Dr Holly Article – Skin Issues
Last Update: December 5, 2018 at 9:51 am
DATE: Dec 5, 2018
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I think it is very interesting how many companies swear that their skin product is the best. Like so many other issues in the body, it depends on what is causing the skin issue. Even commonly diagnosed issues eczema and psoriasis are challenging. I had one client who had a skin issue that had 3 different diagnoses and umpteen prescriptions that never solved the problem.
You have to look at what is causing the issue. And quite frankly, the diagnosis you give isn’t as important as identifying and correcting the underlying issue. This is a huge issue in Western Conventional medicine. The label for a pattern of symptoms is not the cause! Anymore than it is in psychology!
So to use expressions like, its not my fault, I have xyz is just totally inappropriate. In most cases, the label describes the symptoms not the cause!!! Even if someone says, I have a viral infection (or whatever kind of infection it may be), that is not the cause!!! The cause is an impaired immune system (and perhaps other compromised systems) that were not effective in eliminating the pathogen before it became an infection.
We have a huge number of pathogens in us all the time, from the air we breathe; to the water we drink; to the food we eat! We are inundated with pathogenic material. A healthy immune system eliminates it! A compromised immune system has a difficult time eliminating the pathogenic material and we end up with something we don’t want.
Like any other system in the body, the immune system needs to function well; it needs to get a good workout; and like a muscle it also needs time to recuperate.
Our skin has its own immune system, both innate (nonspecific) and adaptive (specific). The skin is composed of three major layers and their sublayers: epidermis (the outer layer), dermis (the middle layer), hypodermis (the deepest layer).
The outer layer, epidermis, contains immune cells like the Langerhans cells (dendritic cells that tell the innate and adaptive immune systems that there is a problem), the keratinocyte cells (specific skin cells) and epidermal T Lymphocytes.
The dermis layer contains a network of blood vessels and the lymphatic system. In terms of the immune system it contains lymphocytes, mast cells and macrophages. All are different types of immune cells.
So, we could actually say that our skin is an important part of our immune system. These cells protect us from pathogenic organisms, various toxins, and physical stressors.
Allergies, various toxins, atmospheric irritants, liver and immune issues can all cause issues on the skin. So while there are a huge number of skin products out there, you want to get the underlying issue(s) and resolve them rather than simply wasting your time on products that are not necessary or may not even be addressing the issue.
For instance, heavy metal poisoning (arsenic, cadmium, chromium, manganese, mercury) may cause skin issues.
- Lead levels are correlated with skin disease severity
- Low zinc and copper levels are associated with skin issues in children
- Hair loss can be due to heavy metal toxicity on the skin, including mercury, selenium, and thallium
The liver, as we know, can also cause skin issues. Liver damage may first be identified in the skin. The issues may include a yellowing of the skin and eyes may be indicative of jaundice. PBC or primary biliary cirrhosis is a condition wherein the bile ducts, that transport bile from the liver to the gallbladder and then down to the intestines, are damaged and one of the resulting symptoms is itching. Hepatitis C can cause bumps, rashes and itchy spots. Bleeding and bruising tendencies may also indicate an unhealthy liver that is not producing enough blood clotting proteins. If the liver is not producing enough glutathione to regulate the hormones, oestrogen levels get too high and cause small spider like capillaries under the skin.
Of course, when we recognize that my favorite compound, glutathione, has its highest concentration in the liver and that the liver impacts on virtually every system and organ in the body, we can only imagine the number of issues that could result from an unhealthy liver.
Nutrient deficiencies can also cause skin conditions. The most common nutrient deficiencies are Vitamins A (referred to as toad skin) B2, B3, B6, (usually the B vitamins work together) C ( important in to the synthesis of amino acids like tyrosine, tryptophan and vitamin B9) and, D (important for skin cell growth, repair, immune system and metabolism) along with minerals like zinc (which may be nutrient deficiency or inability to absorb due to kidney or pancreatic dysfunction).
Bottom line. Yes there a number of skin issues, but there are also a number of causes. While addressing the symptoms, make sure you are figuring out what the underlying cause is so you can eliminate rather than manage!!!