Probiotics are live microorganisms that may confer a health benefit on the host.

We share a complicated relationship with bacteria. It exists on our skin, in our intestinal tract, urinary tract, among other places. Too much bacteria can make us very ill, but too little can also make us more vulnerable to illness.

With so many skins showing signs of stress and barrier impairment due to environmental factors and over use of harsh skin care ingredients that have a negative effect on our skins natural flora, should we use Probiotics in skin care to improve our skins health? Continue reading

Vitamin B3 and treating skin pigmentation

With the fast approach of our warmer months (southern hemisphere) and the last rays of summer in the northern hemisphere, it is worthwhile mentioning an effective way of treating skin pigmentation. Without harping on about wearing a sunscreen,which we all know is an absolute must to prevent this condition, I wanted to share a fantastic ingredient we now find in most good skin care ranges.

Niacinamide is a physiologically active derivative of Vitamin B3 and works at decreasing melanosome (pigment) transfer within our skin and is effective with all skin colours. Not only does it decrease skin pigmentation, it also boosts the skins immune system which can be suppressed when exposed to ultra violet radiation and helps with the repair of the skins barrier function (see previous post, Do you have sensitive skin? Then Your Barriers are down… Sept 5th 2012), by increasing synthesis of skin lipids.

This wonderful cosmetic ingredient has been noted in various double blind studies and the percentages have ranged from 4% – 10% with results well worth taking notice of. I prescribe products containing Niacinamide to 100% of my clients and ask they use it in the morning. If their skin is hyper sensitive, I suggest they use it morning and night until we see an improvement. I include it in all my protocols to treat skin conditions such as; Rosacea, Acne, Eczema, Photo Aged and also post cancer treatments when the skin has hyper sensitivity due to barrier function impairment from medications. When the skin has been affected with post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, this is my priority ingredient. I then reassess my protocol as the skin begins to repair and present less inflamed.

I would love to know what your thoughts are of this ingredient, are you currently using a product containing #Niacinamide? Have you noticed changes with your skin?

If you think your skin has any of these conditions, I cannot recommend a product with this ingredient in it fast enough. Try it and let me know what your results are.

Rosacea Mite

This is an article just released from the National University of Ireland. We have known about the Demodex mite for some time however, successful treatment has been controversial and varied. I still believe that if we maintain our skins barrier function and not scrub and wash the skin with harsh detergent based products, the skin will provide its own solution for dealing with the mite. It may also come back to the sugar loading in our westernised diets that also assist with correct environment for these little mites to thrive in. Food for thought I say, what are your thoughts?

Tiny mites on your face may cause rosaceavitals.nbcnews.comScientists may have finally found what sparks the inflamed and reddened skin in people suffering from rosacea: tiny mites that crawl across most of our faces, unseen and unfelt. The new finding may eventually lead to more effective treatments, researchers say. As it turns out, t …

 

 

Do you have a skin concern?

Did you know your skin is a great indicator of your internal health? If you eat a diet high in processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, dairy etc, your skin will reflect this and more often than not you will develop a skin condition. Skin aging is normal, however, if your diet creates inflammation internally, this will be evident as premature aging including wrinkles, lines, discolouration, broken blood vessels and edema. An imbalance of hormones is also mirrored in the skin; if you suffer with acne, your testosterone levels may be too high, if your testosterone levels are too low, you may have lax skin tone or sagging. Rosacea may also be a sign that things are not functioning well internally.

Some other causes of skin problems include:

  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • A high intake of refined foods and sugars
  • A high intake of saturated fats
  • Excess caffeine
  • Low consumption of  essential fatty acids in diet
  • Food allergies
  • Harsh and irritating cosmetics
  • Low water consumption

If you suffer with a problematic skin condition, you may need to consider some of these triggers and make some lifestyle and dietary changes.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing a case study so we can document the changes of a client with a skin problem and how we can make a difference with topical products & treatments and looking at dietary and lifestyle changes. Please share if you think this will be of help with any of your followers!

Enjoy your day. DCCx